Cliff Secord was a hotshot stunt pilot who one day discovered a mysterious package in his plane. When unwrapping the package, he discovers a mysterious jetpack. Using this jetpack, Cliff Secord fights crime as the Rocketeer.
Rocketeer was created by Dave Stevens, debuting in Starslayer #1.
In May of 2011, IDW began publishing Rocketeer Adventures. Each issue has a painted cover by Alex Ross. A large number of comic creators have worked on the series as each issue switches to different creators. Kurt Busiek, John Cassaday, Mike Allred, Michael Kaluta, Mike Mignola, Dave Stewart and Jim Silke are among creators working on the series.
The Rocketeer's standard sidearm is a Mauser C96.
A full length feature film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures in 1991. The film was directed by Joe Johnston. Billy Campbell was cast as Cliff Secord. The film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton and Terry O'Quinn. Plans for a sequel diminished due to poor box office results. The soundtrack was composed by James Horner which received positive reviews.