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Philip Francis Nowlan (1888 - 1940) was an American science fiction author, best known as the creator of Buck Rogers.  The character Buck Rogers first appeared in Nowlan's 1928 novella Armageddon 2419 A.D. (see below) as Anthony Rogers, in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories as Anthony Rogers. A sequel, The Airlords of Han, was published in the March 1929 issue.

He created and wrote the Buck Rogers comic strip, illustrated by Dick Calkins. Nowlan remained a writer on the strip until 1939. The comic strip ran for over forty years and spun off a radio series, a 1939 movie serial, and two television series.  Nowlan also wrote several other novellas for the science fiction magazines as well as the posthumously published mystery, The Girl from Nowhere.

1.  Armageddon 2419 A.D. - The First Anthony (Buck) Rogers Story.  
"Elsewhere I have set down, for whatever interest they have in this, the 25th Century, my personal recollections of the 20th Century. Now it occurs to me that my memoirs of the 25th Century may have an equal interest 500 years from now—particularly in view of that unique perspective from which I have seen the 25th Century, entering it as I did, in one leap across a gap of 492 years.
I should state therefore, that I, Anthony Rogers, am, so far as I know, the only man alive whose normal span of eighty-one years of life has been spread over a period of 573 years. To be precise, I lived the first twenty-nine years of my life between 1898 and 1927; the other fifty-two since 2419. The gap between these two, a period of nearly five hundred years, I spent in a state of suspended animation, free from the ravages of katabolic processes, and without any apparent effect on my physical or mental faculties."


2.  Airlords of Han  -  Airlords of Han is the 2nd Buck Rogers story, the sequel to Armageddon 2419 A.D.. Anthony Rogers takes the fight to free 25th Century America to the Han overlords. From the March, 1929 issue of Amazing Stories. 
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