If you’re a Rocketeer fan, it just doesn’t come much better than the news that came out of SDCC this week! I know I’ve been waiting, what, 20-years for an announcement like this to come along, and I’m pretty much beside myself after stumbling across the news. And hopefully, it’s just the beginning:
Even as IDW Publishing debuted “Rocketeer: The Artist’s Edition” at Comic-Con International in San Diego, an oversized book that reproduces creator Dave Stevens’ linework for the entire series, the publisher also announced that next year it will publish a four-issue anthology series of new Rocketeer stories. Covers will be painted by Alex Ross, and each issue will include three tales by some of comics’ top talent. CBR News spoke with editor Scott Dunbier about the upcoming title.
And with talent like Mike Allred, Bill Willingham, Bruce Timm, Darwyn Cooke, Alex Ross and other industry legends attached this is a no-brainer through and through. Though in the case that’s not enough to draw you in, perhaps the news that all the effort that goes into the project will benefit a very worth cause will be further incentive:
The return of Stevens’ classic hero and the talent involved might make “The Rocketeer” an enticing comic, but buying each issue will also contribute to a worthy cause. ‘Dave Stevens died at the age of 52 after battling leukemia for a number of years. One of the things that was very important to Dave’s mother, Carolyn, was that this be a book where a portion of the profits would go directly to Hairy Cell Leukemia research’, Dunbier said. ‘That’s something that we, with the estate, are making happen, and with the cooperation of the creators involved, as well.’
There’s little else I can do to voice my excitement than to quote good ‘ol Cliff himself: “I like it!”