Aug 1928 And Mar 1929 Buck Rogers first appeared in the pulp magazine Amazing Stories in Aug 1928 (Armageddon - 2419 AD). The sequel (Airlords of the Hun) appeared in Amazing Stories in Mar 1929. Buck Rogers was referred to as Anthony Rogers in these stories. The stories were written by Philip Francis Nowlan. Philip Nowlan and the syndicate John F. Dille Company (later known as the National Newspaper Syndicate), were contracted to adapt the story into a newspaper comic strip. 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 of Buck Rogers included a serial film (starring Buster Crabbe), a radio series, two television series, and a movie. There is more information about this book at the bottom of the page
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Thanks to Jim Thorpe for posting this great compilation!
The man in the red jumpsuit on the cover of the August 1928 Amazing is often misidentified as Buck Rogers. Though Rogers did indeed first appear in this issue, the wonderful Frank R. Paul cover illustration is of E. E. Smith's The Skylark of Space, and the flying guy is Richard Ballinger Seaton.
I wonder how many readers know that that AMAZING STORIES August 1928 cover does not depict the Buck Rogers story, but rather EE Smith's "The Skylark of Space". Two enduring classics debuted in that issue.
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