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The Past Takes Flight: Revisiting Dave Stevens’ ‘The Rocketeer’

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On this day in 1981, the Rocketeer, a high-flying two-fisted hero created by the legendary Dave Stevens, made his first full appearance in comics. But the Rocketeer isn't a hero of 1981, he's a hero of 1938. In a very real way he's the product of both time periods, and united them in a manner that would influence many comics to come.

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Best Covers Ever (This Year): IDW 2016 Edition

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In the latest of our galleries celebrating the best covers of the year, we're looking at the best covers from IDW.

IDW maintained its impressive and diverse line of licensed properties in 2016, from Ninja Turtles to Little Ponies, as well as ambitiously expanding and collating its Hasbro properties under the "Revolution" banner, and reviving and reinventing the Micronauts, M.A.S.K., and Rom.

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Disney Is Rebooting ‘The Rocketeer,’ But This Time With Added Diversity

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Another day, another reboot.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is in the early stages of rebooting the 1991 film The Rocketeer. The studio has reportedly hired Max Wrinkler (The Ceremony) and Matt Spicer to write the film, which the site describes as a “sequel-reboot.” As much as this news sounds like another unnecessary reboot, Disney is using the opportunity to bring some diversity to the screen. The new Rocketeer will feature a black female lead character and the film will take place six years after the events of the first movie

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Ahead Of His Time: The Genius of ‘Rocketeer’ Creator Dave Stevens

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Today marks the birthday of Dave Stevens, who 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.

Tragically, Stevens died in 2008, but he left behind an amazing legacy of stories of high adventure, romance, and action, which holds up over thirty years later as innovative, compelling, and absolutely beautiful.

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): The Rocketeer, Captain America, and More

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Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions.

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The Great Super-Costume Poll: Pulp Heroes

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Costume design is one of the great strengths of the superhero genre, a way to establish distinctive visual shorthand for a character and reveal key details about concept, purpose, and personality. But which is the best superhero costume of all time? This month, we’re asking you to decide, by voting up your favorites and voting down the rest. When we have your votes, we’ll compile a list of the greatest super-costumes of all time.

For our seventh day of polls, we're looking at the designs of some of the most celebrated pulp heroes ever to grace the comics page. They don't have to have originated in comics, or to have originated in the pulp era, and they don't have to wear a domino mask or a red scarf or a gun belt. But it does look pretty cool when they do. Or does it?

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Two-Face, Lupin, The Rocketeer, Luke Cage & Iron Fist And More

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Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

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Rocketeer 2, Hellboy 3, Blade Runner 2 And More Posters for Sequels That Never Happened

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Alex Griendling

Seems like every few months we get teased with the possibility of sequels to beloved films -- stuff like 'Hellboy 3' or a new 'Blade Runner.' While some of these films may or may not ever happen, a new art exhibit explores the idea of sequels that will probably never exist, including sequels to 'Fight Club' and 'The Rocketeer.' Sure, franchise fatigue is real and it's a problem, but this artwork sure does make these sequels seem mighty attractive.

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Funko And Super7’s Upcoming 3.75″ ReAction Figures Arrive: The Rocketeer, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Predator And More

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When Funko announced that they'd be teaming with Super7 to mass produce and distribute the 3.75" ReAction line, it seemed fan dreams of owing toys in the style of Kenner's 1977 Star Wars figures across both classic and contemporary pop culture licenses were going to come true. Little did anyone know just HOW true. Thanks to new images at Entertainment Earth, collectors can now have a look at what's going to be a busy 2014, with more than 60 total ReAction figures planned from movies including The Rocketeer, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Predator, The Terminator, Buffy the Vampire SlayerBack to the Future, Escape from New York, Firefly, Scream, The Goonies, Universal Monsters, Pulp Fiction, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Hellraiser, Trick 'R Treat, Halloween and The Crow.

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PULP FRICTION: The Spirit Vs. The Rocketeer By Darwyn Cooke & J. Bone [Art]

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Well... this is going to be hard to top.Commissioned by IDW Publishing for its forthcoming The Rocketeer/The Spirit: Pulp Friction miniseries by Mark Waid and Paul Smith, what you see below is, in my view, just about the coolest variant cover ever...

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