A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 5

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

It’s been a tough old week for one reason or another and so this Sunday morning I’ve been looking forward to my illicit liaison with a beloved Badger book all the more. This week’s title is by Leo Brett, a name which was a pseudonym for the good Reverend Fanthorpe and one of his many staff writing partners Harry O. Mansfield.

The cover is typically great Fox fare, everything about the astronaut’s suit is just brilliant especially the side trouser pockets, lovely black leather belt and that amazing capsule-like helmet. They just don’t make ’em like that any more! The surface of the planet also looks surprisingly like well laid flagstones or maybe even linoleum squares – is there a B&Q out in space?

The tagline on the front of the book reads;

“Out there beyond the planet something incredible was watching.”

And there it is looming large in the background – a sort of green furry something with shockingly bloodshot eyes and no discernible mouth (although it is partially obscured by the astronaut and therefore could resemble something like a Polo mint making it impossible to see.) What could this all mean? Well, there’s only one way to find out and that’s to dive in and reveal the secrets for myself which are no doubt hidden somewhere within these musty pages.

I hope that you enjoy the cover shot, let me know your thoughts over in the comments;

Power Sphere by Leo Brett
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The cover artist is H. Fox

Badger - Brett Power Sphere

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8 thoughts on “A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 5

  1. johncnash 16/11/2014 / 10:36 am

    Great post, I love the idea of a fully slabbed planet. Looks like a proper job too, no weeds growing in the cracks. Seems as though perspective doesn’t quite work on this planet, are they mountains in the distance or ant-hills just behind him? Space is weird.

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    • unsubscriber 16/11/2014 / 10:51 am

      Thanks very much for the kind words Mr Nash, you’re right about the quality of the paving, whoever did the job were miles ahead of the cowboys who did mine! As for the weeds, perhaps the inhabitants of the planets are friendly gardeners who dwell in the foothills of the tiny mountains. And to think I used to scoff at the ridiculousness of covers like this at one time!

      Space is indeed a very weird place Mr Nash, much weirder than we can possibly imagine.

      All the best.

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      • lcmt 17/11/2014 / 12:21 am

        Doesn’t that squiggly bit to the right of the spaceman’s sleek high-fashion boots look like a tiny gardener crawling along, weeding the cracks? Or is it a rock?

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      • unsubscriber 17/11/2014 / 12:38 am

        Well spotted, we might have had the answer to our weed-free flagstoned planet for a moment there. It is in fact the the signature of the artist Mr Henry Fox who produced many fine covers for Badger books in his day. Best wishes.

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  2. Bernie 16/11/2014 / 12:28 pm

    You two are crazy!! What I like about Badger covers is that you rarely, if ever, see a BEM or a scantily clad young lady in peril and about to be rescued by a fearless macho-type person. Given the times in which they were published that’s actually quite refreshing.

    I don’t think I ever had this particular one, but no time today to go hunting through my thumbnails, but I really don’t recognise it, so again thanks for the chance to see it.

    Take care, Bernie xx

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  3. unsubscriber 16/11/2014 / 6:07 pm

    I’ve definitely got a few Badgers featuring scantily clad ladies up to all kinds of mischief but I’d certainly agree with you there aren’t as many as you’d expect given the publication year. I did used to scoff at these things but my perspective has changed since I’ve got a bit older and I really do appreciate them now.

    I’ll try and remember to include the book number for you next time too Bernie. Glad you enjoyed checking this one out, I’ve a huge pile to sort through so this article will continue for the foreseeable future.

    Best wishes xx

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  4. lcmt 17/11/2014 / 12:27 am

    I love this cover. It’s a great example of how accident and necessity can transcend bad art and become good design. I can’t stop looking at it.

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    • unsubscriber 17/11/2014 / 12:44 am

      Did you know that at Badger Books, the covers (and a title) were produced prior to the stories actually being written. The author was simply given a painting, a word count, a deadline and off they went! It’s an odd case of the cover coming before the book. I used to pass these by as mere trashy pulp but am going through a real phase at the moment and can’t get enough of them. I’m pleased to hear that they’ve struck a chord with you too. Best wishes.

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