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The Rocketeer

The Complete Rocketeer will be released in early December, through IDW Publishing.

The Complete Rocketeer will be released in early December, through IDW Publishing.

AWESOME. Awesome, awesome, f’in awesome.

When IDW first announced back in March The Complete Rocketeer by Dave Stevens, it instantly went on our wish list. Originally scheduled for an October release, it now hits in early December.

From IDW’s press release:

After more than a decade out of print, The Rocketeer makes a triumphant return to stores with a comprehensive hardcover edition featuring artwork digitally re-mastered from Stevens’ 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.

Here’s our press release about it: ORDER THIS THING!

More info / resources:

Wikipedia has a nice, concise explanation of The Rocketeer‘s publication history (it bounced around), and here’s the official site for the late Dave Stevens.

Looking for the new Complete Rocketeer hardcover (as you should be)? As always, our first recommendation is to support your local comic shop by ordering it through them…

…however, if you’d like to order online, head over to Amazon for either the regular edition or the deluxe edition, which includes hundreds of never-before-seen Rocketeer drawings and preliminaries by Dave Stevens!

Oh, and it’s also a featured product on the Copper Age Comics aStore!

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