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Rocketeer artist dies

12/03/2008. Contributed by Steve Green

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American science fiction and fantasy comics artist, Dave Stevens, has died 10th March, aged 52. He was suffering from leukemia.

Dave Stevens (1955-2008)

American comics artist; died 10th March, aged 52. He was suffering from leukemia.

Stevens' first professional work was inking Russ Manning's pencils on the Tarzan newspaper strip; fittingly, he won the inaugural Russ Manning Award in 1982 for most promising newcomer.

This was the year Stevens created his most famous character, The Rocketeer, adapted for the cinema in 1991. The eponymous superhero's girlfriend was inspired by Stevens' ex-wife, the actress Brinke Stevens, who continued to model for him after their divorce (although he always substituted the face of glamour icon Bettie Page).

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