May 16, 2011 | 5:32 p.m.

‘Rocketeer Adventures’ from IDW is a return to retro

“The Rocketeer” holds a special place in the memory of comic book fans who found the stylish and retro-spirited adventure series in the 1980s, and the creation of the late Dave Stevens continues to echo in unexpected ways. Regular readers of Hero Complex know of my love for those vintage books so it’s no surprise that the comic book release that has me most excited this week is “Rocketeer Adventures” No. 1, which features an all-star list of contributors in Mike Allred, Kurt Busiek, John Cassaday, Michael Kaluta, Mike Mignola,  Alex Ross and Jim Silke. The anthology  from IDW Publishing is the first of a four-issue series and check out this artwork above. — Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED “Rocketeer” flies again in archival edition “Rocketeer” returns to El Capitan “The Rocketeer,” a retro film ahead of its time Johnston says Capt. America “not […]
April 27, 2011 | 10:28 a.m.

‘The Rocketeer’ returns to El Capitan with cast and crew

This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details. The 20th anniversary of Disney’s serial-spirited adventure “The Rocketeer” will be celebrated June 21 with a special screening and an exhibit of  props and costumes, as well as a cast and creator reunion panel that will be moderated by filmmaker Kevin Smith. The entire program is being staged by D23, the paid-membership club that offers deeper, prestige access and archival-minded events to Disney fans. There’s no word yet on the lineup of that panel, but it and the screening will take place at El Capitan Theatre — the same site where the underrated film premiered on June 21, 1991, and marked the movie palace’s grand reopening after a two-year remodeling and restoration that took it back to its gilded, Art Deco origins. “The Rocketeer,” a commercial disappointment at the time of original release, has a bit […]
Aug. 09, 2010 | 11:56 p.m.

‘The Rocketeer’ — a retro adventure that was ahead of its time

“THE ROCKETEER,” 8 p.m. tonight, ArcLight Hollywood “The Rocketeer“ was a valentine to the old movie serials but in a way, the 1991 Disney film was also ahead of its time. “The Rocketeer” flies again Monday (Aug. 9) at the ArcLight Hollywood, one of three L.A.-area theaters now hosting a special month-long Disney screening series, and it’s especially timely considering the contemporary surge in superhero cinema and the connections to the Joe Johnston-directed film. Johnston had come to “The Rocketeer” with a proven affinity for retro adventure — he had been the art director for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” Right now, he is at work on a fourth Roosevelt-era adventure with “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which is due in theaters next summer and has some common ground with “Rocketeer.” In each story, for instance, a […]
July 13, 2010 | 3:40 p.m.

Disney classics at ArcLight in August: ‘Pinocchio,’ ‘Cinderella,’ ‘20,000 Leagues,’ ‘Poppins’

The ArcLight Cinemas will be the House of Mouse this August — and it’s old-school Mouse. The three ArcLight locations — in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and Pasadena — will screen 14 films from the Disney library that span five decades, including “Cinderella,” “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,“ “Peter Pan” and “The Black Hole.” Continue to the second page of this post for a full list of the films, by location. The ArcLight Hollywood will feature live-action Disney films with a sci-fi and adventure tilt; the ArcLight Sherman Oaks will present true classics from Disney’s vault of animated features; and the newest ArcLight location, in Pasadena, will dig into Disney musicals. The theaters in Sherman Oaks and Pasadena will also feature an exhibit of classic posters, including vintage artifacts from the the Walt Disney Archives collection, from July 14 to Aug. 31. […]
May 02, 2010 | 7:55 p.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: ‘The Rocketeer’ flies again with archival hardcover from IDW Publishing

The late, great Dave Stevens drew comic book characters that rocketed right off the page. I was reminded of that when I got a look at a very special new book from IDW Publishing that has just gone on sale and will be available for pick-up at Comic-Con International in San Diego in July. Here’s the cover to this massive, black-and-white hardcover edition called “Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition“… I was 12 when I first saw a copy of “The Rocketeer” and I was mesmerized by it. Looking back, I can see the reason — Steven had a polished storytelling and stylized, retro flair that made his comics look very different than the cosmic spandex stuff that Marvel and DC was churning out in 1982, and more than that there seem to be a sort of spirited joy and humor in every panel or every […]
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