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Hello and welcome to The Buck Rogers Fansite a fansite which is dedicated to all the incarnations of the world's first space hero from 1928 to present day.


The Last Update 19th December '14

Well folks, just to say that this fansite will no longer be updated but I'll keep it online so you can still read the all the information etc. (There's two ways in which to get here www.buck-rogers.info and http://buckrogersinfo.tripod.co.uk)

I want to say a big thank you for your support throughout the years — it's been very much appreciated. I can't believe that I've been a webmaster (I say that loosely) for nearly 15 years starting with The Gil Gerard/Buck Rogers Site, which went online in February 2000. It's been quite an adventure and I've enjoyed sharing it with you.

So for the final time I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Rebecca
Webmaster


News: Little Buck and His Mini Mates 23rd August '14

Diamond Select Toys are to release a Minimates box set based on season one of the Buck Rogers TV show. The box set is of four 2 inch figures of Buck, Wilma, Princess Ardala and Tigerman — plus a bonus 1 inch figure of Twiki. The box set is available to pre-order (to be released in March 2015) and priced at $19.99.

Thanks to the Tenuto family for the heads up!


News: Buck Rogers Licensed Poster Series Part 2 15th August '14

Poster by James WhitePress Release from Grey Matter Art:
"We would like to announce that Grey Matter Art has teamed up with artist James White (Signalnoise) for part two of our Buck Rogers® series. James' poster will go on sale Tuesday, August 19th at 1PM EST. in our shop page".

Artist: James White
Size: 18x24/8 Color Screen Print
Edition: 79/$40.00
Printed By: Seizure Palace

Grey Matter Art are also doing a deal with the James White poster; if you purchase the poster, you can get a regular edition Dave Perillo Buck Rogers poster together for $60.00 or a variant for $65.00. See 9th June news for information on the two Dave Perillo posters.


News: A Visual History of Sci-fi 10th August '14

Futues PastFrom sfhistory.net home page: "Welcome to one of the largest and most ambitious projects ever attempted in the field of science fiction. In the pages of Futures Past we will be covering, in detail, the birth and development of modern science fiction over its first 50 years — from 1926 to 1975.  Designed in a yearbook format, each issue of Futures Past will cover all the works, people, organizations and events in detailed chronological order." 

Ambitious indeed! Check out www.sfhistory.net to download a free sample of the premiere issue entitled Futures Past:1926 (A full copy of the issue is available to download from the shop for $6). There is detailed information of science fiction books, films and plays of 1926, and of course there is information about Amazing Stories the first Science fiction magazine founded by Hugo Gernsback — the magazine that Buck Rogers first appeared in back in 1928. Futures Past will of course cover the early days of Buck Rogers.


News: Season Two Soundtrack 8th August '14

Soundtrack CoverThe soundtrack from Season Two of the Buck Rogers TV series will be released on 11th August by Intrada (store.intrada.com). It's a 4-CD set which features music by Stu Phillips, Bruce Broughton, John Cacavas and Herbert Don Woods.

Thanks to Scott Kilbourne for the heads up.

The soundtrack from Season One was released in October 2013.

This soundtrack and also the soundtrack for Season One can also be found at www.screenarchives.com


Suits you, Sir! 6th August '14

For this update I've added photos of the two Buck Rogers jumpsuits that I own. One black and one brown, they were worn by Gil Gerard during the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV series (1979-81).

Jumpsuits

Sadly I don't know which episodes he wore them in, as I believe that there were more than just one black and one brown jumpsuit. I've had them for over 10 years and thought it's about time I 'shared' them. I did the best I could with the photos; I haven't got a mannequin — and no folks, I wasn't going to model them because well, that would be weird on many levels LOL


News: New Buck Rogers Licensed Poster 9th June '14

Poster production company Grey Matter Art have produced a new limited edition screen printed poster by artist Dave Perillo. (It will be a two piece series with the poster by Dave Perillo being released first). See below for more information regarding the poster.

Regular poster by Dave Perillo variant poster by Dave Perillo
Regular Edition Variant Edition

Artist: Dave Perillo
Regular Edition: 130/$40.00
Variant Edition: 60/$45.00
Paper Type: Regular/Cougar Natural. Variant/Bright White

Posters can be sold worldwide. On sale from Tuesday 17th June (at 1:00pm EST) at Grey Matter Art's Poster Shop. Thanks to Mike Gregory of Grey Matter Art for the info' and pictures.


News: New Role for Felix 7th June '14

Felix Silla (who played Twiki in the 1979-81 Buck Rogers) is set to star in a live action comedy entitled Death to Cupid. It's Felix's first new role since 1996.

"Death to Cupid is an original, live-action comedy of one man’s hunt for that chubby little cherub. Set against the backdrop of Los Angeles, this dark tale of romantic blunders is a unique look at a life’s journey through love and relationships, with a little help from Kris Kringle."

Help make it happen via Kickstarter and or visit the website deathtocupidmovie.com


How the War Witch Took Flight Part II 1st June '14

Buck and ZarinaBack in March I added a vintage Starlog article from August 1980 in regard to the making of The Flight of the War Witch, the final episode of season one — that article dealt with the production side of things.

For this update I'm turning back the clock once again with an article from Starlog #38 dated September 1980. It's part two of the 'Behind the Scenes of Buck Rogers' feature and this time it's all about the shooting of The Flight of the War Witch


News: Scale Replica Twiki 10th May '14

Thanks to Sean Tyler of Resident Dreamer Studios for the following press release and photos of the replica Twiki (pdf file).

Press Release:

Resident Dreamer Studios
Re: Twiki: 21st Century Edition, 1:1 Replica Preorder

He’s BIDDI-BIDDI-BIDDI BACK, and as BIG as ever!

Nearly 35 years in the making, Twiki, the beloved sidekick of Captain Buck Rogers, has finally been brought to life for collectors everywhere.  Never before has such a licensed replica of Twiki been offered.

This remarkable replica was handcrafted piece by piece by artisans referencing photos and measurements taken first hand from one of the few remaining screen worn costumes.

  • 1:1 Scale Replica, Standing 48” Tall
  • Hand Cast Urethane Resin, Weighing 45lbs
  • Laser Engraved, Numbered Base Plate
  • Stainless Steel Trim Pieces
  • Limited Edition
  • Fully Licensed
  • 100% Handcrafted in the USA
  • Shipping in June 2014
  • Ships FedEx

Check out TWIKI21.COM and follow us on Social Media to learn how we came to “Reboot Twiki”, and to place your PreOrder now!

Facebook: facebook.com/twiki21
Twitter: twitter.com/residentdreamer


News 1st May '14

The Poll is now closed for "Who would YOU like to see as the new Buck Rogers?" (Poll started 13th June 2013). The most popular choice was Nathan Fillion.

Results:
Garrett Hedlund 3%
Taylor Kitsch 2%
Ryan Reynolds 11%
Channing Tatum 8%
Bradley Cooper 14%
Sam Worthington 13%
Nathan Fillion 32%
Other 16%

Free Comic Book Day is on Saturday 3rd May. Amongst the titles available is a Buck Rogers re-print of a Sunday story entitled Prophet of the Fire Demon (original date of the story: 5th March to 21st May 1933). See 3rd January '14 news.

The buckrogersfans Yahoo! Group is now closed. Thank you to owner/moderator Raol (LuckyBuck) for all he has done, including his support, over the years.

Oh and just to say folks that I'm not an expert in the value of Buck Rogers collectables, so I'm unable to tell you how much an item is worth.


How the War Witch Took Flight 6th March '14

More nostalgia. Turning back the clock to August 1980 with an article from Starlog #37 regarding the season one episode The Flight of the War Witch (last episode of the season). In Starlog's part one of looking "Behind the Scenes on Buck Rogers", it's all about the production — the concept meeting which was held to discuss, amongst other things, the special effects on The Flight of the War Witch (no use of CGI back then folks). It's a race against time to prepare a feature length episode in just six weeks.


Poster Designs 9th January '14

Thanks to Simon Egan for his poster designs, which are based on the "Who would You like to see as the new Buck Rogers"? Poll. The posters are of how each of the actors suggested in the Poll might look in his version of Buck Rogers. In Simon's version of the story the evil force trying to conquer Earth is Tigerman, and Wilma and Twiki are one character — a cyborg/android half human robot female. Simon's choice of actor for 'other' is Josh Duhamel.

Garrett Hedlund Taylor Kitsch Ryan Reynolds Channing Tatum
Garrett Hedlund Taylor Kitsch Ryan Reynolds Channing Tatum
Bradley Cooper Sam Worthington Nathan Fillion Josh Duhamel
Bradley Cooper Sam Worthington Nathan Fillion Josh Duhamel
(other)

News: Buck Rogers Comic #4 7th January '14

Buck Rogers #4 coverIssue #4 of the four part Buck Rogers comic series by Howard Chaykin is released tomorrow (8th January).

forbidden-planet.co.uk

Also added a bit of info to the Hermes Press Page in regard to the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Murphy Anderson Dailies hardcover collection, which is to be released in May and the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Murphy Anderson Sundays hardcover collection, which is 'coming soon'.


News: Free Comic Book Day 2014 3rd January '14

FCBD 2014 Issue CoverHappy New Year folks!

Right then, the first update to the fansite for 2014 is actually a bit of news; like last year Hermes Press are releasing a Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Free Comic Book Day Special. It's a re-print of one complete Sunday story entitled Prophet of the Fire Demon (original date of the story: 5th March to 21st May 1933), and like last years FCBD issue it has been digitally reconstructed.

Free Comic Book Day is on 3rd May 2014.


'Tis The Season to be Jolly! 19th December '13

Just to say thank you for taking the time to visit the fansite, it's very much appreciated — hope you'll drop by again in 2014! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


News: Buck Rogers Comic #3 27th November '13

Buck Rogers #3 coverIssue #3 of the four part Buck Rogers comic series by Howard Chaykin is released today.

forbidden-planet.co.uk
westfieldcomics.com

 


News: Season One Soundtrack 15th October '13

Soundtrack CoverThe soundtrack from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Season One (1979-80) has been released on CD by Intrada (store.intrada.com) It's a 3-CD set which features music by Glen A. Larson, Johnny Harris, Stu Phillips, Les Baxter and Richard La Salle.

(I found out about the release via the buckrogersfans Yahoo! Group. Thanks to Scott Kilbourne for sharing the info').

The soundtrack can also be found at www.screenarchives.com


TV Series Press Photo 14th October '13

Gil Gerard and Frank Gorshin press photoAdded another press photo to the fansite from my collection. It's a season one photo from the episode entitled The Plot to Kill a City (which had the working title of Death Squad 2500). The two-part episode originally aired on 11th and 18th October 1979.

Pictured with Gil Gerard is Frank Gorshin who played Kellogg the leader of the Legion of Death who planned to obliterate New Chicago.


News: Buck Rogers Comic #2 10th September '13

Buck Rogers issue 2Issue #2 of the four part Buck Rogers comic series — with art and stories by Howard Chaykin — will be released on 25th September.

Update 5th October: Release dates are subject to change and well, it did. The release date is now 9th October. forbidden-planet.co.uk


Hermes Press Page 17th August 2013

I've added a Hermes Press page to the Fansite; it has information on the Buck Rogers reprints and issue #1 of the four part Buck Rogers comic book series from Howard Chaykin.


News: Newspaper Dailies Volume 8 16th August '13
Newspaper Dailies Volume 8

The Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Complete Newspaper Dailies: Volume Eight is available September 2013 (but please check stores in case of a change). Included in this volume are comic strips from 1940 to 1941. The three complete adventures featured are: Forgotten Earth Colony, Thrown Back 500 Years and Goddess of Stygia.

amazon.co.uk
amazon.com
amazon.ca

News: Michael Ansara (1922-2013) 3rd August '13

Actor Michael Ansara passed away at his home in Calabasas, California on 31st July aged 91. Michael appeared in many films and TV shows during his long career, but will be best known to Star Trek fans as Klingon Commander Kang and to Buck Rogers fans as Killer Kane in the first season of the TV series.


News: Gray Morrow Years Volume 1 8th July '13
Gray Morrow Years Volume 1

Another Buck Rogers hardcover collection from Hermes Press to look forward to — Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Gray Morrow Years Volume 1 (1979-1981). The release date is the 10th September 2013.

The New York Times Syndicate decided to revive the classic Buck Rogers newspaper feature and to give it a contemporary sci-fi treatment. It was unrelated to the Television show that was on air at the time. The artwork is by Gray Morrow and the scripts by Jim Lawrence.

amazon.com
amazon.co.uk


News: Buck Rogers #1 Preview 5th June '13

Preview page 2Check out westfieldcomics.com for a preview of the upcoming comic series from Hermes Press; stories and art by Howard Chaykin.

To the right is one of the preview pages; Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #1, Preview Page 2. More can be seen at westfieldcomics.com


Vintage Autograph 19th May 2013
Dick Calkins Autograph

Many thanks to Jeanette Lasky for allowing me to share the above autographed sketch by Dick Calkins. Dick Calkins was the artist for the Buck Rogers comic strip from January, 1929 to November, 1947. It's one of many autographs in a bound autograph book, which were collected by Jeanette's sister-in-law's uncle — Jeanette's sister-in-law, Judy Lasky, inherited the autograph book.

 

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