Created by Philip Francis Nowlan for an August 1928 edition of Amazing Stories, Buck Rogers has had a life in multiple media over the years. He was brought to life on the big screen by Larry “Buster” Crabbe in 1939, and was the focus of two TV series, one beginning in 1950, and the other in 1979, with Gil Gerard as a wise-cracking Buck.
Hermes Press, who have been reprinting some of the original strips, approached Chaykin to work on the project. ”My reaction was first physical – genuine goose bumps – followed by complete delight at the thought of paying back a concept that was so utterly seminal in my thinking about our medium and our field,” Chaykin said in a press statement. The comic will be unveiled at the Buck Rogers, Past, Present and Future panel at 6pm on Friday, July 13 at San Diego Comic-Con International.