One of my favorite finds from the 1980’s was Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer.Â Since it wasn’t published by one of the big two at the time, I had a devil of a time tracking down the individual issues.Â Each comic book convention I’ve attended in the recent years, have either not had the missing issues I needed, or had the price jacked up beyond having a nice reader copy.
Fortunately, this October (2009), IDW will release the complete collected Rocketeer series in a nice hardcover edition featuring a cover remastered from Dave Stevens original work.
After more than a decade out of print, The Rocketeer makes a triumphant return to stores this October with a comprehensive hardcover edition featuring artwork digitally re-mastered from Stevensâ€™ own lovingly maintained collection of originals, and all-new coloring by Laura Martin, the Eisner-Award-winning colorist handpicked by Stevens himself.
The Rocketeer, a rollicking tribute to pulp novels and Saturday morning matinee serials, follows the high-flying adventures of stunt pilot Cliff Secord and his girlfriend Betty, after Cliff finds a mysterious jet pack and takes to the sky. The graphic novel went on to become a much-loved major motion picture directed by Joe Johnston.
In addition to the mass-market hardcover, a very special deluxe edition is planned. Presented in a larger format, the deluxe edition will be filled with behind-the-scenes material, a treasure of additional pages featuring previously unpublished Rocketeer designs, preliminaries, and sketches by Dave Stevens, many taken from his personal sketchbooks.
â€œIt is an honor to work on The Rocketeer,â€ said IDW Special Projects editor Scott Dunbier, â€œIâ€™ve been a fan of Dave Stevens and The Rocketeer since I first read it in the early 80s. It was a dream of Daveâ€™s to see his creation return to the shelves in a complete collection. We are dedicated to making this the definitive edition, a book Dave would have been proud of.â€ This October The Rocketeer will fly once more.
One deluxe hardcover for me, please!
For those looking for a super gigantic version of the above image, I can be persuaded bribed.
via IDW Publishing