BILL ROTSLER

Real Name: William "Bill" Rotsler

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Businessman

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Numa the lion, Bert Rose, Sharman

Enemies: Cobra (Klaus Voorhees), Mr. Hyde (Calvin Zabo)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York, USA

First Appearance: Daredevil I#142 (February, 1977)

Powers/Abilities: Bill Rotsler was a wealthy businessman in great physical shape who had access to a lot of money and resources. He had an avid book collection, including one written by Cagliostro.

Height: 6'0" (by approximation)
Weight: 190 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black

History: (Daredevil I#143 (fb) – BTS) – Wealthy New Yorker Bill Rotsler spent months establishing a jungle paradise for himself on a New York rooftop. Unable to leave New York due to his work, he built the habitat to help him to live his dream of being in the wild. He and his girlfriend Sharman set it up with plants and animals, bending regulations where they could. Bill also established a rare book collection, focusing on rare physics and chemistry books, and he built an impressive security system, utilizing fiberglass shields and motion detecting lasers.

(Daredevil I#142) – Bill and Sharman introduced a lion (Numa) to their jungle paradise. Bill, in a loincloth, and Sharman, in an animal-skin bathing suit, entered their paradise and were shockingly attacked by Mr. Hyde and Cobra, who were seeking out Rotsler's collection. Hyde knocked Bill unconscious as Sharman screamed then Daredevil arrived to battle the villains. They soon knocked Daredevil out then staked him to the roof, where they hoped the lion would hunt him.

(Daredevil I#143) – Bill (awake) and Sharman rushed in to find Daredevil choking and battling Numa, and they begged the hero to spare the beast.

(Daredevil I#143 – BTS) – Mr. Hyde and Cobra returned after Daredevil left, forced Bill to give them the Cagliostro book, then knocked Bill and Sharman out.

(Daredevil I#143) – Daredevil returned, woke Bill and Sharman up, and heard what happened. They thanked the hero as he rushed off to face the villains and Daredevil encouraged them to call Bert Rose at the police station.

Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman, Bob Brown and Jim Mooney. 

While I never found this confirmed in the comic directly, Bill Rotsler is almost definitely based on writer William Rotsler, who wrote many books, among them some Marvel fiction. Sharman is almost definitely based on his co-writer, Sharman Divino, who also wrote some Marvel fiction books, including some well-known ones on the Silver Surfer. Wikipedia entries linked here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rotsler
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharman_DiVono

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Bill Rotsler has no known connections to:


Numa

(Daredevil I#142 (fb) – BTS) – The wealthy Bill Rotsler in New York City set up a jungle paradise on a New York rooftop. Pushing through laws with his influence, he brought several animals to live on the roof, including Numa the lion.

(Daredevil I#142) – Bill Rotsler and his girlfriend Sharman introduced Numa into the habitat. Shortly after that, Mr. Hyde and Cobra attacked the couple then the hero Daredevil fought the villains. The villains triumphed and left Daredevil, unconscious and staked to the ground, as prey for Numa to hunt.

(Daredevil I#143) – Numa stalked in close to Daredevil, who awoke and attacked the animal, wrapping a cord around its neck and leaving it hanging from a tree. Bill and Sharman begged to spare the animal and soon released it.


--Daredevil I#142 (142 (fb) – BTS, 142, 143


Sharman

(Daredevil I#142 (fb) – BTS) – Sharman dated the wealthy Bill Rotsler, who used his money and influence to establish a rooftop jungle paradise in New York City.

(Daredevil I#142) – Sharman donned an animal-skin bathing suit and Bill wore a loincloth and they stepped into the jungle paradise as a new lion was released there. Just then, Mr. Hyde and Cobra attacked, knocking Bill out. Daredevil told Sharman to hide as he battled the villains but Daredevil was soon knocked out and staked to the ground, where they hoped the lion would hunt him.

(Daredevil I#143) – Bill and Sharman begged Daredevil not to hurt Numa.

(Daredevil I#143 – BTS) – Mr. Hyde and Cobra returned and attacked Bill and Sharman, forcing them to give them the book they sought. Then they knocked the two heroes out.

(Daredevil I#143) – Daredevil woke up Bill and Sharman and they explained what had happened.

--Daredevil I#142 (142 (fb) – BTS, 142-143,


images: (without ads)
Daredevil I#143, p3, pan1 (Bill, main image)
Daredevil I#142, p14, pan3 (Bill's face, with Sharman)
Daredevil I#143, cover (Numa)
Daredevil I#142, p14, pan7 (Sharman)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#142 (February, 1977) – Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Bob Brown (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker)
Daredevil I#143 (March, 1977) – Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Bob Brown (penciler), Keith Pollard (inker)


First Posted: 11/08/2018
Last updated: 11/08/2018

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