Buck Rogers was a fictional science fiction character who first appeared as Anthony Rogers in "Armageddon 2419 A.D." by Philip Francis Nowlan in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories. A sequel called "The Air Lords of Han" was published in the March 1929 issue. The character was renamed Buck Rogers as a comic strip, making its first newspaper appearance in 1929. Rogers also appeared in a movie serial film, a television series (where his first name was changed from Anthony to William), a major movie and TV Series in 1979 - 1980 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.
Buck Rogers Movie Serial - 12 Chapters (1939) - Buster Crabbe [Each Chapter should appear on this link]
A 12-part Buck Rogers serial film was produced in 1939 by Universal Pictures Company.
Buck Rogers and his young friend Buddy Wade get caught in a blizzard and are forced to crash their dirigible in the Arctic wastes. In order to survive until they can be rescued, they inhale their supply of Nirvano gas which puts them in a state of suspended animation. When they are eventually rescued by scientists, they learn that 500 years have passed. It is now 2440. 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.
Serial was made into a 68 minute Movie-->Buck Rogers in Planet Outlaws (1953)