IDW Publishing has announced it is celebrating 40 years of the Rocketeer with the release of The Rocketeer: The Great Race from Stephen Mooney.
“Writing and drawing a Rocketeer book has long been somewhat of a bucket-list item for me. I grew up on Dave Stevens’ unique blend of swashbuckling derring-do and pulpy adventure with Cliff, Betty, and Peevy, and those seminal issues still stand today as one of my favorite series of all time,” said Mooney in a press release from IDW Publishing. “It’s incredibly daunting and yet also fantastically thrilling and a real challenge. Let’s take to the skies!”
In The Great Race, stunt pilot Cliff Secord returns to a West Coast steeped in paranoia over the looming war in Europe. Having finally had enough of his near-death scrapes as the high-flying Rocketeer, the only thing in Cliff’s crosshairs is a prestigious, winner-take-all air race that runs from California to France! Maybe it’s finally time to smarten up and fly straight… by taking his best girl Betty to Paris! But other parties want to win the race for their own nefarious ends, and Cliff will need to decide which prize is truly the most valuable of all.
Rocketeer: The Great Race is a four-issue mini-series that will also feature an oral history of the character from Dave Stevens’ friends, family, and fellow artists.
The Rocketeer: The Great Race arrives in April 2022.