Images courtesy of Retro 1951
Edit: Sad news. Paul Sorvino, who played gangster Eddie Valentine in the film, has passed away. He was the father of actress Mira Sorvino and a prolific actor himself, appearing in Goodfellas, Law and Order, The Goldbergs, Romeo + Juliet, Dick Tracy, and Murder She Wrote, just to name a few.
He was unforgettable as Eddie and he will be missed. It was in this scene that everyone cheered in the theater when my mom and I saw it. I will always remember that moment as long as I live. R.I.P.
(It is a spoiler if you haven't seen the film!)
Greetings to my pen and paper lovers!
I was looking through my Instagram feed the other day and happened to see Retro 1951's post about their partnership with Okkto, a pop culture collectibles company. They are offering a limited edition collectors set of rollerball pens to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Dave Stevens' comic book series The Rocketeer, which will be available in October! Makes a truly unique gift for someone you love or for yourself!
You have no idea how excited this makes me as I have been a big fan of the film since 1991 and in my opinion, it's one of Disney's most underrated live action films. I remember going to see it with my mom on Opening Weekend and everyone there enjoyed every minute of this action-packed adventure!
For those of you not familiar with The Rocketeer, the story is set in 1938 and is about young pilot Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) and his friend Peevy (Alan Arkin), who discover an experimental rocket pack that has been stolen by mobsters from Howard Hughes (Terry O'Quinn), the legendary aviator and movie producer. The beautiful and luminous Jennifer Connelly plays Jenny Blake, Cliff's girlfriend who gets entangled with the seductive, but dangerous matinee idol Neville Sinclair (Timothy Dalton), who is modeled on Errol Flynn. But Sinclair has an sinister ulterior motive for the stolen rocket pack as well.
I'm definitely going to look into selling these beauties as well as owning a set of them myself. Once that happens, I'll be doing an official announcement here on The High Roller Blog and my social media. I'll even do a live unboxing on my YouTube channel and a review! The designs are amazing and truly capture both the spirit of the comic books and the film.
Here's an awesome video I found on YouTube about The Rocketeer filming locations. Thanks to Stanley Foss for sharing all this fantastic info with us fans!