Re: [buck-rogers] T$R's "Buck Rogers"
>I would agree that the Rick Yager era was better drawn
> Well, the "original comic vision" changed
> drastically over the course of the strip as well.
> The Rick Yager strips (especially the Sundays) were
> vastly different from the Calkins & Nowlan strips
> (and far better in my opinion).
and written but Calkins & Nowlan years had a charm
that I really enjoyed. Nowlan's writing never seem to
go stale as Buck's adventures grew from the Mongol
stuff to adventures in space.
> Murphy AndersonFrom reading a recently published bio of Anderson I've
> made changes to the style of the strip during his
> tenure and then the Tuska era was a complete
> revisioning of the strip (and probably the lowest
> point during the neraly 40 years the original strip
learned that the strip was dying at the time and he
was brought in to save it. And after having drawn and
written the strip for so long poor old Lt. Calkins was
given the boot and Anderson even turned down his offer
to show him how to draw Buck. This was harsh
treatment for someone so important to the history of
Buck. I've seen very little of the Tuska era but I
was very surprised by how much I did like his art
because I really hated his later Marvel stuff.
>The revival series strip from 1979-1983 was aThe best thing about the revial strip was Morrow's art
> hybrid of the original and the Gil Gerard TV series
> (and never managed to capture the appeal of the
> original strip). TSR's original Buck Rogers line
> was an attempt to rework the story & characters yet
> again. There were aspects of it I didn't care for,
> but on the whole I thought it was a great attempt.
work. Morrow has a unsurpassed touch for SF. No one
in my mind has been better at creating new worlds and
cities of the future. Morrow had painted some
fantastic cover for the American editions of the
German Perry Rhodan SF series.
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> I would agree that the Rick Yager era was better drawnand written but Calkins & Nowlan years had a charm
that I really enjoyed.
They are almost two completely different strips since they differ in style so greatly. The Nowlan/Calkins strips were majorly heavy into science fiction. There was very little in the way of characterization, but there were new gadgets and sci-fi ideas being batted around like crazy. The Yager strips (at least the Sundays - his dailies were never as good) had great artwork and was very focused on the characters. There was much fewer science fiction elements, but I found the stories to be more "fun" in nature. They are both great though!
> The best thing about the revial strip was Morrow's artwork.
There are times I am completely blown away by Morrow's work and other times that I don't care for it at all. When he put some serious effort into it. it looks great! He did some excellent work on the revival series. Other times (like a lot of his later Tarzan Sundays) looked very rushed and didn't feel nearly as dynamic as other work he's done. His brief stint on Flash Gordon in the 90's was a mix bag as well - some of it was good, some not so good.