Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Rocketeer Movie Adaptation

When people talk about comic book movies, the typical ones usually spring up. The Superman, Batman, X-Men, and Spider-Man franchises have produced some pretty good movies but none of them were as faithful to the comic as Joe Johnston's Rocketeer, which came out in 1991. It perfectly captured Dave Stevens' aviation book. It felt like you were there in the late '30's with Cliff Secord and his rocket pack. I saw it in a movie theater built in the late '20's and it was one of the coolest movie experiences I've ever had. The adaptation published by Disney is quite good also. Featuring a beautiful cover by the series' creator, Dave Stevens, it's a faithful adapation of the film. The interior art is by the amazing Russ Heath and it is just beautiful. Russ was born to draw this character. It's just great art. The story is by Peter David and he stays faithful to the movie as well. It's a great adaptation of an even greater movie.

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