By Philip Schweier
August 22, 2012 - 13:00
Created by the late Dave Stevens, the Rocketeer was adapted for film by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo for Disney in 1991. The movie was directed Joe Johnston, who helmed 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. Bilson and De Meo also produced The Flash for CBS in 1990.
For fans of the genre, The Rocketeer represents a loving homage to pulp adventures of the 1930s, much like the Indiana Jones films. In the movie, William Campbell played the title role of Cliff Secord, who comes into possession of a rocket pack wanted by gangsters, g-men and enemy agents.
In the late 1980s, a sequel, entitled Cliff’s New York Adventure, was launched by Comico and later finished by Dark Horse Comics.
Though spawning a rabid fan base, no further adventures were created by Stevens, who reportedly struggled too much to generate satisfying illustrations necessary to a regular publishing schedule. Stevens died in March, 2008, from hairy cell leukemia.