The Rocketeer • Redesign

So the boys at Stockpile Comics have invited me to participate in an epic redesign  of comic characters. And for that, I thank them!  The gist is we each design a character picked for us personally be each of the 6 of us.

rocketeer redesign

So this week in the Character redesign project, Mr. K. Rian Miller challenged me to redesign “The Rocketeer”.  Damn you Miller!  How do you redesign a perfect and classic look?  There isn’t a thing I would change about Cliff Secord’s costume.  Dave Steven’s (RIP) knew to keep it simple to call back to the pulp era.  When attacking this, I decided to change the era that we are calling back to.  I looked to the decade of muscle cars, and great car chases.  Our new Rocketeer is Curt Jacobson, who designed his own jetpack built with a v10 engine and spills oil and grease all over the place. It’s a messy and bumpy ride, but damn does it kick!  He wears a fireproof racing suit that will keep him safe and warm in the sky.  I toyed with leaving the helmet gold, but it just didn’t look right with the rest of the costume, so i decided to alter the helmet slightly but decided to stick with silver to make it his own.  I brought the gold into the eye glass which makes sense as it ist easier to see in the sun.  Also, it is one large opening as apposed to two eye pieces.   I left a simple looking rocket design on his jacket to homage the old rocket.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, I like the idea of a gritty over the top bruiser as the rocketeer.  I see lots of fun muscle cars escaping down the highway as our new rocketeer comes flying above them, with a trail of smoke behind him and smashes onto the roof and cars flip over and explode. You know you wanna see that!  See you next week!

~Tony Sedani

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