series by Dave Stevens
. Cliff Secord, a barnstorming pilot
in the 1930s
, comes into possession of a stolen one-man rocket
pack. Cliff hits upon the idea of using the pack in a new act for the air show
he performs in, thereby making enough money to give his long-suffering girlfriend Betty
evertything she deserves. Things quickly get screwy as Nazi
s, the United States
government, and the pack's inventor
(who looks suspiciously like Doc Savage
) come after the device.
The comic is a beautiful piece of work, deftly capturing the feel of the old pulps. Both the writing and the artwork are full of dead-on references to the period: for example, a deformed giant who's been committing a series of murders turns out to be a ringer for horror film actor Rondo Hatton.
The movie captured the look extraordinarily well, but couldn't quite muster the excitement or suspense of the original.