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When purple things are pulsating on your mind, I'm the one whose clock you want to clean. Aiding is Sparky, the Astral Plane Zen Pup Dog from his mountain stronghold on the Northernmost Island of the Happy Ninja Island chain, this blog will also act as a journal to my wacky antics at an entertainment company and the progress of my self published comic book, The Deposit Man which only appears when I damn well feel like it. Real Soon Now.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sparky is sad to hear of Dave's death.

Dave Stevens RIP

In the early 90s I used to hit GlamourCon as my part of trying to get comic book talent for Japan's Kodansha's Afternoon Manga Magazine as an Aquisitions Editor. And scour the Internet with all my skills - I can't locate the magazine cover where he explains he got a "real" model from the Ivar Theater (which went from where I saw "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" to a strip tease venue to a Jazz Club - go figure). Dave would have a small booth there staffed with lovely models. I'll always remember how friendly and nice he was. He was my favorite person to share a birthday with.

If you follow the links to Heidi's blog - you'll see a link to Lea's — and if you don't tear up don't tell me. Here are some images:
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Dave Stevens

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dave Stevens

Born July 29, 1955(1955-07-29)
Lynwood, California
Died March 10, 2008 (aged 52)
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Inker, Illustrator
Idealized image of Bettie Page from the October 1986 back cover of Glamour International
Idealized image of Bettie Page from the October 1986 back cover of Glamour International

Dave Stevens (July 29, 1955March 10, 2008) was an American illustrator and comics artist. He is most famous for creating The Rocketeer and for his pin-up style "good girl" illustrations, especially of model Bettie Page. He was the first to win the Russ Manning Award in 1982.


Early life and career

Stevens was born July 29, 1955 in Lynwood, California, but grew up on Portland, Oregon.[1] His first professional comic work was inking Russ Manning's pencils for the daily Tarzan comic strips 1975. Starting in 1977 he drew storyboards for Hanna-Barbara animated TV shows, including Super Friends and The Godzilla Power Hour.[1] During this time he was involved for several months with artist Laura Molina who later used him – against his wishes – as the subject of her Naked Dave series of paintings.

The Rocketeer

In 1982 he created the Rocketeer, which brought him to the attention of many comics readers. It combined elements of classic pulp fiction heroes like Doc Savage and the Shadow into the narration. The first adventure was collected in a single volume 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). All along the series suffered from a slow production schedule, due largely to Stevens' extensive research and meticulous approach to drawing.[1]

The soap-opera theme of The Rocketeer is essentially a retelling of Stevens' own mercurial relationship with Charlene Brinkman, later known as Brinke Stevens, to whom he was married for six months. She later modeled for her ex-husband, providing the poses for the character based on her, though the character's face was always Bettie Page. Other mutual acquaintances who show up in the comics include real-life glamour and porn photographer Ken Marcus, as the sleazy "Marco of Hollywood".[citation needed]

Stevens sold the rights to the Rocketeer to the Walt Disney Company, which produced the 1991 film The Rocketeer starring Billy Campbell, to a mixture of highly positive and lukewarm reviews, and a disappointing box office take.

Bettie Page

Stevens' work frequently featured 1950s pin-up model Bettie Page. The appearance of a Page look-alike in The Rocketeer contributed to a renewed public interest in the model. After discovering that Page was still alive and lived nearby, Stevens became friends with her, and helped her financially.[1]

Later life

Following The Rocketeer, Stevens primarily did individual illustrations and comic book covers, including a number for Comico's Jonny Quest series. He worked on a collection of his work to be titled The Art of Dave Stevens.[1]

Stevens died on March 10, 2008 following a long battle with leukemia.[2]


External links

Crappy month this — if you're a member of the Iguanoids - we'll be adding a toast to Dave's memory ...

And if anyone is reading down this far — do you think doing a collection to get your pal the Guru a used Vespa or Scooter would be a bad thing? I think I can be found on the internet.