Buck Rogers

Buck Rogers first appeared in the novella "Armageddon 2419 AD" by Philip Francis Nowlan, which was published in the August 1928 issue of the magazine Amazing Stories. Its sequel, "The Airlords of Han" was published in the May 1929 issue. These two novellas were combined to publish the paperback novel "Armageddon 2419 AD" in the 1960s.

The John F. Dille Company (later known as National Newspaper Syndicate) contacted Nowlan right away in order to start a comic strip in the newspapers based on "Armageddon", and enlisting the illustrator Dick Calkins the development began. The first strip of the "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century AD" line was published in January 7, 1929. It proved to be a lasting success, spawning spin-offs in various media, and also "inspiring" other comic strips as well, most notably "Flash Gordon" in 1934.

The first "Buck Rogers" radio drama, which aired in 1932, was the first science fiction themed radio program in the US. In 1933, Nowlan and Calkins co-wrote the novella "Buck Rogers in the 25th century", re-imagining the origins of the character. This was the basis for most of the later versions. The first short film was shot in 1934, and the serial was released in 1939, in the wake of the cinematic success of "Flash Gordon".

The comic strip continued on until July 8, 1967, when the final installment of the original series was published. It was revived in 1979 (probably thanks to the success of the television series) by Gray Morrow and Jim Lawrence, and was renamed in 1980 as "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century". It didn't survive long the cancellation of the TV-series in 1981, though; in 1983 the comic strip ended, and has not returned since.
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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1934 Short Film)
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A signal from Buddy Deering on Mars warns Earth that the Tiger Men of Mars and their cruel king have broken their treaty and are attacking... (10 mins.)
“ A low-standard ten-minute short that was shot for the 1933-1934 World's Fair in Chicago. Its subtitle is "An Interplanetary Battle with the Tiger Men of Mars". Reportedly there is another short from 1936 made for department stores to promote Buck Rogers merchandise, but I couldn't find it yet here on IMDB. ” - Erlinion
 
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Buck Rogers (1939)
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A pilot and his young passenger crash-land on a mountaintop and are put into suspended animation by a strange gas... (237 mins.)
“ The movie serial. The actor that plays Rogers, Buster Crabbe, is the same that plays rival comic strip character Flash Gordon in the eponymous movie serials released in 1936, 1938 and 1940. Got re-edited into feature films three times; in 1953 (as "Planet Outlaws"), in 1966 (as "Destination Saturn") and in 1977 (as "Buck Rogers"). ” - Erlinion
 
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Buck Rogers (1950 TV Series)
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A twentieth century football player is swept to the twenty-fifth century and joins the battle against the local despot. (30 mins.)
Director: Babette Henry
“ Fifties television revival; made live-action, no known copies exist. ” - Erlinion
 
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Planet Outlaws (1953)
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An American soldier suspended in time wakes up to find himself in the futuristic world of the year 2500. (71 mins.)
“ Re-edited feature from the 1939 serial "Buck Rogers". ” - Erlinion
 
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Destination Saturn (1966 TV Movie)
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A re-edited version of the the 1939 serial Buck Rogers, released to television in the 1960's as a feature film and now floating around the underground on videotape.
“ Re-edited feature from the 1939 serial "Buck Rogers". ” - Erlinion
 
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Buck Rogers (1977)
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Edited version of the 1939 Universal serial "Buck Rogers." (90 mins.)
“ Re-edited feature from the 1939 serial "Buck Rogers". ” - Erlinion
 
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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
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A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time where Earth is threatened by alien invaders. (89 mins.)
Director: Daniel Haller
“ Pilot to the seventies series; got released in cinemas also. ” - Erlinion
 
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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979 TV Series)
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A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero. (60 mins.)
“ Seventies television revival. ” - Erlinion
 
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Buck Rogers (????)
The story of Buck Rogers, an astronaut from 20th century, who awakens after remaining dormant for 500 years and attempts to save the earth from an evil ruler.
“ A proposed remake. ” - Erlinion