We were flipping through old independent comics from Eclipse and First tonight and came across a couple of Dave Stevens illustrated comics. Dave was an instant hero of ours when we first discovered his Rocketeer stories in Pacific and Eclipse Comics way back in the day. His illustrations were steeped in the 1940s era of cars, speech and mannerisms, story telling, and art.
Dave did a ton of “good girl” art and was instrumental in bringing back interest for tawdry Bettie Page erotica. For the most part, that’s not stuff we think has a place on this blog, but we do have to admit that the dude could draw the ladies.
If you’re not familiar with Dave Stevens because you’re too young, let’s just say he was Adam Hughes well before Adam Hughes was Dave Stevens. Whatever that means. Dave died of leukemia at 52 years of age in 2008 but left behind a legacy of art that was clearly unique in style. Even if the art didn’t contain any of his sexy girls, one could recognize his fine pen strokes and his fantastic use of shadow. We only wish he had done a bunch of additional Rocketeer stuff before he got bored with it.
Anyway, we pulled some scans and put together a thick slab of cheesecake for your viewing pleasure. It looks like a couple of nipples tried to sneak through so the Cheval Noir cover below is sans nippleage but the larger version is unedited.
And just because it’s a super cool illustration, here’s a bonus of The Rocketeer. Ain’t it just grand?