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Dave Stevens (1955–2008)

Author of The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures

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About the Author

Includes the name: Dave Stevens

Image credit: photo by Alan Light. 1982 Inkpot awards.

Series

Works by Dave Stevens

The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures (2015) 156 copies, 7 reviews
The Rocketeer: All 5 Action Chapters! (1985) 114 copies, 3 reviews
The Rocketeer: Cliff's New York Adventure (1996) — Author — 27 copies, 2 reviews
Dave Stevens: The Complete Sketchbook Collection (2011) — Author — 22 copies
Just Teasing (1991) 15 copies
The Rocketeer Special Edition #1 (1984) 7 copies, 1 review
Bettie Page comics 4 copies, 1 review
Alien Worlds #2 (1975) — Illustrator — 4 copies, 1 review
Pacific Presents #1: The Rocketeer (1982) — Author — 3 copies
Twisted Tales #9 (2000) 2 copies
Comics Interview # 97 (1991) 1 copy
Cheval Noir #7 (Dark Horse) 1 copy, 1 review
Cheval Noir #1 (Dark Horse) 1 copy, 1 review
Black Angel Verotik 1 copy, 1 review
Comico Attractions Pamplet 1 copy, 1 review
Back Issue Magazine 1982 1 copy, 1 review

Associated Works

The Rocketeer [1991 film] (1991) — Original comic book — 211 copies, 2 reviews
Hellboy: Weird Tales (2014) — Art (248) — 77 copies, 2 reviews
Girl Crazy #1 (1996) — Cover artist — 5 copies
Bettie Page: Queen of the Nile #3 (2000) — Cover artist — 4 copies, 1 review
Planet Comics #1 (Blackthorne Publishing) — Cover artist — 3 copies, 1 review
Info Trail: Pick up that Crisp Packet! [Persuasion] (2001) — Illustrator — 3 copies
Jonny Quest #5 (1986) — Cover artist — 3 copies, 1 review
Bettie Page: Queen of the Nile #1 (1999) — Cover artist — 3 copies, 1 review
Rocketeer Adventures #4 [IDW, 2011] (2011) — Cover artist, some editions — 3 copies
Sheena 3-D Special #1 (1985) — Cover artist — 3 copies
The Shadow and Doc Savage #2 (2000) — Cover artist — 3 copies, 1 review
The Shadow and Doc Savage #1 (1995) — Cover artist — 3 copies, 1 review
Airboy #5 (Eclipse Comics) (1986) — Cover artist — 3 copies, 1 review
Starslayer #2 (1982) — Author — 3 copies
Bettie Page: Queen of the Nile #2 (2000) — Cover artist — 2 copies
King Kong #1 of 6 Monster Comics — Cover artist — 2 copies, 1 review
Cult Movies No. 11 — Cover artist — 2 copies, 1 review
Crossfire and Rainbow No. 4 of 4 — Cover artist, some editions — 1 copy, 1 review
Cult Movies #9 Magazine — Cover artist — 1 copy, 1 review
Crossfire #12 (Eclipse Comics) — Cover artist — 1 copy, 1 review
Comic Art n.82 - Agosto 1991 — Cover artist — 1 copy
Comic Art n.106 - Agosto 1993 — Cover artist — 1 copy
Comic Art n.149 - Marzo 1997 — Cover artist — 1 copy
Comic Art n.117 - Luglio 1994 — Cover artist — 1 copy
Comic Art n.105 - Luglio 1993 — Cover artist — 1 copy
Comic Art n.58 - Agosto 1989 — Cover artist — 1 copy
Comic Art n.94 - Agosto 1992 — Cover artist — 1 copy
Comic Art n.104 - Giugno 1993 — Cover artist — 1 copy
The Rocketeer [2019 TV series] (2019) — Original characters — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Stevens, David Lee
Other names
Stevens, Dave
Birthdate
1955-07-29
Date of death
2008-03-11
Burial location
Turlock Memorial Park, Turlock, California, USA
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Places of residence
California, USA
Education
San Diego City College
Occupations
illustrator
comic artist
penciller
Relationships
Stevens, Carolyn (mother)
Stevens, Daniel, (brother)
Stevens, Brinke (ex-wife)
Stevens, Jennifer (foster sister)
Stevens, Melody (foster sister)
Awards and honors
Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award (1982)
Inkpot Award
Kirby Award
Short biography
Best known for creating the "Rocketeer" comic book, as well as illustrations of pin-up model Bettie Page.

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Reviews

A fun collection of the Rocketeer comics that I remembered reading when I was a young kid (as well as the '91 movie). This says its the "Complete Adventures" but I'm pretty sure this is just the beginning history and the first of his pre-serial issues. I could be wrong and its been a long time since I've read the originals, I'll have to do some Googling/reading up on that.

This is just fun "pulp" "dated" (purely because its supposed to be dated) entertaining comics. Nothing too deep or personal, nothing too radical or amazing, just fun, pulpy, noir-ish, entertaining comics set in the late 30s written as if it was made in the 50s (but actually made in the 80s).… (more)
 
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BenKline | 6 other reviews | Jun 30, 2021 |
Dark Horse Comics’ graphic novel The Rocketeer: Cliff’s New York Adventure collects the three issues of Rocketeer Adventure Magazine by Dave Stevens. The first two issues were published by Comico Comics in 1988 and 1989 and the third by Dark Horse in 1995. The story picks up after the the events of the previous volume, with Cliff Secord, the Rocketeer, traveling to New York City to stop his girlfriend, Betty, from boarding a ship bound for Europe. Not a great one for romance, he manages to cause more trouble than help, but he ends up working for a man named Jonas (really Lamont Cranston, the alter-ego of the Shadow) to stop a murderer who’s killing carnival workers.

The story has all the pulp adventure fun of the first Rocketeer story, with more of Stevens’ allusions to the 1930s and 1940s. Though he never identifies Jonas as the Shadow, fans of that era’s stories will recognize him. The killer, Lothar, is based on Rondo Hatton, a movie star from the period. As in the first volume, Stevens bases Betty on Bette Page. Further, flashback sequences of Cliff’s youth living and working in the carnival draw heavily upon Tod Browning’s 1932 film, Freaks. The 1991 Disney film, The Rocketeer, drew upon the first book so this story will be completely new to those familiar with the character from that movie.

The success of this character and his lingering place in popular culture ensured that his stories would continue beyond this final volume from Stevens. Following Stevens’ passing in 2008, IDW Publishing collected the entire series in 2009 before beginning various Rocketeer miniseries in 2011, with the sixth IDW miniseries appearing in 2015.
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DarthDeverell | 1 other review | Oct 24, 2018 |
Eclipse Comics’ graphic album The Rocketeer collects the first five chapters of the eponymous series by Dave Stevens. Chapters One and Two appeared as backup features in issues 2 and 3 of Mike Grell’s Starslayer from Pacific Comics. The publisher later printed Chapters Three and Four in Pacific Presents numbers 1 and 2. Following the collapse of Pacific Comics, Eclipse Comics published the fifth chapter in a special Rocketeer issue.

These five chapters introduce the main characters – Cliff Secord, a stunt pilot who becomes the Rocketeer; Peevy, the mechanic who helps Cliff figure out the rocket pack; Betty, Cliff’s girlfriend whose appearance Stevens based on Bette Page; Colonel Mayberg and Noah Dietrich, who seek to recover the rocket pack for Howard Hughes; and various Nazi agents working to steal the technology for Nazi Germany. As Harlan Ellison wrote in his 1985 introduction, “The Rocketeer is something special. For all the hopeful attempts at doing a period comic book that have popped up these last few years, popped up and vanished, only The Rocketeer captures the feel of those days. The artwork is modern, yet it has a tone of the Twenties and Thirties. The dialogue isn’t 100% of the times, but it’s damned close. And even if the first two sections aren’t as masterful as the final three – indicating that Stevens learned on the job – they are hip-deep in the right kind of nostalgia.” Fans of the 1991 Disney film will find all of the elements that made the story a fun adventure.

The success of the character led Comico Comics and Dark Horse Comics to publish a continuation in Rocketeer Adventure Magazine that Dark Horse later collected in The Rocketeer: Cliff’s New York Adventure. Following Stevens’ passing in 2008, IDW Publishing collected the entire series in 2009 before beginning various Rocketeer miniseries in 2011, with the sixth IDW miniseries appearing in 2015.
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DarthDeverell | 2 other reviews | Oct 18, 2018 |

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