Classic Comic Cover Corner – The Rocketeer (The Official Movie Adaptation) #1

Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling pop culture commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!

The Rocketeer (The Official Movie Adaptation) #1 – January, 1991

Cover art by Dave Stevens

The Rocketeer (The Official Movie Adaptation) #1 – January, 1991
The Rocketeer (The Official Movie Adaptation) #1 – January, 1991

Happy Independence Day to all of our patriotic readers out there! We trust you are having wonderful weekend, enjoying freedom from tyranny and oppression and celebrating all that is good about living in the U.S. of A.

This week, with all of the turmoil brewing in our country, It would have been easy to showcase a comic cover that focused attention on one political issue or another, but I think we’re all starting to get a little tired of the negativity in the news; so instead we’re going straight up patriotic and fun – and no one does that better than The Rocketeer!

It’s hard to believe that Dave Stevens’ Rocketeer is 33 years-old and that the Disney movie based on the Stevens’ characters came out 24 years ago. Time certainly does fly – sometimes like it’s strapped to an out-of-control Cirrus X3 prototype rocket-pack.

Betty pin-up by Jim SilkeIDW’s Rocketeer Adventures
Betty pin-up by Jim Silke
IDW’s Rocketeer Adventures

If you’ve seen the Disney movie that this graphic novel adapts (And if not, what are you waiting for?), then you already know the story of test-pilot Cliff Secord and his sexy girlfriend, Betty (changed to “Jenny” in the film, so as not to confuse her with pin-up model, Bettie Page, who the comic character is actually based on.)

The Rocketeer began life as a back-up feature in Pacific Comics’ Starslayer title (back in 1982) and is an homage to the 1930’s and 40’s pulp heroes like Doc Savage and Buck Rogers, as well as to the aforementioned Bettie Page, who was “elevated to the status of pulp goddess” thanks to the work of Rocketeer creator, the late Dave Stevens.

So because it’s the 4th of July holiday weekend and we’re showcasing The Rocketeer, it just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t also mention and show the patriotic Betty pin-up (posed on a faux cover of the Saturday Evening Post) by artist Jim Silke, which was featured in IDW’s Rocketeer Adventures 30th anniversary tribute to the character. Now that’s what living in America is all about.

You can read the scanned version of The Rocketeer (The Official Movie Adaptation) #1 over at Get more information about the Rocketeer comics and characters over at

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About the author

Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.