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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

The first issue of Amazing Stories to feature Buck Rogers

The Amazing Story of
the Original Sci-fi Hero

In August of 1928, a novella entitled Armageddon 2419 A.D by Philip Francis Nowlan, first appeared within the pages of the science fiction pulp magazine Amazing Stories.

Nolan's seminal space age hero, originally known as Anthony Rogers, proved popular enough to return six months later in March 1929, in a sequel entitled The Airlords of Han.

The first name of the forerunner of all modern scifi heros was later changed when the John F. Dille Company acquired the rights to Nowlan's amazing stories and began adapting
 them into a newspaper comic strip entitled, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D.

Buck Rogers on TV and at the Movies

On March 30, 1979, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, a then updated version of "the original" scifi hero who first appeared in the pages of Amazing Stories magazine in 1928, was released as a major motion picture.  The film starred Gil Gerard (as Buck), Erin Gray (Wilma Deering), Tim O'Connor (Dr. Huer), Pamela Hensley (Princess Ardala), Henry Silva (Kane) and Felix Silla and Mel Blanc (collectively portraying Buck's new robot sidekick, Twiki) and was successful enough at the box office to convince the NBC Network to greenlight a weekly series..

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - 1979 Theatrical Poster

This version of the classic hero told the story of Captain William Anthony "Buck" Rogers, a US Airforce pilot and NASA astronaut, who, "in a freak mishap," becomes frozen in time aboard his one man star ship called Ranger 3, a vessel that strongly resembled America's late 20th century line of space shuttle orbiters.

According to the show's second season opening title sequence, it was the year 1987, when our intrepid hero "was to experience cosmic forces beyond all comprehension. In a freak mishap, his life support systems were frozen by temperatures beyond imagination. Ranger 3 was blown out of its planned trajectory into an orbit one thousand times more vast, an orbit which was to return Buck Rogers to Earth 500 years later."

Buck Rogers Toys and Action Figures from Mego!

Pictures of most of Mego's vintage line of 1:6 and 1:18 scale Buck Rogers toys (based on the Glen A. Larson movie and TV series) can be found at Action Figure Archive.

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