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  1. Somebody who designs, launches, operates, or travels in a rocket.

Extensive Definition

The Rocketeer is a superhero created by writer/illustrator Dave Stevens that first appeared in a back-up feature of Pacific Comics' Starslayer #2 (1982). The character is a homage to the pulp heroes of the 1930s and 1940s.
The Rocketeer was a stunt pilot who discovered a mysterious jet pack that allowed him to fly, the adventures were set in 1938 Los Angeles and Stevens gave them a retro, nostalgic feel, influenced by, among other things, Commando Cody movie serials and pinup diva Bettie Page.

Publication history

The Rocketeer’s first adventure appeared as a backup feature to Mike Grell's Starslayer #2 from Pacific Comics in 1982. Four more installments appeared in various Pacific publications, and were later collected together by Eclipse Comics (ISBN 1-56060-088-8). The fifth chapter ended in a cliffhanger.
The story picked up again in the Rocketeer Adventure Magazine. Two issues were published by Comico Comics in 1988 and 1989, but the third did not appear until years later, published by Dark Horse Comics in 1995. All three issues were collected by Dark Horse as The Rocketeer: Cliff's New York Adventure (ISBN 1-56971-092-9).
There was talk of further stories, perhaps with other artists, but nothing came of it.

Film adaptation

In 1991, The Rocketeer was released as a feature film by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Joe Johnston.

Computer game

The Rocketeer was also adapted for a computer game for PC machines. Using digitized sound and 256-color VGA graphics, it consists of a sequence of several levels, each of them in different action style, and the story is carried between levels with comic book–style strips and spoken dialogue. The game was more true to the original source material than the movie. A version of this title later appeared on the Super Nintendo.
A different animal altogether is the other Rocketeer game, one for the NES. This game was a side-scrolling platform jumping game closely based on the movie adaptation.
In 1988 the Cinemaware company also published a computer game called Rocket Ranger based on a similar idea and probably inspired by the Rocketeer comics.

The Rocketman

"The Rocketman" character first appeared in a number of early movie serials including:

In popular culture

  • Gabe from Penny Arcade confuses the term racketeering with rocketeering as both a jab at a recent event and tribute to the character.
  • Eric Canete's cover for Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #1 is an homage to the film's theatrical poster.
  • Randal Graves, a character from the movies Clerks and Clerks 2, can be seen wearing a Rocketeer shirt.
  • In the computer game Command and Conquer Red Alert 2 The Allied Forces have an infantry unit called Rocketeers.


External links

rocketeer in French: Rocketeer
rocketeer in Italian: Rocketeer
rocketeer in Japanese: ロケッティア
rocketeer in Russian: Ракетчик (фильм)
rocketeer in Swedish: Rocketeer
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