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Philip Francis Nowlan

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Philip Francis Nowlan

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Full Name: Philip Francis Nowlan
Born: November 13, 1888
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: February 1, 1940
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Occupation: Writer
Nationality: American


Philip Francis Nowlan was an American science fiction author, best known as the creator of Buck Rogers.

While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Nowlan was a member of The Mask and Wig Club, holding significant roles in the annual productions between 1907 and 1909. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania he worked as a newspaper columnist. He married, moved to the Philadelphia suburb of Bala Cynwyd and created and wrote the Buck Rogers comic strip, illustrated by Dick Calkins. He remained a writer on the strip until 1939. The character Buck Rogers first appeared in Nowlan's 1928 novella Armageddon 2419 A.D. as Anthony Rogers. The comic strip ran for over forty years and spun off a radio series, a 1939 movie serial, and two television series.

Nowlan also wrote several other novellas for the science fiction magazines as well as the posthumously published mystery, The Girl from Nowhere.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Buck Rogers

 1. (1928)
 2. (1929)

 Science Fiction from the Great Years

 1. (1962)


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