Buck Rogers, a U.S. Air Force pilot, who awakes from a 500-year sleep and defeats foes such as the Airlords of Han, pirates from outer space, the Tiger Men of Mars, and the recurring villains Killer Kane and Ardala Valmar. He’s aided by his space companion Wilma Deering and his mentor, the brilliant scientist Dr. Huer, and Black Barney, a Martian and former space pirate.

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D.

John F. Dille arranged for Philip Nowlan to turn the story “Armageddon 2419 A.D.” — that originally appeared in Amazing Stories — into a comic strip for syndication. The comic strip was named Buck Rogers, the name that was used for the character from then on. Dille may have coined the nickname “Buck” based on a 1920s cowboy character named Buck Jones.