Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Dave Stevens Passes...

I really, really hate to start off my first day of posting with sad news. However, one of this brand spankin' new blog's missions is to pass on info on the wide, wide world of comic books (both past and present). Unfortunately, today's news on the comic front concerns the death of comics illustrator and Rocketeer creator, Dave Stevens.

While hardly the most prolific writer/artist working in the medium, Stevens lush (if sporadic) illustrative output was always a welcome sight upon the shelves and spin racks of comic shops. His seminal work, The Rocketeer, was high flying, cliffhanger serial fodder at its best, and his stunning renditions of pin-up dames (to friggin' kill for), incredible flying apparatus, and whiz-bang action sequences were nothing short of Spielbergian.

I'd just recently come across the second story arc of The Rocketeer's adventures in one of my long boxes, and wondered when (if ever) Stevens would give us a couple more chapters in the helmeted one's high flying adventures.

Sadly, it looks like we won't be seeing any more.

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