Philip Francis Nowlan

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Philip Francis Nowlan
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Philip Francis Nowlan, as pictured in Science Wonder Stories, September 1929 (as "Frank Phillips")
Born 1888
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died February 1, 1940 (aged 51–52)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1928–1940
Genres Science fiction
Subjects Buck Rogers
Notable work(s) Armageddon 2419 A.D.

Philip Francis Nowlan (1888 – February 1, 1940) was an American science fiction author, best known as the creator of Buck Rogers.

Career[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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

Personal life[edit]

Nowlan was married to Theresa Junker. They had ten children: Philip, Mary, Helen, Louise, Theresa, Mike, Larry, Pat, John, and Joe.[citation needed]

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