Together with Butch Guice and the family of Bill Mantlo, we have officially launched a Kickstarter campaign to restore Swords of the Swashbucklers, a creator-owned pirate comic book series published by Marvel from 1984 to 1987, as a high-quality collected edition. Backer support will not only give the long-lost, groundbreaking series the complete and fully-remastered treatment that it deserves, but will preserve the prized work of Bill Mantlo, an industry great whose career was tragically derailed by a vehicular accident.

The Swords of the Swashbucklers Kickstarter campaign began on April 13th and will run through May 12th. The program met its first funding goal within 24-hours of launch and has subsequently surpassed its first stretch goal. With just over $24,000 raised in one week, we are close to reaching second stretch goal, and there is still much work to be done!

We’d like to take a moment and familiarize you with Bill Mantlo, an exceptional talent and inspiration in the comic book industry, and give context to why this Kickstarter is so important:

Bill Mantlo rose through the Marvel ranks in the 70s and 80s to become one of their Bullpen’s most dependable writers. He scripted over 500 Marvel comic books including Spectacular Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Micronauts, and Rom: SpaceKnight. Known for his far-flung cosmic adventures and colorful personalities, Mantlo would be partly responsible for bringing to life Rocket Raccoon, the star of the 2014 blockbuster film, Guardians of the Galaxy and this coming May’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. At the height of his career, Bill Mantlo was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in New York City. He suffered a closed-head brain injury that severely impaired his memory, mobility, and fine motor skills. For twenty years, he has resided in a rehabilitation center, where staff assist with nearly all of his physical activities.

If you’re unfamiliar with Mantlo’s creator-owned Swords of the Swashbucklers, it blends elements of Guardians of the Galaxy with Pirates of the Caribbean, and follows spirited teenager Domino Drake, a normal girl who stumbles upon an alien artifact, acquires uncanny power, and becomes a beacon for intergalactic trouble. With her tabby cat in tow, Domino joins the motley crew of the Starshadow, a spacefaring pirate ship captained by the charismatic and fearless Raader.

Upon successful completion of the Swords of the Swashbucklers Kickstarter, Dynamite will publish the series as a full-color, fully remastered volume over 400 pages in length, containing the complete story from the original graphic novel, plus the 12-issue maxi-series. Backers who support the Swords of the Swashbucklers Kickstarter have the opportunity to receive rewards, including t-shirts, digital editions, collectible prints, hardcover upgrades, and hand-drawn illustrations by Butch Guice.  More importantly, however; backers who support this Kickstarter will not only grant one of comics’ earliest creator-owned projects new life with the premium treatment it deserves, but they’ll also help create a new source of revenue that will assist in paying for Bill Mantlo’s much-needed health care.

If you’re on the fence, perhaps some final words from the acclaimed artist Butch Guice may sway you! Guice, who launched his comics career in the 1990s with Rom and Micronauts and became a perennial favorite at both Marvel and DC Comics, reflects on his time working with Mantlo on the series: “I had the enormous pleasure of working with Bill Mantlo at the beginning of my own career, and I know from personal experience the vibrant infectious enthusiasm and joy Bill had for Swords of the Swashbucklers, and the stories we told together. This project is a wonderful way to honor Bill Mantlo’s creative legacy. I hope fans, both old and new, support this effort, and I for one very much look forward to seeing the swashbuckling crew of the Starshadow fly once more.”

You can read more about the project, or get involved, by visiting:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynamiteent/bill-mantlo-and-butch-guices-swords-of-the-swashbu

From all of us at Dynamite, and on behalf of Butch Guice and the Mantlo family, we thank you for your support!

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Together with Butch Guice and the family of Bill Mantlo, we have officially launched a Kickstarter campaign to restore Swords of the Swashbucklers, a creator-owned pirate comic book series published by Marvel from 1984 to 1987, as a high-quality collected edition. Backer support will not only give the long-lost,...