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AMAZING STORIES (Pulp) Pulp
August, 1928; 1st ever appearance of Buck Rogers in any format ("Armageddon 2419" - Philip Francis Nowlan); "Skylark of Space" - 1st published story by E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1/3, Paul cvr is the Skylark of Space, not Buck Rogers)
ow/crm pgs; sharp complete spine w/ minor stress at top and bottom; includes all coupons! (including the often clipped one on pg 466); beautiful copy of this historic treasure
Cuthbert Collection
A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
VF: 8.0
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SOLD ON:  Wednesday, 02/09/2022 6:37 PM
$24,150
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PUBLISHER: Experimenter/Ziff-Davis
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August, 1928; 1st ever appearance of Buck Rogers in any format ("Armageddon 2419" - Philip Francis Nowlan); "Skylark of Space" - 1st published story by E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1/3, Paul cvr is the Skylark of Space, not Buck Rogers)
ow/crm pgs; sharp complete spine w/ minor stress at top and bottom; includes all coupons! (including the often clipped one on pg 466); beautiful copy of this historic treasure
Cuthbert Collection
A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
This early bedsheet issue of Amazing Stories from August 1928 introduced the world to the long-running fan-favorite sci-fi character Buck Rogers. The space opera hero would go on to star in countless other mediums including radio dramas, comic strips, serials, TV shows, movies, books, and more, still appearing in new content up to the modern day. A decade before Batman and Superman, Buck Rogers showcased the immense impact heroes could have on popular culture. Despite appearing in only two pulps, Buck Rogers is one of the characters people think of first when they ponder on the medium. The character is even credited with popularizing the idea of space exploration, a major turning point in the history of science-fiction.

Philip Francis Nowlan first introduced his everlasting creation in the story “Armageddon 2149” in this issue. This book also boasts an iconic Frank Paul cover, depicting Doc Smith's Skylark of Space, not Buck Rogers, as viewers often surmise. Despite being nearly 95 years old, this book continues to influence pop culture to this day. Recently, award-winning comic-book writer Brian K. Vaughan signed on to write an upcoming Buck Rogers TV series, with rumors of George Clooney assuming the lead role. A book this rare and of this vintage can only become more valuable over time, especially if a new generation falls in love with Buck Rogers all over again.

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This copy of the August 1928 'Buck Rogers' Amazing Stories is in absolutely stunning condition. Graded VF 8.0, a very rare grade for a pulp, this copy truly shines. The front cover's red and yellow appears so sharp and clean, with the central image of the Skylark of Space flying off of the book. The back cover and spine are pristine as well, with only very minor stress at the top and bottom of the spine. This copy includes beautiful off-white to cream pages, appearing just as crisp as the covers. This book includes many pages of coupons and promotions intended to be mailed out. This copy includes all of them, a very rare achievement.
Coming from the Chester Cuthbert collection, this is no surprise. The vast majority of his sci-fi pulps were kept in astounding condition, looking new or even better than these pulps originally looked on the newsstand. The pulp market is constantly garnering more and more attention, and this is one of the most iconic and most desirable pulps of all time, in absolutely beautiful shape. It is incredibly rare to see a pulp in this shape, let alone such a major key. This book will likely sell for a record price in this auction, but I marvel to think of what it will be worth in years to come.