We are delighted to announce our new line of Officially Licensed collectible pens celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer! We’ve partnered with Okkto and The Rocketeer Trust to bring you five gorgeous new pens, all paying tribute to Dave’s iconic comic book character and exquisite art.
Brought to life in 1982 by writer / artist Dave Stevens, The Rocketeer is an exciting and beautifully illustrated homage to the Saturday matinee serial heroes from the 1930s through the 1950s. In 1938 Los Angeles, Cliff Secord, a local racing pilot and barnstormer, discovers a rocket pack hidden by two gangsters fleeing the police. When he decides to take it for a spin, his life is turned upside down – in more ways than one! Cliff's pulpy adventures are set in Los Angeles and New York, and Stevens gave them a retro, nostalgic feel influenced by the King of the Rocket Men and Commando Cody movie serials, as well as pinup diva Bettie Page.
⦁ First Flight – Relive Cliff Secord’s fateful first flight as The Rocketeer with this classic twist-top rollerball pen. Panels from the comic wrap the barrel, protected with a gloss finish and accented with a stonewashed brass trim. The famous “Target” image from the Pacific Presents #1 back cover adorns the top disc. Each pen is numbered on the top ring and packaged in a graphic tube featuring a collage of pages straight from the comic book!
⦁ First Flight - Artist’s Edition – This black & white version of the “First Flight” rollerball pen captures Dave’s original art as seen in the “Artist’s Edition” of the comic! With glossy black accents and a special top disc featuring Dave’s initials, this variant is perfect for the serious comic book fan and collector. Each pen is numbered on the top ring and packaged in a graphic tube featuring a collage of pages straight from the comic book!
⦁ The Rocketeer – Taken directly from the cover of The Rocketeer Adventure Magazine #1, this beautiful stonewashed brass rollerball pen features an acid-etched image of The Rocketeer blasting off on the barrel! The character is framed by four lightning bolts with the classic logo above. The top disc features The Rocketeer’s face from his iconic helmet. Each pen is numbered on the top ring and packaged in a graphic tube featuring a collage of pages straight from the comic book!
⦁ The Rocket-Pack – Your Rocketeer collection wouldn’t be complete without the rocket-pack! This clever design utilizes the extra girth of the Big Shot rollerball’s body to depict the original rocket in all its purple glory! Complete with acid-etched details, stonewashed pewter accents, and a fiery top disc – this pulpy, comic-accurate representation of the rocket will set your collection ablaze. Limited Edition of 800. Each pen is numbered on the top ring and comes packaged in a custom black tube with gold foil stamped art!
⦁ The Blind Bulldog – Comic book and aviation fans alike will fall in love with this Big Shot rollerball pen depicting Cliff Secord’s infamous “Blind Bulldog” stunt plane! Flying straight off of the pages, this striking yellow and black design features comic-accurate markings and a propellers top disc. In a departure from Retro 51’s other airplane pens, the engine faces the opposite direction to better resemble the Blind Bulldog’s iconic snub-nosed design. Limited Edition of 800. Each pen is numbered on the top ring and comes packaged in a custom black tube with gold foil stamped art!
Okkto and Retro 51 are thrilled to bring you this collection of premium pens honoring Dave Stevens’ iconic character and art, in partnership with The Rocketeer Trust.