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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!”

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rocketeer_complete-collection1In the latest rocket-related news: The Rocketeer: The Complete Collection (HC) is now available for pre-order on Amazon for an October 2009 release.

The Complete Rocketeer, which will collect all of the Dave Stevens Rocketeer comics, completely recolored by Laura Martin, who was the late Dave Steven’s personal choice for the project…  IDW will also publish a deluxe version of the collection in an 8” x 12” format which will include over 10 pages of supplemental material that has rarely been seen.

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As Newsarama reported Saturday, Editor Dave Dunbier has announced that “IDW will publish The Complete Rocketeer, which will collect all of the Dave Stevens Rocketeer comics, completely recolored by Laura Martin, who was the late Dave Steven’s personal choice for the project. Stevens, who wasn’t happy with the original coloring on the project kept most of the original pages, and knew where the others were if he ever needed them. IDW will also publish a deluxe version of the collection in an 8” x 12” format which will include over 10 pages of supplemental material that has rarely been seen. ‘The hope is to make this the book that Dave always wanted it to be,’ Dunbier said.

This is among the best comics related news I’ve heard so far this year — or as Cliff might put it, “I like it!” Dave Stevens and the Rocketeer have been deserving of a special project like this for a heck of a long time so, please, do yourself a favor and look to the skies for The Complete Rocketeer when it blasts your way later this October.

Wa-Hoo!

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