Anthony Rogers was a fictional character that first appeared in "Armageddon 2419 A.D." by Philip Francis Nowlan in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories. A sequel called "The Airlords of Han" was published in the March 1929 issue.
The character was renamed Buck Rogers as a comic strip, making its first newspaper appearance January 7, 1929. Rogers also appeared in a serial film, a television series (where his first name was changed from Anthony to William) as well and other formats.
Nowlan, Creator and Author and John F. Dille Co., a syndicate, later known as the National Newspaper Syndicate contracted to make the comic strip. Nowlan and Dille enlisted editorial cartoonist Dick Calkins to illustrate. Nowlan took the first episode from "Armageddon 2419, A.D." and changed the hero's name from Anthony Rogers to Buck Rogers.
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.
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