There have been a lot of articles online lately, many associated with the sale of the T-shirt above, suggesting that Rocket's creator Bill Mantlo was in financially dire straits and not likely to see a dime from Marvel out of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Well, his brother Michael just attempted to put that to rest with a Facebook post reiterated by James Gunn:
...Marvel has compensated, is compensating, and will continue to compensate Bill well into the future for anything that he's entitled to compensation for. Please don't spread false or malicious rumors, gang. Bill's relationship with Marvel is EXCELLENT, and I wish for it to continue to be so. And all the false or exaggerated "facts" being tossed around about his accident (he was NOT in a coma for "years", and the family was NOT put into financial ruin or destitution, among other WRONG "facts"). Yes, Bill was the victim of a horrible and tragic accident. Blowing everything out of proportion does no one any good. You guys (ALL OF YOU) have been a Godsend to Bill for these past 22 years by keeping his name & reputation alive, and by continuing to champion my cause of helping him improve his quality of life in whatever way I can, and I thank you ALL sincerely for that...
I'm sure they'd still be happy if you bought the shirt. It is, after all, pretty stylin' and he does make some money off of it.
via James Gunn