Tim Hildebrandt, Dave Stevens, and Greg Hildebrandt
at the 1994 San Diego Comic-Con
There are quite a few wonderful articles
on the net about Dave’s life.
For those of you that do not know him, he was best known as the creator
and genius behind “The Rocketeer” comic and movie.
The first time I met Dave was in 1994 at the San Diego at the Comic
My first thought was my God he looks exactly like d'Artagnan from
the Three Musketeers. What a wonderful face, what a beautiful
smile, what a sweet man. And on top of that I loved his art!
Dave did a sketch for me in one of his books, which I did not ask for,
but I will treasure it forever. He was an amazing artist whose life
cut short way too early. Dave was only 52 when he passed away, but
he leaves behind his art as a gift to all of us. And we are
blessed with our memories of him
We offer our sincerest condolences to his family
& to his close friends.
Jean L. Scrocco
Farewell to one of the great
geniuses of our time
I had the honor of meeting Dave only a few times in San Diego.
first time I met him I saw a really nice guy with an amazing talent.
was a pleasure to spend time with him.
Dave attained a pinnacle to which we artists all aspire. His
Rocketeer is a masterpiece! It has been an inspiration to me since
first became aware of it in 1985. I have it in my studio and I
it often to see a master craftsman and original thinker at work.
Dave Stevens is in the hall of the giants, next to Hal Foster,
Milt Caniff, Alex Raymond and Will Eisner.
I knew he was ill. But I was so shocked when I heard he had passed
away. It is a tragic loss and my heart goes out to his family
and to his close friends.
Dave will live on forever in his art that he left behind.
It is up to all of us to make sure of that.