Comic Book / Graphic Novel

It all began with Dave Stevens' illustrated novel, in serial chapters, about the adventures of Cliff Secord -- ace pilot, dreamer, and daring Rocketeer!

The Rocketeer publishing history is spread out over several years with fans waiting and waiting and waiting for each installment. It was published by several companies which leads to some confusion in collecting by installment numbers. Pacific Comics (PC), Eclipse, and Dark Horse (DH) all published various installments. PCs numbers were reprinted in an Eclipse compilation both in hardcover and softcover editions (ISBN: 1560600888). This is all that was available at the time the film went into production.

The film's writers brainstormed the film's spectacular ending. It's worth tracking down the paperback novel based on the screenplay to catch a couple scenes deleted from the screenplay.

Stevens subsequently developed his own story line and ending which was published in three DH "Rocketeer Adventure Magazine" issues which they subsequently complied in the single "The Rocketeer: Cliff's New York Adventure" (1996, ISBN: 1569710929). At that point, Stevens had planned to let others develope and illustrate further Rocketeer stories. The plan went nowhere. There have been no new installments since the NYA concluded in 1995.

New fans can pick up the DH numbers directly from the DH or local vendors.

The Rocketeer: The Complete Deluxe Edition
Definitive Edition. Amazon link.

Wm Stout: review of the above item

Dave Stevens readily acknowledges his Rocketeer character was inspired by a late 1940s, early 1950s matinee serial adventure hero -- Rocketman. It should be noted that a "King of the Rocketmen" graphic novel was printed subsequent to the Disney film.

Commando Cody Speaks
An interview with George Wallace, the actor who portrayed our hero in the serials. Archived page.

My Childhood Hero
A brief overview of the Commando Cody a.k.a. Rocketman Character. Archived page.

King of the Rocket Men Amazon Wikipedia
Radar Men from the Moon Amazon Wikipedia
Zombies of the Stratosphere Amazon Wikipedia
Commando Cody:
Sky Marshal of the Universe
Amazon Wikipedia
Image quality varies. Read the posted reviews.  

Well, just awesome. Everything you want to know about the history of Rocketman. Fabulous image gallery.

And just a brief fyi -- The Disney film Jenny is based on Stevens' Betty is based on the real-life model Bettie Page.