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I grew up in the 1970s so I m familiar with all the science fiction shows that aired especially after the popularity of Star Wars Buck Rogers was one of those shows It was conceived of by Glen Larson who created the iconic Battlestar Galactica tv show After that show was cancelled along came Buck Rogers which used a lot of the props and sets from Galactica I even remember watching the pilot at the moviesThis volume collects the issues that were from the movie tie in and a few additional entries The art is pretty standard for Gold Key and Whitman comics of the time Good but not great The art references the actors and creatures in the show and does a fairly good job of portraying them Of interest to me was Buck Rogers 1 which is featured in this volume after the tv show tie ins It s from 15 years earlier but the artwork by Ray Bailey is indicative of an earlier era and seems to suit the character better Little green men swarm the pages and Buck at one point perhaps in warning of what we might ave found on the moon in a few short yearsThe book finishes with a collection of memorabilia from the show and earlier I was never a big fan of the show It seemed to lack the nostalgia of it s origins I wanted rocket packs and strange ray guns For fans of the show this is a well presented collection and may find a appreciative audience among those particular fans Products like this Queens Gambit (The Tudor Trilogy, have a very niche audienceA large number of you will recognize Buck Rogers He along with Flash Gordon symbolize pulp sci fi Many of you will also remember the late 70s tv adaptation with Gil Gerard as Rogers and perhaps importantly to the average male teenager at the time Erin Gray as Wilma DeeringThisardcover compilation contains the comic book adaptations from the initial movie and then subseuent tv series And given the standards of the time this is decent stuff Not exceptional not special But decentI remember the movie pretty well I ve actually seen it several times It was campy even in the early 80s when I watched it The four part comic book adaptation is exceptionally faithful and exposes that campness even 30 years later The whole Buck Rogers concept is dated in many ways but this version is dated in it s own special wayThe artwork actually as very credible likenesses for everyone except Wilma Deering I m not uite sure why that is Clearly the source material was studied carefully as all the costumes and ships are very faithful to the tv show All round this is a very competent and professional job But. The television tie in comic books to the cult sci fi classic Buck Rogers in the 25th Century starring Gil Gerrard Erin Gray and Twiki return in a complete collection Relive these classic adventure tales with Buck Wilma Dr Huer and Princess Ardala Fans of the TV show wil.
Lyptic element far so than I remember as a kid but that very well be because I was focused on the robots the spaceships and the womenFollowing that we get a standalone issue that takes Buck to one of Saturn s moons the one with an atmosphere comparable to Earth somehow I think my science classes overlooked that There e encounters a beautiful big The Camping Cookbook headed alien woman and negotiates a deal to obtain grain for Earth It s actually an interesting issue because it tackles justow easily life in Earth s only remaining domed city can fall apartAfter that we get part 1 and 2 of a story that puts Wilma on trial with none other than Dr Theopolis as the prosecutor for aiding and abetting Absalom, Absalom! her brother who was previously banished as a traitor It s a great story one that nicely resolves the uestion of whatappened to Princess Ardala and one that gives us our first real int of romance between Buck and Wilma Unfortunately and ere is my only real complaint the collection doesn t include the part 3 so we re left Black Stone hanging with multiple lives in the balanceInstead of giving us part 3 of that story the collection ends with a copy of the first Buck Rogers comic dating back to 1964 While it s a bit off putting for fans of the television series it s an interesting look at where the character came from complete with very 1950 s sort of costumes plasticelmets and big eyed little green men It s almost impossible to compare the two interpretations but it s clear they share the same source materialThat peek back at the origins combined with the memorabilia featured at the back of the book is what makes this collection than just a On Liberty hardcover reprint of some average 70s science fiction comic books It really ties everything together nicely reminding us in vivid color of the television series we fell in love with but also reminding us that it was just the latest in a long line of interpretations Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins I guess I was under the mistaken impression that this was going to be some of the Buck Rogers comics NOT based on the television series which Iave never been into I was interested in seeing something beyond that and that s not what I was given Much to my disappointment this wasn t what I expected I wasn t really a fan of the artwork in these either Won t be reading it again and will be screening synopses carefullyI received an Advanced Reading E book Copy from the publisher via NetGalley No money or favors were exchanged for this review This book was published on July 9th 201. N this volume Buck Rogers in the 25th Century The Western Publishing Years reprints issues #1 through #8 of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century the movietv tie in comic books and the 1964 stand alone Gold Key issue featuring artwork by Frank Bolle Al McWilliams and Ray Bail.
It doesn t rise above its origins at any pointFar interesting to me at least was the inclusion of the Buck Rogers 1 issue which was published many years before the tv show and actually features little green aliens It s very much a product of it s time the 50s and as such was fascinating Also really nice was the memorabilia section at the back which showcased memorabilia from all decades and versions of Buck Rogers I love that sort of materialIn terms of uality they ve done what they can No Way Down here to present these strips in the best condition possible The artwork and particular the coloring are of their time and theyaven t been re worked this is very much an archive editionSo I m giving this three stars but with the understanding that if you re in the target market this is probably a 4 star book and if you re not 2 stars at best Back when I was a kid Buck Rogers was probably the second coolest thing on television the first being of course Battlestar Galactica I mean Buck was a way cooler Pulled Thread Embroidery hero but Galacticaad the cooler robots the better ships and supremely important to a kid awesome toys just like Star Wars In fact I can still remember the neighborhood gift exchange where 3 of us boys got Cylon Raiders and the other one got clothes That was probably the first time I English Humour for Beginners heard a kid my age swear out loud in front of our parentsAnyway the point of all this reminiscing is that I recently got myands on a copy of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century The Western Publishing Years Volume 1 From the cover of the first issue to the cast photos and memorabilia at the back this is a collection that s just chock full of memoriesThe first thing that struck me about these comics is just Absolutely on Music how recognizable everything is The artwork is pretty standard late 70s kind of stuff but so were the Batman and Spider Man comics I remember reading at the time This ships looked exactly like I remember and I was able to identify most of the characters without even reading their dialogue The only real exceptions are Wilma Deering and Princess Ardala neither of whom looks at all like the galactic beauties Iad such a crush onThe collection opens with the 3 issue adaptation of the original Buck Rogers movie and does a decent job of conveying the basics While I found it lacked the charm and the sarcasm I remember so well from Gil Gerard it did capture the coldness of Wilma from early in the series as well as the guiding wisdom of Dr Theopolis absent the comic chirping of Twiki It definitely leans The Ransom of Mercy Carter hard on the post apoca. L finally be able to re read these adventures in a deluxeardcover collection with tons of extras including rare publicity photos blue prints for the show's models and effects movie posters and much As a bonus Gold Key issue #1 published in 1964 will also be included