Friday, January 7, 2011

No Bucks, No Buck Rogers

Happy Birthday to Buck Rogers and Tarzan.  On this date, the first comic strips, "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" and "Tarzan"appeared. The adventures of Buck Rogers in comic strips, movies, radio and television became an important part of American popular culture.

For Buck Rogers, the beginning of his stiry is vastly different for what must know. Buck was a Army Air Corps World War I vet who was trapped in a mine cave-in. Put to sleep by radioactive gas, Buck awakens to find his self accused as a criminal. After rescuing Wilma Deering, Buck helps fight the evil that is the 'Mongol Reds' who had emerged from the Gobi desert to conquer Asia and Europe and then attacked America.

As for Tarzan, well his story hasn't really changed over the years. An orphaned English boy raised by apes.Looking around the country today, you can still see this story being played out in reality.

It is hard to believe that 82 years ago today, these two staples of popular American culture started their place in history.

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