A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 40

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

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

Badger - Muller, The Negative ones

The Negative Ones - Back


8 thoughts on “A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 40

  1. Bernie 16/08/2015 / 10:41 am

    That’s a great back cover, fits perfectly with the book’s title, quite possibly a first for Badger Books!

    Take care, Bernie xxxxx

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    • unsubscriber 20/08/2015 / 12:54 pm

      I thought the back cover was a bit of a cheeky take on the title which made me smile. Glad you picked up on that too. All the best Bernie xxxx


  2. John C Nash 16/08/2015 / 12:14 pm

    Great post, as usual. I had a rare sighting of one of these Badger Books in a charity shop a couple of days ago. One I think you’ve posted about before. Android by Karl Zeigfreid? I’m sure I recognised the cover from one of your posts – a brassy alien chap with a red light on his chest.

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    • unsubscriber 20/08/2015 / 12:59 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Mr Nash, glad you enjoyed this one. I have indeed covered Android in a previous post, you were lucky to spot that one in a charity shop as Badger books are pretty hard to come by generally these days and usually command fairly high prices too. All the best.

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      • John C Nash 20/08/2015 / 7:59 pm

        It was a bargain at 45p. My first Badger and I think I could be converted!

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      • unsubscriber 21/08/2015 / 1:13 am

        Glad to hear you picked it up at that price and enjoyed it too, they’re very moreish books I find.

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  3. lcmt 21/08/2015 / 12:25 am

    Classic back cover blurb–a legendary being named Ravan, a flying car called a vimana–quite evocative of old-fashioned pulp sci fi. But it’s the sixties, so let’s get some psychiatry in there! Sounds like an intriguing mash-up.

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    • unsubscriber 21/08/2015 / 1:18 am

      Glad you picked up on the blurb Lin, that’s the reason why I started including back covers in each post. This one was certainly an intriguing read but then most Badger titles have something going for them to make the story stand out.

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