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The Rocketeer is a comic book series with writing and art by Dave Stevens. In a homage to the Pulp Magazines of the 1930s, a stunt pilot finds an experimental jetpack and sets up as a hero.
The series suffered from an erratic publishing schedule, with gaps between installments sometimes stretching for years. A complete collection of the entire series was published by IDW Publishing in 2009.
The 1991 film adaptation is probably more widely known.
The comic book provides examples of:
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting:
- The hero's love interest bears a striking (and entirely deliberate) resemblance to Bettie Page.
- The villain in "Cliff's New York Adventure" is modelled on Rondo Hatton.
- Author Existence Failure: Dave Stevens' cancer made it difficult for him to do any more comics.
- It's Not Porn, It's Art: Betty's scumbag photographer friend uses this as an excuse.
- Jet Pack
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Several heroes from the real 1930s pulps make guest appearances, most notably the unnamed inventor of the jetpack.
- Ms. Fanservice: Cliff's girlfriend sure doesn't wear a lot of clothes. Even when she isn't posing in lingerie!
- Two-Fisted Tales