- Full Description
Direct Market Exclusive Edition! Each page of art, showing blue pencils and finished b&w inking, has been scanned from Dave Stevens' gorgeous original art. Collecting the entire Rocketeer saga,119 pages and 7 covers, from 1981-94, featuring his iconic, pulp-inspired hero. Down-on-his luck aviator Cliff Secord finds an experimental jetpack, then is pursued by Nazi agents intent on capturing the pack, all while balancing his relationship with his stunning girlfriend Betty (inspired by the real Bettie Page).
Cliff is up to his ears in intrigue and derring do.
These are the stories that helped to bring Bettie Page back into national fame, and also resulted in her actually re-surfacing after years of questions about where she had gone. Dave would eventually get to know her and become one of her most trusted friends.
Meanwhile, as one of the very finest artists in modern comics, Dave was creating exciting adventure that rivals the best we've ever seen by artist icons like Jim Steranko, Russ Heath and even Frank Frazetta. And that is no exaggeration. Much like Mark Schultz channeled Frazetta and Williamson into his own style that is so widely admired today, Dave also grew up admiring these masters. Dave's artwork was inspired by them and is as exciting as the best work by these giants of comic art. And you can really, really see that right here in these stunningly well-reproduced pages.
The Rocketeer Artist's Edition was one of the very first releases, and has long, long been unavailable, as it has quickly gone up in value, when and if you can find one. This offers what was there, along with newly found material (an unused cover and other rare pieces), stunningly reproduced in eye-popping detail. And for a bargain price.
An Artisan edition is done to the same exacting quality standards as IDW's award-winning Artist's Edition series, just at a smaller (and more manageable!) size.
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of Dave Stevens' classic characters, from Betty's famous nude "Wow" scene, which was made into a poster, to sultry bathroom poses, lingerie panels, and oh my gosh, lots more. But all around this we still have an exciting story, told with a bold dexterity that makes one think of Alex Toth and, again, of Jim Steranko. It doesn't get better than this.
- Additional Information
Item Code DSRAE Publisher IDW Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781631409387 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 8x12 # Pages 140pg Color b&w