It’s Sunday again and so another trip to the Badger shelf of my library is in order before my day can truly begin. More from John E. Muller this week, you must know this one by now surely – it’s the pseudonym for R. L. Fanthorpe, John S. Glasby and A. A. Glynn. Let’s check the tagline before we turn to the cover shall we?
There was terror in the ominous cloud above the city, the day of the bomb had arrived
This one’s a classic atom bomb style yarn from the chaps featuring a terribly sombre cover piece. It features the aforementioned ominous cloud looming over the ruins of a no doubt once great city as three disembodied heads look on with grave expressions on their faces. It’s also worth noting that the first man is sporting a fantastically louche pointed goatee beard which I can’t help but find terribly impressive. I also love what they’ve done with the rear cover on this title – why, it’s the front cover but rendered in a kind of negative style. Who says you have to be totally poe-faced about such a weighty topic as the impending atomic destruction of mankind?
And now to read my friends, I’ll be back again next Sunday with another selection from my Badger collection to share with you so be sure to join me.
The Negative Ones by John E. Muller
(Serial Number SF109)
This version was published in 1965 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Harry Fox