The Rocketeer: The Complete Deluxe Edition

The Rocketeer: The Complete Deluxe Edition


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The Rocketeer and The Rocketeer: Cliff's New York Adventure are collected for the first time as a deluxe, oversized volume. With completely re-mastered art and coloring, Dave Stevens' masterpiece soars off the page as it never has before–and looks as stunningly beautiful as it always should have.

This collection contains more than 130 pages of supplemental material: sketches, preliminaries, character designs, script pages, photographs, and original art pages, as well as commentary by Dave Stevens and several of his peers, who occasionally assisted him on The Rocketeer.

The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures Deluxe Edition was honored with three Harvey Awards and won the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection/Project–Comic Books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600105371
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication date: 12/28/2009
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 673,673
Product dimensions: 8.44(w) x 12.78(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

About the Author

Dave Stevens was born in Lynwood, California on July 29, 1955. His career in comics began in 1975, assisting veteran artist Russ Manning on the syndicated Tarzan newspaper strip. Stevens went on to toil as a storyboard artist for Hanna-Barbara, DePatie-Freleng and Filmation animation studios, working on such programs as Super Friends and The Godzilla Power Hour. Later, Stevens was asked by Steven Spielberg to create presentation boards for Raiders of the Lost Ark. During the same period, Stevens storyboarded the groundbreaking music video Thriller for Michael Jackson and did production design for Jackson’s Victory Tour

In 1982, Stevens debuted the feature for which he is best known, The Rocketeer. Initially appearing as a back-up feature in the second issue of an independent comic, the pulp-inspired story of Cliff Secord, a daring stunt pilot who finds an experimental rocket pack, became an instant sensation. The Rocketeer went on to star in his own comic book series, and in 1991 would become a well-received major motion picture from Walt Disney Studios. 

Stevens’ lush figure work, particularly when rendering the female form, coupled with his elegant brush line, brought him much acclaim far beyond the confines of comic books. In particular, his breathy portrayals of Cliff’s girlfriend Betty, inspired by famed pin-up queen Bettie Page, helped revitalize interest in the ‘50s icon, a fact openly acknowledged by Page, who became close friends with Stevens in her final years. 

On March 11, 2008, Dave Stevens lost a long battle against leukemia.

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Cliff Secord is a stunt pilot who finds a rocket pack hidden in the cockpit of his plane. He figures the pack is a ticket to the big time and will help him keep his high maintenance girlfriend Betty. With the help of his good friend Peevy, he becomes the Rocketeer, saves Betty from Nazi's, meets Howard Hughes, and has a big adventure in New York."The Rocketeer" was first published by Pacific Comics in 1982 as a backup feature at the rear of the second issue. If the story sounds familiar, you may have seen the 1991 Disney movie based on this comic with Billy Campbell and Jennifer Connelly. The comics creater, Dave Stevens, was inspired by Commando Cody, a movie serial hero, and by pulp stories of the 1930's. Cliff's girlfriend Betty is modeled on the queen of pin-up models, Bettie Page. The illustrations are lush and dramatic with action on every page. This is the deluxe issue with two stories, the only stories completed and published before Pacific went under, and many extra notes and sketches. Stevens died in 2008 of leukemia before this compilation was published.