Spring has sprung and we finally have a big week of excellent new items. Scott Campbell Danger Girl Sketchbook. We also scored file copies of the wonderful Just Teasing by Dave Stevens from !
We were flipping through old independent comics from Eclipse and First tonight and came across a couple of Dave Stevens illustrated comics. Dave was an instant hero of ours when we first discovered his Rocketeer stories in Pacific and Eclipse Comics way back in the day. His illustrations were steeped in the s era of cars, speech and mannerisms, story telling, and art.
Today marks the birthday of Dave Stevenswho is, without question, one of the greatest artists in the history of comic books. Best known for creating the Rocketeer and for the sexy, pinup-inspired art that made him a fan favorite and helped spark the revival of interest in Bettie Page Stevens had a career that was marked by amazing projects, including work doing storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark and the music video for Michael Jackson's "Thriller," two of the biggest pop culture phenomena of the '80s. It's in comics, though, that he made his biggest mark.
Twenty-five years ago, The Rocketeer hit theaters. Stevens, who worked extensively as a storyboard artist, was exacting and uncompromisingknown for his attention to detail. Inhe delivered The Rocketeeran independently published comic book like nothing comics fans had seen before.
A Dark Horse Comics representative has confirmed sad news CBR received earlier today -- Dave Stevensbest known as the creator of The Rocketeer and his "good girl" art, died yesterday following a long and private battle with Leukemia. He was The book showcased his exquisite artwork, which combined an obvious affection for pulp heroes and sexy '50s pin-up girls and helped re-popularize interest in the classic pulp adventure aesthetic and is credited by many as almost single-handedly igniting the late 20th century resurgence of '50s pin-up and fetish model Bettie Page, who served as inspiration for the Rocketeer's love interest Jenny Blake.
By Jason Sacks. I remember the first time I saw Dave Stevens' art. It was in an obscure little backup strip for a long-forgotten comic called Starslayerpublished in by a now long-gone publisher called Pacific Comics.
Stevens had dropped out of sight for the most part in recent years and had been battling leukemia, a fact which he kept as private as possible. Stevens was known for his meticulous artwork, reminiscent of the greatest illustrators of the past and the whiz bang pulpishness of the 30s and 40s. He was, of course, also obsessed with model Bettie Page.
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