The Rocketeer was a great Disney movie that most Disney fans either don’t know about, or care too little about. But for me, I think it’s a very cool film, right up there with other ‘cult’ classics like The Black Hole.
So whenever I find a Rocketeer collectible, I try to pick it up. I have an ornament, a small vinyl action figure, a set of movie trading cards, and now:
Artist: Dave Stevens
Dave Stevens passed away March 11th, 2008 from complications of leukemia at the age of 52. His art covered a wide variety of subjects, and you can visit his official website here.
This particular sign was produced by Kitchen Sink Press of Princeton, WI. Wikipedia says about them: Kitchen Sink Press was a comic book publishing company founded by Denis Kitchen in 1970. Kitchen Sink Press was a pioneering publisher of underground comics, and was also responsible for numerous republications of classic comic strips in hardcover and softcover volumes. The company closed in 1999.
The Rocketeer was released by Disney on June 21, 1991. So this tin sign/plaque was obviously produced between 1991-1999, but more likely near the beginning of that time span. Here is a brief synopsis of the film: The discovery of a top-secret jetpack hurls test pilot Cliff Secord into a daring adventure of mystery, suspense and intrigue. Cliff encounters an assortment of ruthless villains, led by a Hollywood screen star who’s a secret spy. With the help of his actress girlfriend, the young pilot battles enormous odds to defeat his foes, who are anxious to use the device in an evil plan to rule the world.
This film is now available on DVD and BLURAY.