Remembering Amazing Comic Book Artist/ Illustrator Dave Stevens on his Birthday, today (July 29, 1955 – March 11, 2008). Dave was an "illustrator and comics artist. He was most famous for creating The Rocketeer comic book and film character, and for his pin-up style "glamour art" illustrations, especially of model Bettie Page"..-wikipedia
Dave had worked in the comics and entertainment field since 1973. His first professional comics work, assisting artist Russ Manning on the Tarzan Sunday Strip, beginning in 1975. In 1981 he created his first comic book series, The Rocketeer. It was an instant hit with readers and would go on to become a major motion picture from Walt Disney Studios. Dave's art career afforded him the privilege of working with some of his boyhood heroes (Doug Wildey, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and many others) as well as luminaries of the film world (George Pal, John Landis, Joe Johnston, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg). Often credited with the rediscovery and revival of pinup icon Bettie Page (through his comic book series, The Rocketeer), Dave also had the rare opportunity of meeting and befriending the reclusive pin-up star. Starting in 1994 he helped to develop exclusively licensed merchandise for her (through Dark Horse Comics) from which her estate continues to receive substantial royalties. Following the 1991 Rocketeer film release, on which he served as co-producer, Dave established Bulldog Studios as a vehicle for self-publishing his own work."-the artist within
A nice quote from Dave:
"Well, I do expect a lot of myself. I'm a harsh critic because I know what I'm capable of. I have hit those occasional peaks amongst the valleys, but the peaks are so few-things like genuine flashes of virtuoso brush inking, like I've never executed before or since-I can count on one hand the number of jobs where I've been able to hit that mark. The same with penciling. Sometimes it just flows, but more often than not, it's pure physical and spiritual torment just to get something decent on paper. I often get very discouraged with the whole creative process"
Dave was incredibly instrumental in helping me get the first "Artist Within Book" finished , always being willing to reach out to his many friends for anything from art to information and he even made some introductions to other artist's who ended up in the book. He is missed!
Dave's family keeps a website up of his work that you can visit here:
Have a look:
art on this post © Dave Stevens