52 – Skyrocket Steele

Bill Everett started in comic books with “Skyrocket” Steele, a Buck Rogers / Flash Gordon clone in Centaur Publications’ Amazing Mystery Comics Funnies #2 (August 1938). Everett would later go on to create Namor, the Sub-Mariner for Marvel / Timely Comics.

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12 – Fifty Cent Ray Gun

Here is an full-page color ad to buy the Buck Roger’s Disintegrator Raygun for four bits from Famous Funnies #12 by Eastern Color.  Looks like someone on ebay has one of these babies and current highest bid is $77, while a like-new full replica kit is sitting there for a cool $295.

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11 – Buck Rogers

On to May 1935.  One of the more popular strips reprinted in Famous Funnies comic books was Buck Rogers, a space opera character that lived in many forms of media (books, movie serials, television show).  Buck Rogers showed up in the first few years of the Famous Funnies comic book.

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