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365 Reasons to Love Comics #163

Anthropomorphism Week finally gets around to profiling everyone’s favorite comic book character inspired by a Beatles song. I promised it to you, so here it is. Strawberry Archive Forever, man.

6/12/07

163. Rocket Raccoon

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Now somewhere in the black holes of Sirius Major there lived a young boy named Rocket Raccoon…
Rocket Raccoon shot in with a boom
Clutching, in his paws, Gideon’s Bible
Rocket had come equipped with a gun
To shoot off the head of a robot clown…vil.

Boy, that’s harder than it looks. And I even lifted the majority of the words wholesale. Oh well. As you can tell, the Rocket Raccoon name is a play on the Beatles’ Rocky Raccoon. That first line of my little ballad up there was the story title of one of Rocket’s first appearances, in Incredible Hulk #271. He was created by Bill Mantlo, Keith Giffen, and Terry Austin, a fantastic cadre of comickers.

Rocket later bounded into his own four issue mini-series written by the magnificent Mantlo and drawn by the megalomaniacal (haw haw) Mike Mignola. Mignola’s soon-to-be-classic style wasn’t very much in abundance on the page, however. The book was drawn akin to a fairy tale storybook, and looked gorgeous. Rocket Raccoon was a genetic experiment guarding a colony (who swore by Gideon’s Bible) of the mentally ill. They did cure them, eventually. And they fought clowns. It was interesting.

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I also loved Rocket’s pal Wal Rus, who could swap out high-tech tusks. Genius.

After the mini, poor Rocket Raccoon didn’t get the spotlight often, appearing as second banana to the She-Hulk and then being ignobly killed off, supposedly, by Peter David, who must not have liked the little guy. But we love him, right, readers?

Awesome! ’cause he’s coming back in an upcoming mini that’s supposed to feature Star-Lord, but we all know who the real star is– Rocket Raccoon!

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The premise sells itself, really. He’s a raccoon. With rockets. And laser guns. In space. Brilliant. And, frankly, ’nuff said.

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I’m really loving the art in that miniseries! And the premise too. Thank gosh it’s con season … bargain boxes, I’m-a come a-scourin’!

I’ve made it my life’s mission to own every appearance of Rocket Raccoon. I have also made it my life’s mission to someday draw a Rocket Raccoon comic professionally.

As for Mignola’s distinctive art style not being present, all I can say is that those are definitely fat bowlegged Mignola thighs.

Now that song is going to be stuck in my head all day.

But hey, at least he is appearing in the Annihlation thing.

Now, as for the next spotlight, I’m to going to guess…Sonic the Hedgehog.

Why not?

Will that rabbit-like alien from Marvel’s Star Wars comic make the list?

I’ll be checking out that new series.

I just discovered Rocket a few days ago myself. I’ve managed to purchase online all comics that had him in it I think and I’ve prepaid for the new comic that has him in it. He’ll be my hero forever and I hope he stays alive this time.

I loved the original mini series as a kid. I read it over and over.
The main appearances I know of are:
Incredible Hulk #271
Marvel Age #25 (April 1985) (cover and preview for the mini series)
Rocket Raccoon: Four Issue Limited Series #1 – #4
Quasar #15
The Sensational She-Hulk #44 – #46
Annihilation: Conquest Prologue
Annihilation: Conquest Star-Lord #1-#4
Hopefully in Annihilation: Conquest #1 – #6
If Annihilation: Conquest kills him off I WILL BE PISSED.
It has been said the The Incredible Hulk #413- #416 (“The Troyjan War”) features the Troyjans killing Rocket Raccoon… but if that was the case, he wouldn’t be in Star-Lord now!
Go out and collect.

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