We've been talking a lot about Bill Mantlo lately with Rocket Raccoon appearing in his second film and Cloak & Dagger getting a trailer. There's also been the talk about Swords of the Swashbucklers as Dynamite runs a kickstarter project to collect the series Mantlo did with Jackson Guice. The project soared past the initial goal and two stretch goals. With that, the publisher has made one final stretch goal and if obtained, there will be a new Swords of the Swashbucklers comic project with Guice and the Mantlo family involved.
Recently the good news was announced that thanks to an agreement with Marvel, Mantlo would be moving out of a nursing facility and into his own home with the care he needs. He will also receive royalties from the Swords of Swashbucklers collection and any new series.
Launched on April 13th, the Kickstarter campaign supports the restoration of the Swords of the Swashbucklers comic series, a creator-owned pirate adventure published by Marvel from 1984 to 1987, as a high-quality collected edition. The support of backers not only gives the long-lost, groundbreaking series the complete and fully-remastered treatment that it deserves, but preserves the prized work of writer Bill Mantlo, an industry great whose career was tragically derailed by a vehicular accident. The new $50,000 stretch goal threshold will continue the adventures of the interstellar pirate vessel Starshadow, its captain Raader, and displaced Earth girl Domino Blackthorne in a full-color project.
I've been talking to quite a few industry professionals show were not only influence by Mantlo's work, but are huge fans of the Swords of the Swashbuckler series. There's not telling who might want to get involved is the new series becomes a reality.
The Swords of the Swashbucklers Kickstarter campaign is open until May 12 for backers to contribute toward the new stretch goal: