The GeeksverseMark Waid And The Rocketeer

Mark Waid And The Rocketeer
Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by

The ‘Verse got a chance to talk with Mark Waid about the Rocketeer: Cargo Of Doom being released today.

The ‘Verse: How did you get involved with this project and what is it about the Rocketeer that drew you to it?

Mark Waid: Scott Dunbier was the initial draw. Not only is he one of the best editors in comics, but I’ve been promising to do a long-form project with him for years now. And when he mentioned Samnee, he closed the deal.

Since this is the first new Rocketeer series in 30+ years, how are you approaching this in regards to new readers? Alot of the current comics readership might be unaware of the Rocketeer, the significance it holds, and the story.

True–which is why we’re all taking extra effort to make it new-reader friendly, writing it for long term fans as well as brand-new ones. All the characters and their relationships are clearly explained, the plot’s clear…it really is a great place to jump onto the Rocketeer mythos.

For those unfamiliar with the Rocketeer, how would you describe Cargo of Doom to get them interested in it? What about the Rocketeer should appeal to comic fans of today?

Thrilling adventure. Beautiful girls. Love triangles. Colorful villains and great locales and amazing set-pieces for action–all
these are draws regardless of the time period in which the story is set.

How is it working with Chris Samnee on this project? What does he bring to the Rocketeer?

I’m slackjawed by Chris’s approach. He’s captured the feel of Dave Stevens’ creation perfectly while adding stylistic flourishes of his own. And he can tell a story in pictures so well that it’s only a matter of time before he realizes he doesn’t need monkeys like me to do the typing for him. Don’t tell him I said that.

Make sure you check out the Rocketeer: Cargo Of Doom from IDW Publishing.

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