In 1929 “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D.” debuted as the first ever science fiction comic strip. The character that became Buck Rogers actually appeared in 1928 in the pulp fiction “Amazing Stories” magazine in the story “Armageddon 2419 A.D.” The comic strip enjoyed tremendous popularity and spawned a radio show in 1932 and a variety of tie-in toys and products over the years. Daisy Manufacturing Company of Plymouth, Michigan introduced a line of toy “ray guns” to capitalize on the Buck Rogers craze. The XZ-31 was first introduced for the Christmas season of 1934 and became hugely successful. They then followed-up with the U-235 Atomic Pistol in 1935. The pistol remained popular throughout the late 1930’s and early 1940’s until its production was halted during World War II. After the war the metal U-235 version was reintroduced.
The Yellow Garage dealer Jason Phillips Antiques is featuring a rare vintage Buck Rogers U-235 Atomic Pistol with its original box. The pistol is pressed steel construction with the rare silver finish. The gun produces a loud “pop” but will need a new flint under the screw on the top of the gun to produce the sparks. The pictures provide an accurate description of the condition of both the pistol and box. We will also be happy to answer any specific questions you may have. The box was illustrated and signed by Dick Calkins. Interestingly, he was the original illustrator of the "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" comic beginning in 1929. The artwork remains bold with strong coloring. The pistol is approximately 10” in length. For toy collectors and Buck Rogers fans alike, the U-235 Atomic Pistol has been the must have ray gun for almost 85 years. To find one with its original box is a rare find indeed.