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PAUL SMITH (Issue #1), LOSTON WALLACE (Issue #2), and J BONE (Issues #3 & 4)
Art by Additional Inks by BOB WIACEK (Issue #2) Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE (Issue #1), HI FI DESIGNS (Issue #2), and ROM FAJARDO (Issues #3 & 4)

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Letters by TOM B. LONG Series Edits by SCOTT DUNBIER

THE ROCKETEER created by Dave Stevens THE SPIRIT created by Will Eisner

Cover by Paul Smith Cover Colors by Jordie Bellaire Collection Edits by Justin Eisinger & Alonzo Simon Collection Design by Tom B. Long Special thanks to Jennifer Bawcum, Denis Kitchen, Michael Lovitz, David Mandel, Kelvin Mao, Michael McCalister and Sandy Resnick for their invaluable assistance.

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THE ROCKETEER/THE SPIRIT: PULP FRICTION. MARCH 2014. FIRST PRINTING. 2014 The Rocketeer Trust and Will Eisner Studios, Inc. THE ROCKETEER is a registered trademark of, and all related characters, their distinctive likenesses and indicia are trademarks of The Rocketeer Trust. All Rights Reserved. The Spirit 2014 Will Eisner Studios, Inc. The Spirit and Will Eisner Will Eisner Studios, Inc. in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. All Rights Reserved. IDW Publishing authorized user. IDW Publishing, a division of Idea and Design Works, LLC. Editorial offices: 5080 Santa Fe St., San Diego, CA 92109. The IDW logo is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Any similarities to persons living or dead are purely coincidental. With the exception of artwork used for review purposes, none of the contents of this publication may be reprinted without the permission of Idea and Design Works, LLC. Printed in Korea. Originally published as THE ROCKETEER/THE SPIRIT: PULP FRICTION issues #14. 2

Cartoonists Will Eisner and Dave Stevens shared a good deal in common, including movie adaptations with high expectations that didnt exactly set box office records. But first and foremost, the pair stood on a separate plane for their virtuoso control over a sable brush dipped in India ink. Their original drawings* are among the most admired and the most highly collectible among comic art connoisseurs, with Wills drawing perhaps a little looser, especially in his later period, and Daves more controlled and precise. Each man, with seeming effortlessness, could layer lines of ink, bold and delicate, with such surety and near perfection, always within inventive page compositions, such that fans would routinely drool and colleagues were admiringly envious. Beyond their first rank artistry, both are also remembered for their wonderful storytelling. Daves Rocketeer, Im confident, will remain a genre classic. Though the ability to do so was innate, Dave was never a prolific storyteller, nor was he a quick draw, even during his healthy years. Even if his life had not been cut short far too early, Dave could never have accumulated a body of work comparable to Will Eisner, whose career spanned eight decades, more than six hundred Spirit stories and over twenty graphic novels, not to mention a few hundred PS Magazines for the US Army.

Introduction by Denis Kitchen

The posthumous crossover of the most famous creations of Eisner and Stevens collected here prompts a few interesting parallels between notable elements of their work, starting with the women. Dave, perhaps even more than the Rocketeer, is famous for his delectable drawings of the female form. His sexiest images share the walls of the pin-up pantheon with Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren. Daves models often didnt even have to be paid: they vied to be his subject. Dave was also the person most responsible for the revival of the 50s Queen of Pin-Ups, Bettie Page, on whom, of course, Cliff Secords girlfriend Betty is based.

Eisner was certainly no slouch when it came to drawing women. His slinky, sensual femme fatales chased, outwitted, and seduced The Spirit throughout the 40s and into the early 50s. PGell, Silk Satin, Sand Saref, Skinny Bones, and Plaster of Paris were among the most memorable bad girls, though The Spirits long-suffering girlfriend Ellen was a beauty as well. And Eisners Spirit section, inserted in family newspapers for a considerably earlier generation, had to incorporate these alluring sex symbols under the eyes of watchful editors, where lingerie and hints of nudity were verboten.

Its a shame that Eisner and Stevens, who had such strong mutual respect, could not have collaborated during their lifetimes, but Im confident each would be quite pleased to see their respective two-dimensional characters interacting and butting heads, helmeted or not, for all the appreciative fans, like me, who can never get enough of their favorites.

Finally, the Rocketeers costume, most notable for the twin cylinders on his back and a stylish art deco helmet, would hardly seem to have anything whatever in common with The Spirits minimal disguise, consisting entirely of a wispy eye mask. And that observation would be true for nearly The Spirits entire run. But as the epic approached its end in 1952, Eisner, assisted then by Jules Feiffer and Wally Wood, sent the Spirit to outer space and the moon, where he wore a spacesuit with twin cylinders on his back and donned a stylish, if somewhat bulbous, helmet of his own.

The Spirit was created in 1940 in a world contemporaneous with its publication and set primarily in Central City, which everyone understood to be New York. Stevens, who created his best known character some four decades after The Spirit began, chose to set his plots close to very nearly the same time period, and much of its action also takes place in New York. The stubby, crazy-cool airplane that Cliff pilots, a 1931 Gee Bee racer, became a distinctive Rocketeer trademark, but even many Spirit fans may not know that in July 1940, only a month after the strips inception, Eisner gave his masked detective a strange aircraft of his own: an auto-plane. It wasnt as stylish as Cliffs Gee Bee, and Eisner soon discarded the flying vehicle as too gimmicky. But perhaps it needs to be revived as a future plot device if Denny Colt and Cliff Secord should cross paths again?

Denis Kitchen, February 2014

*If you arent lucky enough to own any of their actual art, see the next best thing: IDWs oversize Artist Editions of The Spirit and The Rocketeer.