A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 18

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

This week’s selection from the Badger archives is a sure-fire winner on so many different levels. Pel Torro (which is an altogether inspired pseudonym by any standards) is once again the good Rev Fanthorpe writing with Harry O. Mansfield. The tagline is almost as lurid as the cover and reads;

The new formula was taking effect, his mind was changing.

And what a cover it is! A bearded and bespectacled scientist menacingly brandishes a syringe containing the titular formula whilst a concerned looking disembodied head materialises in the foreground through the swirling shadows. It’s a small work of sadly uncredited genius that I’m forever glad to have as part of my collection.

I feel like my mind is starting to change too now and so I’d best crack on with the book before I lose all of my somewhat delicate sensibilities. See you again next week for more Badger action my fellow pulp aficionados!

Formula 29X by Pel Torro
(Serial Number SF87)
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - Torro Formula 29X


5 thoughts on “A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 18

  1. Bernie 22/02/2015 / 12:06 pm

    Another priceless memory, this is one of the first Badgers I bought 🙂

    Take care, Bernie xx

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  2. Joachim Boaz 22/02/2015 / 2:22 pm

    I wouldn’t doubt that’s the Badger books main artist. THey only employed one or two artists. I bet you could simply compare some of the covers and figure it out.

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    • unsubscriber 22/02/2015 / 6:41 pm

      You’re probably right there Joachim, most of the other Badger books have covers done by a chap called Harry Fox so this could well be one of his pieces. I’ll check tomorrow and get back to you.
      All the best.


  3. lcmt 22/02/2015 / 9:50 pm

    Wow, I am really impressed by what this artist did with only primary colors, and black.

    Liked by 1 person

    • unsubscriber 22/02/2015 / 10:00 pm

      His artwork was fantastic in an era when sci-fi books usually had spaceships and astronauts on their covers. This one is a really excellent example of some anonymous, low paid Badger staff artist who wasn’t even identified within. Shame.

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