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Born in 1955, Dave Stevens is best known for his amazing 80s character The Rocketeer. I absolutely loved that book and often tried to imitate Stevens' realistic-cartoony art style when I was a high schooler. The comic also brought back to the limelight 40s and 50s pin-up queen, Betty Page. Stevens was instrumental in making sure that Ms. Page received some financial benefit from the use of her image on everything from t-shirts to magnets. He had been struggling with leukemia for the past few years and close friends stated that it had taken a toll on him and he had been in a lot of pain. My heart goes out to his family and friends. He was an amazing creator.

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Comment by Ryan on March 12, 2008 at 4:13pm
I was always a fan of his artwork. I had no idea who Bettie Page was until I learned about her through Dave Stevens. He opened up the world of 50's pinups to me when I was in high school.

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