THE GREAT RACE comic celebrates the high-flying adventurer’s 40th anniversary
THE ROCKETEER: THE GREAT RACE Comic Book celebrates the high-flying adventurer’s 40th anniversary
‘Rocketeer Month’ pays homage to the legacy of Rocketeer creator Dave Stevens with an all-new miniseries and Encore printing of The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (January 20, 2022) – This month of April, SDI invites pulp adventure fans on a transatlantic journey in The Rocketeer: The Great Race! An all-new four-issue comic book miniseries commemorating 40 years of Dave Stevens’ iconic hero, The big race reached stratospheric heights thanks to New York Times successful writer/artist Stephen Mooney!
“Write and draw a Rocket book has long been something of a to-do list item for me. I grew up with Dave Stevens’ unique blend of bravery and luscious adventure with Cliff, Betty and Peevy, and those seminal issues are still one of my favorite shows of all time,” says Mooney. “It’s incredibly daunting and yet also fantastically exciting and challenging. Let’s soar to the sky!”
In The big race, stunt driver Cliff Secord returns to a West Coast steeped in paranoia over impending war in Europe. Having finally had enough of his near-death scratches as a high-flying Rocketeer, the only thing in Cliff’s sights is a prestigious, winning air race that takes place from California to France! Maybe it’s finally time to get dressed and fly straight… taking his best girl Betty to Paris! But other parties want to win the race for their own nefarious ends, and Cliff will have to decide which prize is truly the most valuable of all.
As a bonus, each issue of The Rocketeer: The Great Race will contain an oral history featuring the friends, family and fellow artists of Dave Stevens, all brought together by Kelvin Mao, the director of the next documentary on the beloved artist!
“Stephen Mooney has a love and affinity for The Rocket, and the time period inhabited by the iconic character… all of this is abundantly evident in the story he crafted,” says the editor. Scott Dunbier. “It’s a fun adventure, one that Dave Stevens would enjoy, I think!”
The first issue of The Rocketeer: The Great Race will be available with multiple cover variations for retailers and fans, including Cover A by Gabriel Rodriguez (of locke and key fame), Cover B by Stephen Mooney himself, a Blank Sketch edition for Cover C (which fans can illustrate themselves or have their favorite artists draw), and a Retailer Incentive edition with blank artwork by Rodríguez.
April 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of The Rocketdebuted as a backup feature in 1982 star killer #2. In addition to The big race, IDW will celebrate “Rocket Month” with a callback output of Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition, a new printing of the inaugural release in IDW’s multi-award-winning line of artists’ editions. Long out of print, this completely redesigned reissue of the long-sold Artist’s Edition reproduces an integral work of comic book history, meticulously digitized from the original art.
To find out how to get The Rocket comic books, graphic novels and artist’s editions from IDW, please contact your local comic book store or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.
About the Author
Stephen Mooney is the New York Times bestselling author of Half-time hazard by IDW Publishing. He provides artwork and stories to other publishers, including Marvel (Black Widow, star wars, Carnage), CC (night wing, Midnight, Bombs), Picture (The dead hand, Free Agents), Valiant, Dark Horse, Dynamite and many more.
IDW (NYSE AMERICAN: IDW) is a leading media company that delivers unique and compelling stories and characters across a variety of genres for global audiences across all entertainment platforms. The award-winning IDW Publishing and IDW Entertainment divisions globally assess and acquire intellectual property for franchise development in comics and graphic novels, television, theater, games, merchandise and other entertainment platforms, in addition to bringing world-renowned storytelling to life with our creative partners.