The Rocketeer comic series, much like a rocket itself, burned fast and bright and then seemed to disappear into the cosmos never to be seen again. Why does a short lived comic from 1983 still have so many fans today?
In this week’s Podcast we are talking about the original run of the Rocketeer comic that was created by writer/artist Dave Stevens.
We start out with the convoluted printing history of the story itself – it started as a back-up story to a Pacific Comic called Starslayer and then gain popularity to be released as it’s own comic. It will go from Pacific Comics to Comico Comics to Dark Horse and eventually find it’s home at IDW Publishing. The comic only has a total of 6 chapters and then Dave Stevens stopped writing and drawing it. It would have later versions and stories by other artists but it never lived up to the popularity of the original.
Jon and I then talk about the comic and it’s fantastic artwork. Dave Stevens did a great job on this comic with the Pre-World War II aesthetic artwork and it’s snappy dialogue. There are many iconic images in the comic but the one that Jon and I remember the most was the Betty Page “shocker” scene…
From left to right: The scene was it looked in the original 1983 comic, the art from the Eclipse Special Edition of the comic and Terry Dodson’s homage to the original scene. The page that sold a thousand posters, comics, t-shirts and more.
We end the podcast talking about Dave Stevens himself, some of the real people that he used in the comic like Betty Page, Noah Dietrich, Ken Marcus and Howard Hughes.
This was a great time and fun look back on a comic that was very influential to comic creators today.
We did a 2 part tribute podcast to Alan Moore a few weeks ago and in the podcast, I mentioned Marvelman (Miracleman here in the States). I said that I did not want to just mention it as part of Moore’s body of work. I wanted to do an entire podcast on the comic series. Well, the time has come. Jon and I sit down and talk about the first story arc “Book 1: A Dream of Flying“
We do a brief history on who is Marvelman/Miracleman and how did Alan Moore get the opportunity to write him.
We then move into the story and discuss how a comic story that is over 30 years old is still extremely relevant to comics, TV and movies today.
Here are the characters that we are introduced to: Marvelman (left) and Kid Marvelman (right).
We start to talk about how this story was mature and it dealt with scientific and philosophical topics that were ahead of its time. We feel its influence can be seen in things like the movie, The Matrix and the Ron Moore’s version of Battlestar Galactica.
Here is Evelyn Creme – Can you trust a man with sapphire teeth?
Moore took a cheesy, cartoon character from the 60s and modernized him into a realistic superhero of the 80s and the transition made sense (well for a comic story).
Does this page represent a new beginning for humanity or its end?
At the end of the podcast, we theorize on stories and authors that may have influenced Alan Moore when he was creating Marvelman/Miracleman.
We had a great time recording this one and we hope you laugh and learn something new after listening to it.
Alan Moore, who has penned some of the greatest comic stories ever written, stated that he will be retiring from comics after all his current Avatar Press comics are completed.
Jon and I are really big fans of his work so we decided to go over his body of comic work and discuss some of our favorite books.
This is not a complete list of everything that has been published by Alan Moore. This is a list of titles that Jon and I compiled that we think are excellent reads and we highly recommend picking these up in trades.
This is a 2 part conversation. In this podcast, we cover the following and more:
D.R and Quinch
V for Vendetta
I also talk about the ground breaking Marvelman (AKA Miracleman here in the states). Here is the page that I read that let me know that I was in for a great and epic tale:
This is from the original run and not the recent Marvel reprints.
All the titles that we cover in this podcast are worth their own individual podcasts and we will be returning to some of them in the future.