The Rocketeer has become a beloved character in the rich history of the American pulp genre. Creator, Dave Stevens claimed to not enjoy being an interior artist but preferred doing covers and it shows. I decided to collect some of my favorite Rocketeer covers and pinups Stevens did for the series. I think you’ll agree that this really allowed his design flair and figure work to really shine.
Dave Stevens was a wonderful artist known primarily for his work on The Rocketeer. His interior art unfortunately is criminally small, but luckily he did devote a lot of time to doing comic covers.
When I randomly found this cover, I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at. I still don’t, but I know it’s amazing and that’s good enough for me. A scantily clad pinup nurse and a massive cybernetically enhanced possum that could give Cable a run for his money? Yes, please.
I did find out that this belongs to the cover of Orbit #1 from 1990, a best of collection of short stories appearing in legendary sci-fi author, Isaac Asimov’s magazine.
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The Rocketeer is a character who has done a good job worming its way into the American consciousness over the last 30 or so years, without really doing much. I had loved the 1991 Disney movie when I was a kid, but when I watched it as an adult I felt strangely let down. IDW eventually acquired the rights to the character and put out all of the different parts that make up Dave Stevens main story and released them as a collection. It was time for me to finally investigate the hype.