I must apologise for my sporadic posts on Sundays, it’s this weather you see. This sticky fingered heat isn’t conducive to ideal reading conditions for me in general, particularly with the fan running at my side. It affects my concentration too and so I’m painfully aware I’ve missed a few weeks just recently, I hope to redress the balance in the coming weeks though and give you the Badger satisfaction I know all you regular Sunday readers crave!
This week then has been given over to a title by Pel Torro who is none other than R. L. Fanthorpe and Harry O. Mansfield writing in tandem. Incidentally, I do wonder how these books got written by two or more people, I can’t help but think it would be a major distraction to have someone else working on a book at the same time. Just a side thought really…
And so here’s that front cover tagline in all its glory;
The robot’s claws, the death gas… but there was worse to come
What could be worse than those two untimely ends I wonder! The cover is a beauty and one of the rare Badger titles to feature a named artist of the day – and it shows! The robot in question is fabulous, his helmet and outfit in general are stunning examples of sixties design… and those claws too, great stuff! Utterly brilliant work from the always reliable Ed Valigursky. The robot stands menacingly over his victim who appears to be struggling in a miasma of sickly yellow death gas vapours. And what of the mystery which is locked away in that great steel cylinder in the background? I’ll just have to read on to answer this question and others raised by the back cover blurb.
I do hope you enjoyed this return to the weird and wonderful world of Badger books, I promise I’ll be back next week whatever the weather throws at me with more of what you love with your Sunday roast. Comments are, as ever welcomed and encouraged. I’ve a feeling that robot will spur a few of you on to share your thoughts!
World Of The Gods by Pel Torro
(Serial Number SF45)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Ed Valigursky