A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 53

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Sunday means only one thing in the unsubscriber household and so it’s time yet again to choose a Badger novel from the library shelves whilst the kettle boils. I’ve pulled out a title by A. J. Merak for today’s reading pleasure, a pseudonym for one of Fanthorpe’s fellow staff writers John S. Glasby. The tagline reads as follows;

Nature had isolated Earth behind the barrier. This was to be the first step through

The cover features the head of an astronaut wearing a distinctly fifties style fishbowl glass helmet against an interstellar backdrop. I’m not familiar with the work of artist Carlo Jacono but think this is a pretty good piece for a book of this vintage.

I’ll crack on with the story now and see you again for another Badger selection next Sunday if you’d care to join me. Comments are as usual welcome so feel free to share your thoughts on this one.

Barrier Unknown by A. J Merak
(Serial Number SF30)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Carlo Jacono

Badger - Merak, Barrier Unknown

Merak, Barrier Unknown (Back)

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Yet More Two Dimensional Goodness From Ace Books

Last week I posted six covers taken from three recently acquired Ace Double titles (here) and promised that there would be more to come. So, this week I’m including a further half dozen covers taken from these rather brilliant and innovative examples of the tête-bêche binding technique. Your comments on this latest batch are welcome as always

The Key To Irunium by Kenneth Bulmer
(Serial Number H-20)
This version was published in 1967 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Gray Morrow

Ace H-20 Bulmer, The Key To Irunium

The Wandering Tellurian by Alan Schwartz
(Serial Number H-20)
This version was published in 1967 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jerome Podwil

Ace H-20 Schwartz, The Wandering Tellurian

The Road To The Rim by A. Bertram Chandler
(Serial Number H-29)
This version was published in 1967 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

Ace H-29 Chandler, The Road To The Rim

The Lost Millennium by Walt and Leigh Richmond
(Serial Number H-29)
This version was published in 1967 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jerome Podwil

Ace H-29 Richmond, The Lost Millennium

Computer War by Mack Reynolds
(Serial Number H-34)
This version was published in 1967 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Hoot von Zitzewitz

Ace H-34 Reynolds, Computer War

Death Is A Dream by E. C. Tubb
(Serial Number H-34)
This version was published in 1967 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Rob Howard

Ace H-34 Tubb, Death Is A Dream

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 52

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This week’s Badger selection is another novel written by a regularly featured favourite John E. Muller, otherwise known as R. L. Fanthorpe joined by John S. Glasby and A. A. Glynn. I seem to have quite a large number of Muller titles amongst my Badger collection and can’t help but wonder if these were easier to find due to this pseudonym being used more often by Fanthorpe. Time for someone to write a definitive history of this imprint and piece together an extensive bibliography I think. Let’s take a look at the tagline;

Lost in the unimaginable wilderness of intergalactic space

The book features another sadly uncredited cover which is a shame as the image is so striking in its stark and minimal futurism. It simply shows a gleaming winged space craft streaking across the blackness of space and certainly doesn’t look as if it was painted over half a century ago which is a testament to the imagination of the unknown artist.

Time to settle down on the sofa with a cuppa and read on now I think. I’ll have another marvellous Badger cover to share with you next weekend so please do join me then, let me know what you think of this week’s selection via the comments.

Forbidden Planet by John E. Muller
(Serial Number SF63)
This version was published in 1961 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - Muller, Forbidden Planet

Muller, Forbidden Planet (Back)

More Two Dimensional Goodness From Ace Books

Back in March and April of this year I published a series of posts featuring all of the rather fabulous Ace Double titles that I had on my library shelves at that time. The series ran for five weeks and showcased a total of fifty six individual covers from such artists as Ed Emshwiller, Kelly Freas, Jack Gaughan, Ed Valigursky and a multitude of other luminaries. It was fantastic to see all of these wonderful examples of the tête-bêche binding technique popularised by Ace Books together in one place.

Since those articles were published however, I’ve been lucky enough to pick up several more of these great books and so I thought I’d share them here over the next two weeks. This is the first set of six covers for your viewing pleasure, I’ll post a half dozen more next week. I hope that you’ll enjoy these as much as the initial series, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think.

A Harvest Of Hoodwinks by Robert Lory
(Serial Number 52180)
This version was published in 1970 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Gray Morrow

Ace 52180 Lory, A Harvest Of Hoodwinks

Masters Of The Lamp by Robert Lory
(Serial Number 52180)
This version was published in 1970 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

Ace 52180 Lory, Masters Of The Lamp

The Unteleported Man by Philip K. Dick
(Serial Number G-602)
This version was published in 1966 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Harry Schaar

Ace G-602 Dick, The Unteleported Man

The Mind Monsters by Howard L. Cory
(Serial Number G-602)
This version was published in 1966 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Kelly Freas

Ace G-602 Cory, The Mind Monsters

The Man Without A Planet by Lin Carter
(Serial Number G-606)
This version was published in 1966 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Peter Michael

Ace G-606 Carter, The Man Without A Planet

Time To Live by John Rackham
(Serial Number G-606)
This version was published in 1966 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

Ace G-606 Rackham, Time To Live

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 51

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The time has come once again to make my usual weekend choice from the Badger shelf of my library and so it has fallen to Pel Torro to provide the action. Torro is of course the duo of R. L. Fanthorpe and Harry O. Mansfield working under an alias. Here comes that all-important tagline;

He was the first to return from the death zone, could he survive?

Badger stalwart Harry Fox turns in yet another great cover image portraying a somewhat dejected looking astronaut hovering above a young couple apparently fleeing from a futuristic domed city. Despite the modernity of the structures and the astronaut’s space-age get up, the couple are wearing distinctly retro outfits which are very much of their time for when the book was first published.

Now to discover if our hero can indeed survive his return from the death zone. More great Badger cover art to come next Sunday so please join me then if you enjoyed this post. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments too.

The Return by Pel Torro
(Serial Number SF101)
This version was published in 1964 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Harry Fox

Badger - Torro, The Return

Torro, The Return (Back)

The Strange Case Of G.O.G 666

I stumbled across this odd looking little gem by accident some weeks ago whilst trawling through my usual eBay suspects searching for books. I was particularly drawn to the striking cover, strange title and this intriguing subtitle/tagline combo;

Isn’t that the number in the apocalypse – the number of the beast?

Russian scientists go to inhuman lengths to plan a race of supermen

I’ve also included a shot of the back cover here too for its rather short but ominous blurb, I thought I’d share this recent acquisition with you and see what you made of it. I have a few Arrow books on my shelves but have never heard of John Taine before this came along, any thoughts?

G.O.G 666 by John Taine
This version was published in 1963 by Arrow Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Taine, G.O.G 666

Taine, G.O.G 666 (Back)

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 50

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It’s Sunday so that means today’s pick of reading material is sourced from my Badger shelf as usual. The book at hand is by the brilliantly monikered Victor La Salle which is actually a pseudonym for a veritable team of writers headed by R. L. Fanthorpe and ably assisted by John S. Glasby, Tom Wade, Gerald Evans and Leonard G. Fish. Tagline time;

Only a miracle could save mankind from extinction

Mankind threatened once again? This is beginning to become a habit. I love the cover here although it rather simply depicts a brilliantly fifties style rocketship blasting over a mountainous, crater-strewn planet as an orange sun creeps over the horizon. The space craft is wonderfully conceived, the colours vibrant and the font used for the main title is a retro treat.

No rear cover included for this book as the ravages of time have sadly taken their toll and it has unfortunately become detached at some point over the past half century or so. Feel free to join me again next Sunday for another rifle through the Badger archives, comments are as always welcomed.

Twilight Zone by Victor La Salle
(Serial Number SF13)
This version was published in 1959 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - La Salle, Twilight Zone