Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I Love The Rocketeer

One of the all time great underrated Disney movies. This is the future I was promised. Jet packs and Nazis. The costume is the power and only works if it's wearer is fearless - test pilot fearless and Chuck Secord was the all-American hero who was perfect for the job.

The Rocketeer is a 1991 American period superhero adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and based on the character of the same name created by comic book writer/artist Dave Stevens. Directed by Joe Johnston, the film stars Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino and Tiny Ron Taylor. Set in 1938 Los Angeles, California, The Rocketeer tells the story of stunt pilot Cliff Secord who discovers a jet pack that enables him to fly. His heroic deeds attract the attention of Howard Hughes and the FBI, as well as sadistic Nazi operatives.
The glory of the Rocketeer is that the female version is even cooler and sexier than the male version. This of course is one of my favorite cosplayers, Riddle, who took the character to a whole different level of quality.

The Rocketeer is a fictional character, a superhero created by writer-illustrator Dave Stevens. The character first appeared in 1982 and is a homage to the Saturday matinee serial heroes of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

The Rocketeer is Cliff Secord, a stunt pilot who discovers a mysterious jetpack that allows him to fly. His adventures are set in 1938 Los Angeles and New York, and Stevens gives them a retro, nostalgic feel influenced by the King of the Rocket Men movie serial, the syndicated Command Cody TV series (both from Republic Pictures), and pinup diva Bettie Page.

The high quality action figure is one of my Holy Grail figures. Leather jacket, golden metal helmet and jet pack. Beautiful work.
The combination of WWII wartime design combined with the future we were all promised at the 1939 World's Fair makes the Rocketeer a sleek and timeless hero. Dave Stevens got the look perfect.

This logo would make for a great emblem for a team or female Roller Derby skaters - The Red Deer Rocketeers. They could also pull off that whole 50s pin-up look to go with the wartime theme. I would go see those gals skate around the track while shoving other broads around. That's just good entertainment.

One day I would love to have one of these life size examples in a case in my room next to the real-sized full functional jet pack - in case I am called into adventure. What is the lift limit. How far would I even get off the ground. That could be unsafe now that I think about it.

That human rocket design is gorgeous and perfect for any wartime adventurer. Everything seems durable and built to last while functioning everytime - much like America used to do - function.



Debra She Who Seeks said...

"This is the future I was promised. Jet packs and Nazis." -- Well, the Nazi part came true anyway -- MAGA!

j-swin said...

One of our all time favorites! I introduced my boy to all the pulp heroes early. The Phantom, The Shadow, Flash Gordon, The Rocketeer. They’re all great.