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Buck Rogers


Poster for Buck Rogers serial, 1939 Image File history File links Buckrogersserial. ...

Publisher Amazing Stories
First appearance August, 1928
Created by Philip Francis Nowlan
Characteristics
Alter ego Anthony Rogers
Affiliations Wilma Deering, Dr. Huer


Buck Rogers is a fictional pulp character who first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers, the hero of two novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan published in the magazine Amazing Stories. Rogers is best known from the long-running newspaper comic strip. He also appeared in a movie serial, a television series, a computer game, and in many other formats. Amazing Stories magazine, sometimes retitled Amazing Science Fiction, began in April 1926, becoming the first science fiction magazine and one of the pioneers of science fiction in the United States. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Philip Francis Nowlan (born 1888 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died February 1, 1940 in Philadelphia) was a science fiction author. ... North American DVD release of the 1979-81 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV series. ... FicTioNaL is a Gaming Legend. ... Flynns Detective Fiction from 1941. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... A novella is a narrative work of prose fiction somewhat longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. ... Philip Francis Nowlan (born 1888 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died February 1, 1940 in Philadelphia) was a science fiction author. ... Amazing Stories magazine, sometimes retitled Amazing Science Fiction, began in April 1926, becoming the first science fiction magazine and one of the pioneers of science fiction in the United States. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ...


The adventures of Buck Rogers, whether in comic strip form, movies, radio or television, became an important part of American pop culture. This pop phenomenon paralleled the development of space technology in the twentieth century and introduced Americans to space as a familiar environment for swashbuckling adventure. Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ...


Buck Rogers has been credited with bringing into popular media the concept of space exploration, following in the footsteps of literary pioneers such as H.G. Wells. Space exploration is the physical exploration of outer space, both by human spaceflights and by robotic spacecraft. ... H. G. Wells at the door of his house at Sandgate Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 - August 13, 1946) was an English writer best known for his science fiction novels such as The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. ...

Contents

Amazing Stories

"Buck Rogers" first appeared in this issue of Amazing Stories, August 1928. The cover illustrates The Skylark of Space, not Buck Rogers.

The character first appeared as Anthony Rogers, the central character of Philip Francis Nowlan's novella Armageddon 2419 A.D., which first appeared in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories. Image File history File links Amazbuck. ... Image File history File links Amazbuck. ... The Skylark of Space is one of the earliest novels of interstellar travel. ... Philip Francis Nowlan (born 1888 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died February 1, 1940 in Philadelphia) was a science fiction author. ... A novella is a narrative work of prose fiction somewhat longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. ... Armageddon 2419 A.D. was a science fiction novella by Philip Francis Nowlan which introduced the popular adventure character Buck Rogers. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Amazing Stories magazine, sometimes retitled Amazing Science Fiction, began in April 1926, becoming the first science fiction magazine and one of the pioneers of science fiction in the United States. ...


While surveying an abandoned mine, Rogers, a former United States Army Air Corps officer, falls into a coma after exposure to a leaking gas, and awakes in the twenty-fifth century. Together with his new comrades, the beautiful Wilma Deering and the intrepid Dr. Huer, he struggles to rid the world of evil warlords and "Mongol" hordes. It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... North American DVD release of the 1979-81 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV series. ... Honorary guard of Mongolia. ...


Armageddon 2419 A.D.'s sequel, The Airlords of Han, appeared in the March 1929 issue of Amazing Stories. The story's enemy force, the Han, were later renamed Mongols.


In 1933, Nowlan and Dick Calkins co-wrote Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, a novella that retold the origin of Buck Rogers and also summarized some of his adventures. A reprint of this work was included with the first edition of the 1995 novel Buck Rogers: A Life in the Future by Martin Caidin. Dick Calkins (1895 - May 12, 1962), who often signed his work Lt. ... Martin Caidin (1927-1997) was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation. ...


In the 1960s, Nowlan's two novellas were combined by editor Donald A. Wollheim into one paperback novel, titled Armageddon 2419 A.D. [1] The original 40-cent edition featured a cover by Ed Emshwiller. A novella is a narrative work of prose fiction somewhat longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. ... Donald Allen Wollheim (October 1, 1914 – November 2, 1990) was a science fiction writer, editor, and publisher. ... Edmund Alexander Emshwiller (Emsh) (February 16, 1925-July 27, 1990) was a visual artist notable for illustrations of many science fiction magazine covers and for his pioneering computer-generated movies. ...


Comic strip

The story of Anthony Rogers in Amazing Stories caught the attention of John F. Dille, president of the National Newspaper Service syndicate, and he arranged for the author, Philip Francis Nowlan, to turn it into a comic strip for Dille's syndication company. The comic strip was named "Buck Rogers", and this name stuck in all later reworkings of the story. Dille assigned staff artist Dick Calkins to the project. This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Print Syndication is a form of syndication in which news articles, columns, or comic strips are made available to newspapers and magazines. ... Dick Calkins (1895 - May 12, 1962), who often signed his work Lt. ...


Some have suggested that Dille coined the nickname "Buck" based on a 1920s cowboy character named [[Buck Jones (western).


On January 7, 1929 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D., the first science fiction comic strip, debuted. Coincidentally, this was also the date that the Tarzan comic strip began. Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... James H. Pierce and Joan Burroughs Pierce starred in the 1932-34 Tarzan radio series 1964 Edition of Tarzan of the Apes Tarzan, a fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first appeared in the 1912 novel Tarzan of the Apes, and then in twenty-three sequels. ...


On 30 March 1930 a Sunday strip joined the Buck Rogers daily. There was, as yet, no established convention for the same character having different adventures in the Sunday strip and the daily strip (many newspapers carried one but not the other) and so the Sunday strip at first followed the adventures of Buck's young friend Buddy Deering, Wilma Deering's younger brother, and his girlfriend Alura. It was some time before Buck made his first appearance in a Sunday strip. Other prominent characters in the Sunday strip included Dr. Huer, who punctuated his speech with the exclamation "Heh!," the villainous Killer Kane and his paramour Ardala, and Black Barney, who began as a space pirate but later became Buck's ally. March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (90th in leap years). ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also Comic strip and Daily strip. ...


Like many popular comic strips of the day, Buck Rogers was presented in Big Little Books, illustrated text adaptations of the daily strip stories, and in a collectible Buck Rogers Pop-Up Book. Big Little Books began in 1932, published by the Whitman Publishing Company in Racine, Wisconsin. ...


The strip ran continuously for 38 years, with the final installment being published on July 8, 1967. July 8 is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...


The comic strip was revived in 1979 by Gray Morrow and Jim Lawrence. The strip was retitled Buck Rogers in the 25th Century in 1980, and longtime comic book writer Cary Bates would sign on in 1981 until the strip's ending in 1983. Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Gray Morrow (March 7, 1934 - November 6, 2001) was an American illustrator of paperback books and comics. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Cary Bates is a comic book and animation writer. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ...

See also: List of Buck Rogers comic strips

Listing of the publication history for the Buck Rogers comic strip. ...

Radio show

In 1932, the Buck Rogers radio program, notable as the first science fiction show on radio, hit the airwaves. The radio program aired 4 times a week for fifteen years, from 1932 through 1947. Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...


The radio show again related the story of our hero Buck finding himself in the 25th Century. Actors Matt Crowley, Curtis Arnall, Carl Frank, and John Larkin all voiced Buck at various times. The beautiful and strong-willed Wilma Dearing was portrayed by Adele Ronson, and the brilliant scientist and inventor Dr. Huer was played by Edgar Stehli. John Larkin is the name of numerous people: Scatman John, a scat musician at least 6 John Larkins in the movie industry This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


The radio series was produced and directed by Carlo De Angelo and later by Jack Johnstone.


Note: Johnstone recalled in 1988 how he worked with the sound effects of Ora Nichols to produce the sound of the rockets using an air-conditioning vent. [2] Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


Film and TV adaptations

World's Fair

A ten-minute Buck Rogers film premiered at the 1933-1934 World's Fair in Chicago. John Dille Jr. (son of strip baron John F. Dille) starred in the film, which was called Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: An Interplanetary Battle with the Tiger Men of Mars. Worlds Fair is any of various large expositions held since the mid-19th century. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...


This rare promotional film has recently been shown at the May 2007 Windy City Pulp Convention in Chicago, Illinois, the July 2006 Pulpcon in Dayton, Ohio, and the September 2007 Mid atlantic nostalgia convention in Aberdeen, Maryland. The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention is an annual event, offering nostalgia items for people who attend the event. ...


Department store promotion movie

According to Robert Lesser's 1975 book "A celebration of Comic Art and Memorabilia" ISBN 0-8015-1456-8, a special movie short was produced in 1936. This was designed to be shown in department stores to promote Buck Rogers merchandise. This live action short, presented "a series of exciting scenes and is complete with sound effects." "A special cast was employed to produce the picture which was filmed in the studios of the Action Film Company, Chicago, under the personal direction and supervision of Dr. Harlan Tarbell." The characters in the short include Buck, Wilma, Dr. Huer, Killer Kane, Ardala, King Grallo of the Martian Tiger Men and Mechanical Robots. Unfortunately, this film has not been shown since the 1930s. A few stills from the production were included in Lesser's book. (1890-1960) Born in Delavan, Illinois. ...


Movie serial

A twelve-part Buck Rogers movie serial was launched in 1939. In this version Buck Rogers and his young friend Buddy Wade are involved in a dirigible accident in a remote place. Immediately afterwards they somehow get into suspended animation waiting for rescue. When they are finally discovered and revived, they learn that 500 years have passed. A tyrannical dictator named “Killer Kane” and his henchmen now run the world. Buck and Buddy must now save the world, and they do so with the help of Lieutenant Wilma Deering and Prince Tallen of Saturn. It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dirigible can refer to : an airship -- a lighter-than-air aircraft that can be steered and propelled through the air. ... Killer Kane is a fictional character and primary antagonist in the 1939 Buck Rogers movie serial produced by Universal. ...


The serial starred Buster Crabbe, who had previously played the role of Flash Gordon, a role he was later to reprise as "Brigadier Gordon" in the Buck Rogers television series — the only crossover between the two characters. Constance Moore played Lieutenant Wilma Deering, the only woman in the film, and Jackie Moran was Buddy Wade, a character who did not appear in other versions of the Buck Rogers franchise, but who was clearly modeled on the Sunday strip character Buddy Deering. Anthony Warde played "Killer Kane", Buck Rogers's enemy; this was the only time that Warde, who usually portrayed evil underlings in serials, played a lead villain. Buster Crabbe Buster Crabbe (February 7, 1908 – April 23, 1983) was an American athlete turned actor, who starred in a number of popular serials in the 1930s and 1940s. ... Flash Gordon is a science fiction comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, first published on January 7, 1934. ... Constance Moore (born 18 January 1920) is a retired singer and actress. ... Jackie Moran (January 26, 1923—September 20, 1990) was an American movie actor who, between 1936 and 1946, appeared in over thirty films, primarily in teenage roles. ... One popular concept of the villain, meant to mimic the purposely distinctive visage of villains, initially from the stage plays of the 1880s. ...


Korean-American actor Philson Ahn, younger brother of noted actor Philip Ahn, played Prince Tallen, a Saturnian native who befriends Buck Rogers. As was typical for the times however, all other Saturnians were played by Caucasian actors. There are some racist undertones in the film. For example, workers on the planet Saturn, who are called Zugs, are portrayed as ugly, dark, hulking brutes (played by Caucasians in makeup) who are unable to think for themselves and who worship and attend to a catatonic brainwashed human. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Philip Ahn (March 29, 1905 – February 28, 1978) was a Korean-American actor. ...


The noted actor and "crown prince of stuntmen" David Sharpe, who appeared in over 4,500 films over the course of a seven-decade career, also appeared in the Buck Rogers serial in several roles: as a Kane pilot, a Hidden City sentry, and a Saturnian lieutenant. The name David Sharpe is shared by the following persons: David Sharpe (1967 - ) -- British runner. ...


The serial had a small budget and saved money on special effects by re-using material from other stories: background shots from the futuristic musical Just Imagine (1930), as the city of the future, the garishly stenciled walls from the Azura palace set in Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, as Kane's penthouse suite, and the "Strato-Sleds" of Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, as mock-ups of the flying machines. Just Imagine was a humorous science-fiction movie musical presented by 20th Century Fox in 1930, directed by David Butler, to console audiences distressed by the Great Depression. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flash Gordons Trip to Mars is a 1938 film serial of 15 episodes, based on the comic strip Flash Gordon. ... Flash Gordons Trip to Mars is a 1938 film serial of 15 episodes, based on the comic strip Flash Gordon. ...


In 1953, the 1939 movie serial was re-edited and re-released as a motion picture entitled Planet Outlaws. This reissue was subsequently edited again and retitled Destination Saturn for broadcast on television in 1965. Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


The re-edited movie was released once again in the late 1970s with the theatrical poster advertising, "Star Wars owes it all to Buck Rogers."


1950–1951 ABC television series

The first version of Buck Rogers to appear on television, debuted on ABC on April 15, 1950 and ran until January 30, 1951. Its time slot initially was on Saturdays at 6:00 P.M., and each episode was 30 minutes in length. Later, the program was rescheduled to Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. where it ran against the popular Texaco Star Theater hosted by Milton Berle which trounced Buck Rogers in the ratings, and led to the series' cancellation. The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... April 15 is the 105th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (106th in leap years). ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Milton Berle (July 12, 1908 - March 27, 2002) was an American comedian who was born Milton Berlinger according to his birth certificate. ...


There were a number of changes to the cast during the show's short duration. Three actors played Buck Rogers in the series: Earl Hammond, Kem Dibbs and Robert Pastene. Two notable actresses portrayed Wilma Deering in the series, Eva Marie Saint and Lou Prentis. Two actors would also play the role of Dr. Huer: Harry Southern and also Sanford Bickart. Black Barney was played by Harry Kingtson.[3] Earl Hammond (June 17, 1921 - May 1, 2002) was an actor and voice actor. ... Eva Marie Saint (born July 4, 1924) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ...


The series was directed by Babette Henry, written by Gene Wyckoff and produced by Joe Cates & Babette Henry.


The series was broadcast live from station WENR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Chicago, Illinois. There are no known surviving kinescopes of the first Buck Rogers television series. WENR-TV (MAX 22) is a Max Television station in Chicago. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... The term kinescope originally referred to a type of early television picture tube. ...


Motion picture and 1979–1981 NBC television series

North American DVD release of the 1979 – 1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV series. Left to right: Twiki (with Dr. Theopolis), Col. Wilma Deering (Erin Gray), Capt. Buck Rogers (Gil Gerard), and (in background) Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley).
North American DVD release of the 1979 – 1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV series. Left to right: Twiki (with Dr. Theopolis), Col. Wilma Deering (Erin Gray), Capt. Buck Rogers (Gil Gerard), and (in background) Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley).

In 1979, Buck Rogers was revived and updated for a prime-time television series for NBC Television. The pilot film was first shown in cinemas in Spring 1979. Good box-office returns led NBC to commission a full series, which started in September 1979. Download high resolution version (828x1098, 135 KB) This work is copyrighted. ... Download high resolution version (828x1098, 135 KB) This work is copyrighted. ... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is the title of an American motion picture produced by Universal Studios and released in 1979, and is also the title of a television series based upon the film that was aired by NBC for two seasons between 1979 and 1981. ... Erin Gray (born January 7, 1950) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her role as Colonel Wilma Deering in the 1979–1981 television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century // At the age of eight her parents separated, and she moved to California with her mother. ... Gil Gerard as Buck Rogers Gilbert Gerard, better known as Gil Gerard (born January 23, 1943) is an American actor. ... Pamela Hensley is an American actress born on October 3, 1950 in Los Angeles, California. ... Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is the title of an American motion picture produced by Universal Studios and released in 1979, and is also the title of a television series based upon the film that was aired by NBC for two seasons between 1979 and 1981. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


The series starred Gil Gerard as Capt. William "Buck" Rogers, a US Air Force pilot who commands Ranger 3, a space shuttle that is launched in 1987. Because of a freak combination of gases, he is frozen in space for 504 years and is revived in the 25th century. There, he learns that the Earth was united following a devastating nuclear war in the late 20th century, and is now under the protection of the Earth Defense Forces, headquartered in New Chicago. The latest threat to Earth comes from the spaceborne armies of the planet Draconia, who are planning an invasion. Gil Gerard as Buck Rogers Gilbert Gerard, better known as Gil Gerard (born January 23, 1943) is an American actor. ... Seal of the Air Force. ... For the current Space Shuttle mission, see STS-117 NASAs Space Shuttle, officially called Space Transportation System (STS), is the United States governments current manned launch vehicle. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 25th century (Gregorian Calendar) comprises the years 2401-2500. ... Adjectives: Terrestrial, Terran, Telluric, Tellurian, Earthly Atmosphere Surface pressure: 101. ... Nuclear War is a card game designed by Douglas Malewicki, and originally published in 1966. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999...


Co-starring in the series were Erin Gray as crack Starfighter pilot Col. Wilma Deering, and Tim O'Connor as Dr. Elias Huer, head of Earth Defense Forces, and a former star pilot himself. Ardala appeared (played by Pamela Hensley), as a Draconian princess supervising her father's armies, with Kane (played by Henry Silva in the film; by Michael Ansara in the series) as her enforcer. Although Black Barney did not appear as a character in the series, there was a character named Barney Smith (played by James Sloyan) who appeared in the two-part episode, "Plot to Kill a City." New characters added for the series included a comical robot named Twiki (embodied by Felix Silla, with voice provided by Mel Blanc), who becomes Buck's personal assistant, and Dr. Theopolis (voice by Eric Server), a computer brain Twiki carries around. Erin Gray (born January 7, 1950) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her role as Colonel Wilma Deering in the 1979–1981 television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century // At the age of eight her parents separated, and she moved to California with her mother. ... Tim OConnor (Born July 3, 1927, Chicago, Illinois) is a noted American character actor best known for his prolific work in television, although he has made only a few appearances since the early 1990s. ... Pamela Hensley is an American actress born on October 3, 1950 in Los Angeles, California. ... Henry Silva (born September 15, 1928) is an actor of Puerto Rican descent who has played a wide variety of movie roles. ... Michael Ansara (born April 15, 1922) is a stage, screen and voice actor. ... James Joseph Sloyan (born February 24, 1940 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA) is an American actor. ... TWiki is a Wiki program which runs (serves as a platform for) certain wikis which are called TWikiSites. ... Actor Felix Silla (left), visits with artist Doug Kincaid during a Sept. ... Melvin Jerome Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was a prolific American voice actor, performing on radio, in television commercials, and most famously, in hundreds of cartoon shorts for Warner Bros. ... Dr. Theopolis and Twiki in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century This is an entry for the Buck Rogers character. ... Eric Server was a U.S. television character actor. ...


The series ran for two seasons on NBC. Broadcast of the second season was delayed until 1981 due to a writers' strike in 1980. When the series returned it had been retooled in a manner which was strikingly similar to a previous Glen Larson produced series, Battlestar Galactica. Now rather than defending Earth, Buck and Wilma were on a mission to track down the lost colonies of humanity aboard the deep-space exploration vessel "Searcher." The series was cancelled at the end of the 1980-1981 season, but remains a cult favorite 25 years later. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Glen A. Larson (born 1937) is a television writer and producer. ... Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, produced in 1978 by Glen Larson and starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict. ...


Two novels based upon the series by Addison E. Steele were published: a novelization of the 1979 feature film, and That Man on Beta, an adaptation of an unproduced teleplay. A novelization (or novelisation in British English) is a work of fiction that is written based on some other media story form rather than as an original work. ...


Role-playing games and spinoffs

Buck Rogers XXVC

Buck Rogers XXVC Character and Combat Guide
Main article: Buck Rogers XXVC

In 1988, TSR, Inc. created a game setting based on Buck Rogers, called Buck Rogers XXVC (abbreviated XXVC here). Many products were produced that were set in this universe, including comic books, novels, role-playing game material and video games. In the role-playing game, the player characters were allied to Buck Rogers and NEO (the New Earth Organisation) in their fight against RAM (a Russian-American corporation based on Mars). The games also extensively featured "gennies" (genetically enhanced organisms). The gameplay of "Buck Rogers - Battle for the 25th Century" boardgame by TSR dealt with token movement and resource management. There is purported to be a single expansion for the boardgame called the Martian Wars Expansion, but it is not known if this was ever released. Image File history File links Brcharandcombat. ... Image File history File links Brcharandcombat. ... Buck Rogers XXVC Character and Combat Guide Buck Rogers XXVC (sometimes pronounced as Buck Rogers in the 25th Century) is a game setting created by TSR, Inc. ... TSR, Inc. ... A campaign setting is a fictional fantasy world which serves as a setting for a role-playing game or wargame. ... Buck Rogers XXVC Character and Combat Guide Buck Rogers XXVC (sometimes pronounced as Buck Rogers in the 25th Century) is a game setting created by TSR, Inc. ... In role-playing, participants adopt characters, or parts, that have personalities, motivations, and backgrounds different from their own. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ... A player character or playable character (PC) is a fictional character in a game who is controlled or controllable by the player. ... Token can mean one of several things: In computer science, specifically lexical analysis, a token is usually a word or an atomic element within a string. ...


XXVC books

From 1990 to 1991, ten 'comics modules' set in the XXVC universe were published, entitled Rude Awakening #1 - #3, Black Barney #1 - #3. and Martian Wars #1 -#4. These shared the numbering as a series issues #1 - #10 with issue #10 as a flip-book with Intruder #10. There has been speculation that two more stories were printed but not widely distributed.


Ten paperback novels set in the XXVC universe were published, starting in 1990: Arrival, The Martian Wars Trilogy, Rebellion 2456, Hammer of Mars, Armageddon off Vesta, The Inner Planets Trilogy consisting of First Power Play, Prime Squared and Matrix Cubed and the Invaders of Charon trilogy consisting of The Genesis Web, Nomads of the Sky and Warlords of Jupiter.


XXVC video games

In 1990, Strategic Simulations, Inc. released a video game, Countdown to Doomsday, for the Commodore 64, IBM PC, Sega Mega Drive, and other platforms. They released a sequel, Matrix Cubed, in 1992. Strategic Simulations, Inc. ... Countdown to Doomsday is a computer role-playing game released by Strategic Simulations, Inc. ... The Commodore 64 is the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. ... IBM PC (IBM 5150) with keyboard and green screen monochrome monitor (IBM 5151), running MS-DOS 5. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... Matrix Cubed is a video game made by Strategic Simulations, Inc. ...


High-Adventure Cliffhangers

In 1995, TSR created a new and unrelated Buck Rogers role-playing game called High-Adventure Cliffhangers. This was a return to the themes of the original Buck Rogers comic strips. This game included biplanes and interracial warfare, as opposed to the space combat of the earlier game. There were only a few expansion modules created for High-Adventure Cliffhangers. Shortly afterward, the game was discontinued, and the production of Buck Rogers RPGs and games came to an end. This game was neither widely advertised nor very popular. There were only two published products: the box set, and "War Against the Han".


Planet of Zoom video game

Screenshot Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom (arcade version)

Sega released the arcade video game Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom in 1983. The user controls a spaceship that must destroy enemy ships and avoid obstacles; Buck is never seen, except assumedly in the illustration on the side of the game cabinet, and its only real connections to Buck Rogers are the use of the name and the outer space setting. Home versions were released for the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari XE, Colecovision, Intellivision, MSX and Sega Master System video game systems, and the Commodore VIC-20, Commodore 64, Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, and ZX Spectrum computers. A version for IBM PC using CGA graphics was also available.[4][5][6][7] screenshot Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom; made myself; This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... screenshot Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom; made myself; This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Sega Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, was the first successful video game console to use plug-in cartridges instead of having one or more games built in. ... The Atari 5200 SuperSystem, or simply Atari 5200, is a video game console that was introduced in 1982 by Atari as a replacement for the famous Atari 2600. ... An Atari 800XL, one of the most popular machines in the series. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Intellivision is a video game console released by Mattel in 1979. ... Sony MSX 1, Model HitBit-10-P MSX was the name of a standardized home computer architecture in the 1980s. ... The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ... The VIC-20 (Germany: VC-20; Japan: VIC-1001) is an 8-bit home computer. ... The Commodore 64 is the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. ... 1979 TI-99/4 with RF modulator, optional Speech Synthesizer, keyboard overlays, and a cartridge. ... The ZX Spectrum is a home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... IBM PC (IBM 5150) with keyboard and green screen monochrome monitor (IBM 5151), running MS-DOS 5. ... The Color Graphics Adapter (CGA), introduced in 1981, was IBMs first color graphics card, and the first color computer display standard for the IBM PC. The standard IBM CGA graphics card was equipped with 16 kilobytes of video memory. ...


Later novels

Sequels to Armageddon_2419_A.D. were written in the 1980s by other authors. The novels include: Armageddon 2419 A.D. was a science fiction novella by Philip Francis Nowlan which introduced the popular adventure character Buck Rogers. ...

  • Mordred by John Eric Holmes ( Ace, January 1981, ISBN 0-441-54220-4 )
  • Warrior's Blood by Richard S. McEnroe ( Ace, January 1981, ISBN 0-441-87333-2 )
  • Warrior's World by Richard S. McEnroe ( Ace, October 1981, ISBN 0-441-87338-3 )
  • Rogers' Rangers by John Silbersack ( Ace, August 1983, ISBN 0-441-73380-8 )

Numerous novelists have "reinvented" the Buck Rogers mythos over the years, including: For more people named John Holmes, see John Holmes. ...

  • M.S. Murdock who wrote a trilogy of novels in the early 1990s
  • Buck Rogers: A Life in the Future by Martin Caidin, a standalone novel retelling the original story. ISBN 0-7869-0144-6

Martin Caidin (1927-1997) was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation. ...

Ownership

Ownership of Buck Rogers and other works later passed into the hands of the Dille Family Trust. Flint Dille was John F. Dille's grandson. All trademark pertaining to "Buck Rogers" is now registered to the Dille Family Trust.[8] Those trademarks formerly specific to TSR have been cancelled.[9] A family of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1997 A family consists of a domestic group of people (or a number of domestic groups), typically affiliated by birth or marriage, or by comparable legal relationships — including domestic partnership, adoption, surname and (in some cases) ownership (as occurred in the Roman Empire). ...


In 1997, in an interview for the Calgary Sun newspaper, actress Erin Gray of the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century television series stated that the film rights to the character belonged, at the time, to Walt Disney Studios but it is not known if this is still (or ever was) the case. The Calgary Sun is a daily newspaper published in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. ... Erin Gray (born January 7, 1950) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her role as Colonel Wilma Deering in the 1979–1981 television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century // At the age of eight her parents separated, and she moved to California with her mother. ... The Walt Disney Studios refers to several different entities and locations associated with The Walt Disney Company: The Walt Disney Studios is one of the media empires four main operating units. ...


Toys

In the mid-1930's, "ray guns", modelled on the pistol-like weapons used in the Buck Rogers comic strip, were popular toys. The premier such toy was the disintegrator ray, gold in color and flashing sparks, with a scientific discussion of its workings by Dr. Huer printed on the box. The concept of a death ray is generally portrayed as some form of directed energy weapon that projects energy at a person or object in order to destroy them. ... The disintegrator ray is a fictional weapon that destroys objects by disintegrating them down to their individual atoms. ...


Influence on language and popular culture

Buck Rogers' name has become proverbial in such expressions as "Buck Rogers outfit" for a protective suit that looks like a spacesuit.[citation needed] For many years, all the general American public knew about science fiction was what they read in the funny papers, and their opinion of science fiction was formed accordingly.[citation needed] Another phrase in common use before 1950 was "As crazy as flying to the moon," and serious science fiction fans were often derided about "that crazy Buck Rogers stuff." [[10]] Apollo 15 space suit A spacesuit is a complex system of garments, equipment, and environmental systems designed to keep a person alive and comfortable in the harsh environment of outer space. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The British rock band Feeder wrote a song called "Buck Rogers", which became their first top 10 hit in 2001. It reached number 5 in the UK singles chart. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Feeder are a British rock band who formed in Newport, South Wales during 1992. ... Buck Rogers was the first single released from British rock band Feeders 2001 album Echo Park. // It reached #5 in the UK charts, the groups first top 10 single and their highest placed single ever until it was equalled in 2005 by Tumble And Fall. The video featured...


Satire

Such was the fame of Buck Rogers that it became the basis for one of the most fondly remembered science fiction spoofs in a series of Daffy Duck cartoons. The first of these was Duck Dodgers in the 24-1/2th Century, which was directed by Chuck Jones in 1953. There were also two sequels to this cartoon, and ultimately a Duck Dodgers television series. Daffy, as Duck Dodgers, faces off against Marvin the Martian in the 1953 short Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, a parody of Buck Rogers. ... Daffy Duck, Mars Exploration Rover Mission patch Duck Dodgers is the fictional star of a series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros. ... Chuck Jones in 1976 Charles Martin Chuck Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Bros. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Duck Dodgers is an American full-fledged animated television series based on the clasical cartoon shorts Duck Dodgers produced by Warner Bros. ...


Although not entirely satirical, a recent two-part South Park episode (Episode 1012 - Go God Go) and (Episode 1013 - Go God Go XII) of the animated series [11]pays homage to the Buck Rogers TV series (original airdate 11/1/06). This episode features Cartman entering a self-inflicted cryogenic state (to wait for the Nintendo Wii to be available in stores), only to be covered by an avalanche. He is thawed 500 years later, leading to the TV series theme song and opening montage spoof/homage. This is a two part episode. Part 2 aired the following week with Eric continuing in his quest to find a Nintendo Wii in the 25th century. The opening of the episode pays yet more homage to the Buck Rogers TV series with an almost identical spoof of the show's intro. Go God Go is episode 1012 (#151) of Comedy Centrals South Park. ... Go God Go XII is episode 1013 (#152) of Comedy Centrals South Park, which aired on November 8, 2006. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ...


References

  • Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, CA: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1.

External links

  • Buck-Rogers.com
  • SCIFI.COM | Buck Rogers In The 25th Century
  • "Buck Rogers" (1950) TV-Series
  • Wings Over Tomorrow: A collection of Phil Nowlan's original science fiction including the original Anthony "Buck" Rogers novellas
  • A list of Buck Rogers books
  • A database and cover gallery of Buck Rogers various comic book adaptations
  • Buck Rogers - Battle for the 25th Century boardgame
  • BuckRogers.org | Buck Rogers In The 25th Century TV Series
  • Buck Rogers In The 25th Century - Theatrical Release original opening (video)
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TV Series
Atom Squad | Buck Rogers | Captain Video and His Video Rangers | Captain Z-Ro | Flash Gordon

Rocky Jones, Space Ranger | Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers | Space Patrol | Tom Corbett, Space Cadet  Atom Squad was a live science-fictional 15-minute TV series broadcast by the NBC network, July 6, 1953 to January 22, 1954, Monday-Friday, 5:00 to 5:15 PM EST. The Atom Squad was a secret government agency which dealt with Cold War threats to US security involving... Buck Rogers is a fictional pulp character who first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers, the hero of two novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan published in the magazine Amazing Stories. ... The Video Ranger and Captain Video in space suits at the controls of the X-9 Captain Video and His Video Rangers was an American science fiction television series. ... Captain Z-Ro (pronounced Zero, not to be confused with the rapper of the same name) was a childrens television show that ran in one form or another from 1951 to 1955. ... Flash Gordon is a television show based on the characters of the Alex Raymond comic strip (of the same name), but featured its own storyline. ... Secretary Drake briefs Rocky on his next mission in Escape into Space Rocky Jones, Space Ranger was a syndicated science fiction television serial originally broadcast in 1954. ... Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers was a 30-minute, weekly CBS-TV network outer space adventure series, broadcast live Saturdays from April 18, 1953 to May 29, 1954. ... Space Patrol was a science fiction adventure, aimed at juvenile audiences of the early 1950s via television, radio, and comic books. ... Tom Corbett is the main character in a series of Tom Corbett — Space Cadet stories that were depicted in television, radio, books, comic books, comic strips, coloring books, punch-out books, and View-master reels in the 1950s. ...

Movie Serials
Buck Rogers: Buck Rogers
Flash Gordon: Flash Gordon | Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars | Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
Commando Cody: Radar Men from the Moon | Zombies of the Stratosphere | Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe
The Purple Monster Strikes | Brick Bradford | King of the Rocket Men | Flying Disc Man from Mars

Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere | The Lost Planet Buck Rogers (1939) is a Universal movie serial based on the Buck Rogers comic strip. ... Flash Gordon is a science fiction comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, first published on January 7, 1934. ... Flash Gordon is a 1936 film serial which tells the story of three people from Earth who travel to the planet Mongo to fight the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless. ... Flash Gordons Trip to Mars is a 1938 film serial of 15 episodes, based on the comic strip Flash Gordon. ... Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe is a 1940 twelve episode serial film about Flash Gordon. ... Commando Cody in RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON! Commando Cody was the hero in a 12-episode science-fiction serial made in 1952 by Republic Pictures entitled Radar Men from the Moon, and a followup 1953 set of 12 short-subjects (or 12 cliffhangerless serial chapters) collectively called the adventures... Radar Men from the Moon (Republic Studios, 1952) was the first Commando Cody serial, in 12 chapters, starring newcomer George Wallace (1917-2005) as Cody and Aline Towne as his sidekick Joan Gilbert, with serial veteran Roy Barcroft as the evil Retik, the Ruler of the Moon. ... Zombies of the Stratosphere (Republic Studios, 1952) was intended as the second serial featuring new hero Commando Cody and the third 12-chapter serial featuring the rocket-powered flying suit introduced in King of the Rocketmen (1949). ... The Purple Monster Strikes (1945) is a Republic Movie serial. ... Brick Bradford (1947) is a Columbia movie serial based on the comic strip Brick Bradford. ... King of the Rocket Men is a 1949 Republic Movie serial, in 12 chapters, important for introducing the Rocketman Character who reappeared under a variety of names in later serials Radar Men from the Moon, Zombies of the Stratosphere and the semi-serial Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe. ... Flying Disc Man from Mars (1950) is a Republic Movie serial. ... The Lost Planet is a 1953 Columbia Pictures 15-chapter serial which has the distinction of being the last interplanetary-themed sound serial ever made. ...

Radio Serials
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century | The Amazing Interplanetary Adventures of Flash Gordon

The Further Interplanetary Adventures of Flash Gordon | Space Patrol | Tom Corbett, Space Cadet  Buck Rogers is a fictional pulp character who first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers, the hero of two novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan published in the magazine Amazing Stories. ... Flash Gordon is a science fiction comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, first published on January 7, 1934. ... Flash Gordon is a science fiction comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, first published on January 7, 1934. ... Space Patrol was a science fiction adventure, aimed at juvenile audiences of the early 1950s via television, radio, and comic books. ... Tom Corbett is the main character in a series of Tom Corbett — Space Cadet stories that were depicted in television, radio, books, comic books, comic strips, coloring books, punch-out books, and View-master reels in the 1950s. ...

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