The character was created by and , and inspired by song "". Other references to the song were featured in Rocket's appearance in #271 (May 1982), which was titled "Now Somewhere In the Black Holes of Sirius Major There Lived a Young Boy Named Rocket Raccoon" and saw the Hulk help Rocket stop a villain trying to steal "Gideon's Bible", which in the was a book that contained the sum of all knowledge on the Loonies colony.
Rocket Raccoon first appeared in #7 (Summer 1976), in the back-up feature "The Sword in the Star", under the name "Rocky". He would next appear in #271 (May 1982), where it is learned that "Rocky" is short for "Rocket". In 1985, he received his own four-issue and in an afterword to the first issue, Mantlo himself asserted that this was the same character seen in , by and by with . Rocket appeared in #15 in 1990 and later appeared in three issues of in 1992 (#44-46). The character only appeared in a total of ten comic books in his first thirty years of existence.
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Rocket Raccoon appeared as a prominent member in the 2008 relaunch of the superhero team . The character has appeared in several media adaptations as a member of that team, including , , and . He appears in the 2014 live-action film , albeit only as "Rocket", with his voice provided by and motion capture provided by .
Rocket Raccoon is a fictional appearing in published by . Created by writer and artist , the character first appeared in #7 (Summer 1976). He is an intelligent, , who is an expert and master . His name and aspects of his character are a nod to the ' 1968 song "".