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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Newspaper Dailies, Vol. 1: 1929-1930 Hardcover – December 25, 2008
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I have been awaiting this new reprint series for a long time.
I've long been an SF fan, and growing up there were 2 major SF comic strips: Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. But while there have been several complete reprints of Raymond's Flash Gordon, there was only one partial reprint of Buck Rogers: the large hardback edition from Chelsea House. My aunt had a copy, and when I visited her house, I pulled it out and read it. I finally got my own copy, only to find it was a later edition that dropped a lot of the strips (tho added some newer stuff). Because several of the storylines were left unfinished in that book, I wanted a more complete reprint.
This volume begins the reprints of dailies and Sundays. BR had separate storylines in the dailies and sundays. Some strips did this, other later merged them together. So Hermes will be reprinting the Sundays in a separate series of volumes.
This edition starts off the reprint series, publishing the first 7 storylines. While most of this was reprinted in the Chelsea House edition, there is new stuff.
Most people know the basic story, but will be surprised in what really happens in the comic. Buck Rogers is a WWI veteran who falls asleep for 500 years, and awakes in the 25th Century. But in the intervening years, America (and most of the world) has been conquered by "Red Mongols", using futuristic flying ships. So Buck's first job is to help free America. By the end of the book, most of America (the eastern US and Canada) is free from Mongol control.
There are a lot of problems with this strip for modern audiences. Artwise, BR was fairly crude.Read more ›
The premise of the strip is that Buck Rogers is accidentally exposed to a gas that puts him in suspended animation until the year 2430. This origin story takes place in a single strip; soon he encounters the female lead for the strip, Wilma Deering. The two will eventually fall in love, though the road to romance is never smooth. (One problem with the strip is it never really exploits the man-out-of-time element after the first few weeks.)
The bumps in that proverbial road are the perils of the 25th Century, particularly those caused by the fractured political situation. The U.S. has been more-or-less conquered by the Mongols (this was written in the heyday of the "yellow peril"), and Wilma and Buck are part of the resistance. Overcoming these problems just leads to new ones, including threats from alien invaders.
There are risks in trying to review a strip like this: first of all, you have to take in consideration that this was written in another era, with its own narrative style. Also, it was meant to be read day-by-day, not quickly in book form. Nonetheless, I only think this is a good strip, not a great one. I do this by comparing it to other strips of the same era; compared to a serial strip like Gasoline Alley or Thimble Theater (Popeye), Buck Rogers comes up short, with story lines that seem to peter out and few truly interesting characters.Read more ›
Now, Hermes is working on reprinting all the Dailies and Sundays. As the Sundays had a totally different storyline (the first few years didn't even have Buck, but starred Wilma's kid brother), they will be collected in a separate set of books.
This volume reprints the first 5 storylines, and sets the groundwork for future storylines.
I hope that these sell well, because there are issues for modern readers.
Let's be honest. The artwork isn't as slick and polished as most would expect from comic strips. And the writting doesn't help. You have to wince and roll your eyes on some of the writing.
And there are other issues. Buck awakes in a world were America has been devistated and taken over by the "Red Monguls", who conquered the world with their superscience of repeller rays and destructor rays. This is typical early 20th century 'Yellow Peril' fears. Thankfully, Buck is able to help the Americans throw off the yoke of the Monguls and make peace with the Supreme Mogul.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's nice to have the Buck Rogers dailies finally being released; I only wish another publisher had done it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Davey
Buck Rogers shows that horrible malformations of adopted material aren't a new thing.
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It's 1929, the roaring twenties are heading out and the great Depression is coming. Into this world is introduced the fantastic character of Buck Rogers, a man who like Rip Van... Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
Not the Buck Rodgers of "Buck Rodgers 1980 TV". This is the original. The story and location and comic is interesting and unique. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Jed Palmer
I like Buck Rogers adventures. I just to read all the adventures on strips at newspapers since I started to know how to redPublished on May 15, 2013 by general1963
The book was in excellent shape. I gave it to a friend for a Christmas pre-
sent, and passed it off as new (even though it was advertised and priced as
used) because you... Read more
Many years ago, I received a copy of a previous reprint of the old Buck Rogers newspaper comics (Collected Works of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century). Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Buck Rogers is a legend. Created by Philip Francis Nowlan, he first appeared in 1928, in the pages of Amazing Stories. Read more
This is a very nice book, real quality product, but my complaint is all of the wasted space between strips. They have 2 strips per page and they should have had 3. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Tommy A. Land