Newsreaders in the 1930s had never seen anything quite like it, as a World War I veteran was placed in suspended animation and revived 500 years later.
That was the premise behind Buck Rogers, a character who originated in pulp fiction and was later expanded into a comic strip, a serial film and a 1979-81 TV series.
Back in the '30s, the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century comics gave readers a striking vision of the future. And now, 80 years later, collectors have a chance to preserve the legacy of a sci-fi cult icon.
Lorraine Dille of Chicago is the granddaughter of one of the Buck Rogers creators, and will launch her collection of memorabilia into the 21st century at Susanin's Auctions, tomorrow (August 28).
Highlights in the sale include the comic's number three strip from the "Meeting the Mongols" series, in which Buck meets his love interest Wilma Deering.
Featuring original comic art by Dick Calkins and measuring 6 1/2 inches by 25 1/4 inches, the strip is expected to sell for $18,000-$22,000.
Other lots for sale will include a "Repeller Ray Ring" with its green stone still in the middle, an Atomic Pistol and a Buck Rogers "Par-T-Mask" from 1933.
The collection will offer 400 pieces that its seller describes as "Classic Buck", comprising memorabilia from the character's 1930s-50s era.
Online bidding is also available, giving collectors, investors and sci-fi fans around the world an opportunity to get involved.
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