By Dick Calkins & Phil Nowlan
Publisher: Publisher: Club Anni Tenta & Pacific Comics Club
Newspaper reprint, 12.5" x 16" oversize softcover
Full Color Sunday Newspaper Comic Strips
VERY GOOD to FINE CONDITION, with the usual surface wear & slight rubbing to covers from book being handled, read and stored. Corner Bump
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Buck Rogers is a fictional character who first appeared in Armageddon 2419 A.D. by Philip Francis Nowlan in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories as Anthony Rogers. A sequel, The Airlords of Han, was published in the March 1929 issue.
Philip Nowlan and the syndicate John F. Dille Company, later known as the National Newspaper Syndicate, contracted to adapt the story into a comic strip. After Nowlan and Dille enlisted editorial cartoonist Dick Calkins as the illustrator, Nowlan adapted the first episode from Armageddon 2419, A.D. and changed the hero's name from Anthony Rogers to Buck Rogers. The strip made its first newspaper appearance on January 7, 1929. Later adaptations included a serial film, a television series (where his first name was changed from Anthony to William), and other formats.
The adventures of Buck Rogers in comic strips, movies, radio and television became an important part of American popular culture. This pop phenomenon paralleled the development of space technology in the 20th century and introduced Americans to outer space as a familiar environment for swashbuckling adventure.
Dick Calkins (1895 – May 12, 1962), who often signed his work Lt. Dick Calkins, is a comic strip artist who is best known for being the first artist to draw the Buck Rogers comic strip. He also wrote for the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century radio program.
Calkins served as the artist for this series from January 1929 to November 1947. Buck Rogers is sometimes credited as being the first science fiction comic strip.[wiki]
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