The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures HC
The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures (IDW Publishing)
By Dave Stevens
Back in the 80s, the late Dave Stevens created a new World War II-era hero, a high-flying, jetpack-wearing gladiator called the Rocketeer. Although his adventures only lasted for two serials, the character spun off into a movie and has become a perennial favorite of fans. For the first time, all of the original adventures by Stevens are collected here, completely recolored, in a gorgeous hardcover collection. The stories are epic in and of themselves. In the first, a stunt pilot finds an experimental jetpack stolen from the government and uses it to become a superhero. The second takes him cross-country to New York to track down his girlfriend, only to wind up teaming up with one of the all-time great pulp heroes. Stewart created some truly timeless characters, and his artwork (beautiful in and of itself) is made even greater by modern color techniques. As big a fan of the character as I am, this is the first time I’ve read all of the original stories, and it just made me want all the more to see someone pick up the character and run with him. There’s so much story left in Cliff Secord and company, it’d be a shame if no more stories are ever told.