Anthony "Buck" Rogers, a former Air Force service pilot, working as a mining surveryor, is trapped in a cave-in. Over come by a strange radioactive gas that places him in suspended animation, he wakes up 500 years later! Joined by Wilma Deering, her brother Buddy, and the brilliant Dr. Huer, the battle the evil Mongol hords, led by Killer Kane and the malevolently beautiful Ardala, who are out to enslave the world in the year 2419 A.D.
Many comics aficionados consider the adventure strips of the 1930s to constitute a Golden Age. And most who feel that way consider that Golden Age to have started with the simultaneous debut of Tarzan of the Apes and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D., on Jan. 7, 1929.
The adventures of Buck Rogers, whether in comic book form, movies, radio or television, became an important part of American Pop Culture. This pop phenomenon paralleled the development of space technology in the Twentieth Century and introduced Americans to space as a familiar environment for swash-buckling adventure. It may have been Robert Goddard who invented rocket science, but it was Buck Rogers who first popularized space exploration.
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