Perhaps you found this posting because you have seen the Rocketeer movie with Billy Campbell and Jennifer Connelly. But what few people know is that the character was created by pin-up artist Dave Stevens for a series of magazines he created.

I was able to get my hands on The Rocketeer: The Complete Deluxe Edition. I wanted to read it because I saw the Rocketeer movie when I was a wee lad, and I didnt remember much about it. I must say, these collected stories aint bad at all.

The plot is some stunt pilot finds a prototype rocket pack and half the world wants to steal it. Like many stories from the time period, Nazis want the rocket pack to help them win the war. The rocket pack that the rocketeer uses is plausable enough, considering its engine is smaller than a lawnmower and the flame is inches from his backside. An engineer friend builds the rocketeer a helmet, which looks as cool and sleek at the rocketeer’s jacket.

Something else that is pretty sweet is the Rocketeer's hot babe of a girlfriend who is way out of his league. The artist who made these, Dave Stevens, is obviously very talented because every character looks amazing. The Rocketeer’s girlfriend is obviously based on Bettie Page, someone that Dave Stevens had a knack for making pin-ups of. There is also occasional side-boob in The Rocketeer Complete Deluxe Edition, (affiliate link) which is really the only reason you need to buy it, isn't it? I mean, besides some guy fighting Nazis with a jetpack, of course!
rocketeer Bettie

By Al

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