Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Dave Stevens

It's getting so I'm afraid to open my web browser anymore.

In a time when the world just seems so dark we're losing more and more of the kinds of people we need most. I never met Mr. Stevens but I sure loved his work. Mike bought just about everything he did, especially the Rocketeer. I remember borrowing Mike's Rocketeer comics and just being blown away. That character design was just spectacular and the artwork was unsurpassed. Stevens was one of the masters. Towards the end of last year, when Suzanne and I were visiting my parents, they gave me a box of Mike's old stuff that he'd left at home. One of the items was a Dave Stevens portfolio. I remember lying on Mike's bed, flipping through the book and remembering how much Mike loved Stevens' work and how he'd sometimes do drawings of the Rocketeer, trying to get that unique Stevensesque feel. I just can't believe we've lost another giant so young. Fifty-three. Jesus.

Rest in peace, Dave Stevens. You're in awfully good company.

5 comments:

Denis said...

Like you, I never had the oppertunity to meet Dave, but his work had a huge effect on me. I fell in love with the pulp genre before I even knew what "pulp" was, or even "genre"!! I was lucky enough to get hold of a trade of his Rocketeer work last year and got to read that for the first time!! Great, great stuff.

jason said...
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emilio said...

Matt-
I never met Dave, but think highly of his artwork.
I know he'll be missed.

Oh, oh! looks like Jason just spammed you.

Till next time.

Tim Perkins said...

Hi Matt,

I have been speaking to fellow professionals this week about how many comic artists are dying very young over the last twelve months or so. My Blog, which I began in 2007 has covered at least six great folks, including your brother, Mike.

It would almost look like an obituary column at times, but I have always tried to celebrate the guys and their wonderful work, despite the sadness their passing brings to people.

No consolation I know, but their fantastic work makes them immortal.

BTW I was going to post a message the other day when you posted your "Perhapanauts" pencils, but was so snowed under I couldn't manage to do so. The pencils look superb. I'm looking forward to seeing more of them.

Best Wishes,
Tim...

Matt Wieringo said...

Thanks, TIm. I just read your post about Mike on your blog. Very nicely done. I can also relate to your feelings about losing a favorite artist, not because of Mike, who was family, but because of Mike Parobeck. I've been thinking a lot about him lately. Hiis work was lighthearted and fun, like Mike's, and I really miss seeing it.

And, Jason? Buh-bye.