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 more widely known.In 2011, IDW Publishing produced a four-issue limited series, Rocketeer Adventures, with stories and art contributed by many famous comics creators including Kurt Busiek, Bruce Timm, and Mark Waid.
The comic book provides examples of:
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting:
- Cliff is Errol Flynn.note
- The hero's love interest bears a striking (and entirely deliberate) resemblance to Bettie Page, and is named Betty.
- The villain in "Cliff's New York Adventure" is modeled on Rondo Hatton.
- Cliff's sleazy photographer romantic rival is based on real erotic photographer Ken Marcus (who was a friend of Stewart).
- Cool Helmet: The most distinctive visual element of the character; the big dorsal fin is used for steering.
- Diesel Punk: The art style contains a bit of it.
- It's Not Porn, It's Art: In-universe, 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 and the rich man in New York.
- Ms. Fanservice: Cliff's girlfriend sure doesn't wear a lot of clothes. Even when she isn't posing in lingerie!
- Two-Fisted Tales
- Weapon of Choice: Cliff's weapon of choice as the Rocketeer is a Mauser C96 Broomhandle Pistol.