Friday, April 26, 2013

Journey #67 - Space Patrol: The Lady From Venus, plus Buck Rogers

Commander Buzz Corry faces the lady from Venus and Buck Rogers and Friens run up againt Killer Kane.

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The success of the Space Patrol TV show on ABC spawned an almost instant radio version, which ran from 4 October 1952 to 19 March 1955 producing approximately 129 episodes. The same cast of actors performed on both shows.

Buck Rogers is a fictional character who first appeared in Armageddon 2419 A.D. by Philip Francis Nowlan in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories as Anthony Rogers. It was later adapted the story into a the first ever science fiction comic strip. Philip Nowlan, with the help of editorial cartoonist Dick Calkins as the illustrator, and the syndicate John F. Dille Company, adapted the first episode from Armageddon 2419, A.D. and changed the hero's name from Anthony Rogers to Buck Rogers. The strip made its first newspaper appearance on January 7, 1929.

In 1932, the Buck Rogers radio program, making history again as the first science fiction program on radio, hit the airwaves. It was broadcast in four separate runs with varying schedules. Actors Matt Crowley, Curtis Arnall, Carl Frank and John Larkin all voiced him at various times. The beautiful and strong-willed Wilma Deering was portrayed by Adele Ronson, and the brilliant scientist-inventor Dr. Huer was played by Edgar Stehli.

Buck Rogers was also featured in a television series from 1979 - 1981, starring Gil Gerrard as Buck Rogers, and Erin Grey as Wilma Deering.

Theme music: Liberator by Man In Space

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