START TIME: Monday, 08/29/2022 12:00 PM
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)
crm/tan pgs; split at bottom of spine
A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTIONThis 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.