RIP Dave Stevens, creator of “The Rocketeer”

The RocketeerWriter/illustrator Dave Stevens, creator of The Rocketeer, died Monday after a long battle with leukemia. He was 52.

I remember being at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida in 1990 or so when I came across the poster shown here at left. I fell in love with the look of that poster and couldn’t wait for “The Rocketeer” to come out in theaters.

And “The Rocketeer” was a great movie despite what preconceptions people had of it. Plus, somewhere I have this poster in a frame (I need to hang that up somewhere).

Anyway, The Rocketeer first came into existence as a graphic novel written and illustrated by Dave Stevens, who also helped bring pinup model Bettie Page back into the limelight.

RIP, Dave Stevens.