A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 28

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

After a couple of weeks off spent sampling hospital food (mainly bad), I’m back to serve up yet another tasty Badger treat for your delectation. This week’s title hides under no pseudonym, the name of R. L. Fanthorpe adorns the cover along with the following tagline;

The invaders left the world facing the deadliest peril in its history

The cover art by a chap called Carlo Jacono is pure Badger – a fabulously attired astronaut stands atop a rocky outcrop menacingly brandishing a boulder at his counterpart below on the pock-marked green planet’s surface. Fabulous stuff I’m sure you’ll agree!

It’s great to feature a book here which Fanthorpe decided to put his real name on as I have no other such titles in my collection.

Join me again next weekend for another dip into the archives as I present my day’s reading to you for further analysis.

Doomed World by R. L. Fanthorpe
(Serial Number SF25)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Carlo Jacono

Badger - Fanthorpe, Doomed World

Fanthorpe, Doomed World (Back)

Digital Digits Five. The Penultimate Episode

If you’re a regular visitor here then you’ll be well aware by now that this ongoing mini-series is dedicated to books published by the Digit imprint which in turn was owned by Brown Watson Ltd. If this is your first visit to unsubscribedblog then you’ve missed the first four parts which can be accessed here, here, here and here.

Having covered spacecraft and astronauts over the first four parts of the series I thought that for my final two instalments I’d pick a random selection of covers for your delectation. It’s just a shame that more of this great artwork isn’t acknowledged – all six of these books are uncredited despite the last two being signed, no other information exists to uncover who these talented artists were.

As far as a lack of information is concerned, you may also be surprised to learn that some books don’t even give a publication date and so the ever present serial number becomes an essential tool for collectors and those looking to age titles with missing dates. Once again, I bow to the fountain of knowledge that is the Internet Speculative Fiction Database and its many contributors for helping me pick my way through this potential minefield of inconsistency.

Here are this week’s six covers to pore and ponder over, be sure to join me for the final episode next week.

Corpus Earthling by Louis Charbonneau
(Serial Number R753)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Corpus Earthling by Louis Charbonneau

From Outer Space by Mildred Danforth
(Serial Number R760)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

From Outer Space by Mildred Danforth

Three Quarters by Graeme De Timms
(Serial Number R740)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Three Quarters by Graeme De Timms

The Change by George C. Foster
(Serial Number R721)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

The Change by George C. Foster

City Under The Sea by Kenneth Bulmer
(Serial Number R672)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited although painting signed “Henry”

City Under The Sea by Kenneth Bulmer

The Uninhibited by Dan Morgan
(Serial Number R771)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited although painting signed “A.W.”

The Unhibited by Dan Morgan

Digital Digits Four. More Astronauts

If you’re a regular visitor to my humble blog then you’ll be well aware by now that this ongoing mini-series is dedicated to books published by the Digit imprint which in turn was owned by Brown Watson Ltd. If this is your first visit to unsubscribedblog then you’ve missed the first three parts which can be accessed here, here and here.

Last week I posted a selection of six books which all had astronauts of some kind on their covers and so I’ve decided to continue in this vein for a second helping of those plucky men (and the odd woman) who fly into space to protect this fragile planet from an ineffable doom!

If you have any thoughts on anything you’ve seen so far then please do leave me a comment, I’m always happy to receive a little feedback.

Assignment Luther by Lan Wright
(Serial Number R686)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Robert A. Osborne

Digit - Wright Assignment Luther

Split Image by Reed De Rouen
(Serial Number R728)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - De Rouen Split Image

The Genetic General by Gordon R. Dickson
(Serial Number R437)
This version was published in 1961 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Ed Valigursky

Digit - The Genetic General, Dickson

The Voice From Baru by Tom Wade
(Serial Number R661)
This version was published in 1962 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Alvaro

Digit - Wade, The Voice From Baru

The Secret Visitors by James White
(Serial Number R725)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - White The Secret Visitors

The Amazing Mr. Lutterworth by Desmond Leslie
(Serial Number D315)
This version was published in 1960 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Leslie The Amazing Mr Lutterworth

Digital Digits Three. Astronauts

In the first two parts of this article I wrote about how the Digit imprint was founded in 1956 by Brown Watson Ltd to publish science fiction in an attempt to capitalise on the huge boom in public interest. I then posted a series of book covers which had various different designs of spaceship adorning them (here and here). This week, I’m delving into the world of those brave men (and the odd token woman) who pilot these mighty ships through infinite space, it’s time then for the astronauts.

Here’s my first selection of six books which feature astronauts doing all manner of action packed stuff in the face of interstellar adversity and generally being terribly heroic about it. Join me here next week for another array of astronaut related Digit goodies.

Fury by Henry Kuttner
(Serial Number R413)
This version was published in 1960 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

Digit - Kuttner Fury

The Wind Of Liberty by Kenneth Bulmer
(Serial Number R607)
This version was published in 1962 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Robert A. Osborne

Digit - Bulmer, The Wind Of Liberty

The Peacemakers by Curtis W. Casewit
(Serial Number R704)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Casewit, The Peacemakers

The Secret Visitors by James White
(Serial Number R479)
This version was published in 1961 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

Digit - White, The Secret Visitors

A Thousand Ages by D. E. Ellis
(Serial Number R757)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Ellis A Thousand Ages

Assignment in Eternity by Robert A. Heinlein
(Serial Number D368)
This version was published in 1960 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Richard Powers

Digit - Heinlein Assignment in Eternity

Digital Digits Two. More Spaceships

In the first part of this article (here) I wrote a little about how Digit books was launched in 1956 by Brown Watson Ltd to publish science fiction to cater for a boom in public interest. I then posted half a dozen book covers which all had the humble spaceship as its main design cue. This week, I intend to carry on where I left off and present six more Digit covers which also bear various styles of spacecraft. If you’re enjoying this mini-series then be sure to return next week for more pulpy goodness, your comments are encouraged and always welcome.

The Weapon Makers by A. E. Van Vogt
(Serial Number R454)
This version was published in 1961 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Ed Valigursky

Digit - Van Vogt, The Weapon Makers

The World In Reverse by Luan Ranzetta
(Serial Number R618)
This version was published in 1962 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Ranzetta, The World In Reverse

The Legion Of Time by Jack Williamson
(Serial Number R703)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Williamson, The Legion Of Time

Earth’s Long Shadow by Kenneth Bulmer
(Serial Number R572)
This version was published in 1962 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Bulmer, Earth's Long Shadow

Spykos 4 by Peter Dagmar
(Serial Number R609)
This version was published in 1962 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Dagmar Spykos 4

Satellite In Space by Professor A. M. Low
(Serial Number R734)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Low, Satellite In Space

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 27

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

This week’s pick from the groaning Badger shelf is a little different from past titles in two ways; Firstly, it’s not written by a gaggle of staff pen jockeys at Badger nor does it have anything to do with the good Reverend Fanthorpe. Secondly, it’s a film novelisation/movie tie-in. It was actually penned by a Hollywood movie director, one Robert A. Wise and is his only book listed on the ISFDB. I haven’t actually seen the film so I don’t know what to expect from its pages.

The tagline is more of an advertisement for the film and reads;

An action packed science fiction story from the Fred O. Gebhardt motion picture hit produced in Hollywood

The cover shows a rocket ship flying past a sun-bathed earth whilst several astronauts stand below on a suspiciously green and verdant looking lunar surface. They all appear to be engaged in some form of the hokey-cokey, arms outstretched toward each other. It doesn’t look to be anything like the action packed, life or death situation as promised by the blurb on the back cover.

Ah well, that could all change inside and so I’ll dive in headlong and read on…

More Badger fun and games next weekend, feel free to use the ‘like’ and comments buttons. It’s what they’re for after all.

12 To The Moon movie novelisation by Robert A. Wise
(Serial Number SF59)
This version was published in 1961 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - Wise, 12 To The Moon

12 To The Moon Rear

Digital Digits One. Spaceships

Brown Watson Ltd were a paperback publishing house established in the 1940s and began by issuing mainly westerns and crime thrillers, the mainstays of the pulp fiction market at that time. In the mid 1950s however, the public became fascinated with science fiction and all the new writing that was being produced so Brown Watson Ltd launched the Digit imprint to capitalise on this boom. During its run from 1956 to its eventual closure in 1967, Digit published a veritable mountain of sci-fi books which were loved by the general public and collectors alike. They’re still sought after today, some titles fetching quite large sums of money on the secondhand market.

I’ve always had a thing for cover art as I’m sure you’ll be no doubt aware by now and many of these books did indeed have great covers. My favourites are the ones which take their design cues for spaceships, people etc. from the 1950’s as they brilliantly reflect the stories within. Something worth noting about Digit books is their relative lack of publishing detail, artists are left uncredited and even the year of issue is not printed within. Luckily however, all copies bear a serial number which helps with collecting and identifying individual titles.

My Digit collection has grown somewhat in the last year after many lucky finds on eBay and a little help from friends (thanks Julian). I’ve now decided its time to digitise my Digit covers and share them over several posts, the first few batches of which will be themed.

The theme I’ve decided on for the first two parts is spaceships, mainly because they seem to be so prevalent amongst my collection. There are all manner of shapes and sizes chosen here from the classic cigar-shaped rocket to the flying saucer, its difficult to pick a favourite as I love them all. Which one would you choose though?

And so here then is my first selection of a half dozen books, join me again next week for another helping of these tasty digits.

The House That Stood Still by A. E. Van Vogt
Serial Number – D361
This version was published in 1960 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Van Vogt The House That Stood Still

Invaders Of Earth edited by Groff Conklin
(Serial Number R526)
This version was published in 1962 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Conklin - Invaders of Earth

Split Worlds by Tyrone C. Barr
Serial Number – R563
This version was published in 1962 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Barr Split Worlds

Conditioned For Space by Alan Ash
(Serial Number R478)
This version was published in 1961 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Ash, Conditioned For Space

Into The Darkness by A. G. C. Clarke
Serial Number – R550
This version was published in 1961 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Clarke, Into The Darkness

The Uncharted Planet by V. Ranzetta
Serial Number – R557
This version was published in 1962 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Charles Bril

digit-ranzetta-the-uncharted-planet