Comic Review: The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures Deluxe Edition (IDW Publishing)

Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer comic series Complete Adventures Deluxe Edition gets a reprint this month. And Deluxe it is! It’s a hardcover full colour compilation of all of Stevens’ Rocketeer […]

Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer comic series Complete Adventures Deluxe Edition gets a reprint this month.

And Deluxe it is! It’s a hardcover full colour compilation of all of Stevens’ Rocketeer stories, plus over a hundred pages of his sketches, character profiles, musings, rough drawings, page layouts, and more.

This is a superb gathering of all materials around Rocketeer, Stevens’ drama adventure saga set in the American 1930s. Planes, trains, automobiles, molls, moola! This retro story is filled with gorgeous-yet-cartoonishly-caricatured characters, including pilot Cliff Secord, his friend Peevy, and his girlfriend Betty, modeled after Bettie Page. The line work is meticulous and wonderful, the colouring is top-notch, the dialogue witty and nicely “1930s.”

A savvy reader of this volume will begin to understand more of Stevens’ work process throughout and appreciate the behind-the-scenes assists by Michael W. Kaluta, Jaime Hernandez, Doug Wildey, and others.

Following its original 2009 release, this volume won an Eisner Award for its page design.

IDW, The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures Deluxe Edition, $130.00 for 274 pages hardcover.

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!