IDW returns to play in the world of David Stevens‘s The rocket man with a new one-shot anthology comic that brings together an amazing creative team of big-name talent including Adam Hughes, Jae Lee, Gabriel Rodriguezand Phil Noto. One of the most exciting things about the new comic is that one of the stories will be set in the world of the classic 1991 film!
The one-shot special will feature three stories, and the project began during production of the documentary Dave Stevens: Drawn to perfection. The filmmaker of this film, Kelvin Maoactually discovered that the screenwriters of the original film, Danny Bilson and the late one Paul DeMeo, wrote an unpublished Rocketeer comic story starring Amelia Earhart. This story now comes to life which is so cool!
Mao, along with the film’s executive producer Robert Windomapproached Hughes to illustrate the story and the project grew into this upcoming one-shot edited by Scott Dunbier. Mao said in a statement, “What an amazing gift that came from making Dave Stevens: Drawn to perfection! It has been a unique privilege to work with some of Dave’s longtime friends on a true Rocketeer comic.”
Bilson said: “The Amelia story was written by Paul and I as a tribute to Dave. Now it serves as a tribute to both. We are very honored that Adam is bringing her to life.”
Hughes added, “The Rocketeer, my favorite flying hero, has a dish like a girlfriend, an unnecessarily cool outfit and great hair. In real life you would hate someone like that, but as a cartoon character he’s an ace! “
The rocket man One-Shot features the eight-page story of Amelia Earhart by Bilson, De Meo and Hughes; a 12-page story about Cliff Secord’s rendezvous with Betty that led to “trouble with a vaguely known adventurer/archaeologist,” written by Mao, drawn by Craig Cermak and colored by Laura Martin; and a four-page story about the Rocketeer’s battle against a Japanese Zero in the South Pacific, written by Windom, illustrated by Jae Lee and colored by June Chung.
Windom said: “The short story that Jae and I wrote is meant to be a dreamy contemplation on life and love, but of course with great Rocketeer action and Betty! Jae’s ethereal style fits that perfectly.”
Lee shared, “It was a great honor to contribute art for this project. Dave Stevens has been an inspiration to me since I first saw his work. He captured the beauty of a time that is forever golden.”
Dunbier added: “As a fan of Dave Stevens’ The rocket man From day one I’ve been thrilled to see this book come to life,” said Dunbier. “Bilson & De Meo, Mao and Windom all captured the feel of Cliff, Betty, Peevy and the others. And the art… To quote a famous Rocketeer page… ‘WOW!’”
The rocket man One-Shot will be available in comic book stores in May and will feature covers by Hughes and Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodríguez, as well as “Full Art” variants of the retailer incentive variants of Hughes and Rodríguez art respectively.