Dave Stevens (1955 – 2008) was an American illustrator and comics artist. He is most famous for creating The Rocketeer comic book and film character, and for his pin-up style “glamour art” illustrations, especially of model Bettie Page. He was the first to win Comic-Con International’s Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award in 1982, and received both an Inkpot Award and the Kirby Award for Best Graphic Album in 1986. The Rocketeer series was an adventure story set in a pulp fiction-styled 1930s. Despite its erratic publishing history, the Rocketeer proved to be one of the first successful features to emerge from the burgeoning independent comics movement. Stevens style was heavily influenced by Golden Age artists Will Eisner, Frank Frazetta and Wally Wood. Following The Rocketeer, Stevens worked primarily as an illustrator, doing a variety of ink and painted illustrations for book and comic book covers, posters, prints, portfolios, and private commissions, including a number of covers for Comico’s Jonny Quest title and a series of eight covers for Eclipse comics, featuring characters such as Airboy and the DNAgents.