2022 marks the 40th anniversary of Dave Stevens’ iconic hero, The Rocketeer, and IDW Publishing has announced that it will be celebrating the occasion with The Rocketeer: The Great Racea four-issue limited series from New York Times best-selling writer and artist Stephen Mooney.
“Write and draw a Rocket book has long been on my to-do list,” says Mooney. “I grew up with Dave Stevens’ unique blend of bravery and pulpy adventure with Cliff, Betty and Peevy, and those seminal issues are still one of my all-time favorite shows to this day. It’s incredibly intimidating and yet also fantastically exciting and a real challenge. Let’s soar to the sky!”
“Stephen Mooney has a love and affinity for The Rocket, and the time period the iconic character inhabited…all of this is abundantly evident in the story he crafted,” adds editor Scott Dunbier. “It’s a fun adventure, one that Dave Stevens would enjoy, I think!”
In The Great Race, stuntman 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.
The Rocketeer: The Great Race will launch in April.