A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 55

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Well, we’ve almost run out of Sundays for this year and so I’m looking forward to my lazy part of the weekend with a Badger book for company all the more this time around. I’ve been saving today’s choice of title for some months now but I’m finally ready to enjoy it without interruption. It’s yet another penned by John E. Muller or the trio of R. L. Fanthorpe, John S. Glasby and A. A. Glynn. Let’s cast an eye over that ever-present tagline now shall we;

Mankind, past and present, waited to learn if there was a possible future

And what a cover we have here! A gaggle of somewhat anxious looking people stand huddled together in the foreground as a huge spaceship hovers ominously behind them. The ship is spherical in shape and is bristling with crackling antennae, it looks more like a giant tree decoration than a spacecraft!

Well, that’s almost it for this year now and I have only one more Badger book left on my shelf to share with you so be sure to join me next week as I draw this long running series to a close. Your comments on this week’s cover are more than welcome as usual.

Night Of The Big Fire by John E. Muller
(Serial Number SF75)
This version was published in 1962 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - Muller, Night Of The Big Fire (SF75)

Muller, Night Of The Big Fire (Back)

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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)

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)

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

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 48

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This week’s pick from the Badger shelf is by A. J. Merak which is the pen name of Fanthorpe associate John S. Glasby who is probably better known to regular readers of this series as part of the trio of writers working under the name of John E. Muller. This is one of those unusual Badger SF books from this period not to feature any input from the good reverend himself. The tagline looks like this;

The salvation of Earth’s planetary colony depended on one man and he had been made to forget!

The cover is a great Charles Bril piece featuring the head of a rather amusingly balding astronaut wearing a fishbowl style glass helmet set against a striking interstellar backdrop featuring a green ringed planet. I love the slightly bemused look on the astronaut’s face as his eyes settle on something just out of view of the reader.

It’s time to look past that cover now and delve into the pages to find out if this rather baffled looking elderly gent can come up with the goods and save the colony from its impending doom. I’ll be serving up more Badger goodies next week so join me here as usual and also feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Hydrosphere by A. J. Merak
(Serial Number SF36)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Charles Bril

Badger - Merak, Hydrosphere

Merak, Hydrosphere (Back)

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 47

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As Sunday arrives once more I find myself standing in front of the library shelves in a bid to find yet another Badger book to spend my day getting lost in. This time I’ve chosen a title written by the trio of R. L. Fanthorpe, John S. Glasby and A. A. Glynn or John E. Muller as the cover states, I seem to have an awful lot of books under this particular pseudonym. Let’s turn our attention to the ever present tagline shall we;

Part man part machine they possessed the worst qualities of both

I love the fabulously retro typography on this sadly uncredited cover which features a trio of rocket ships blasting off into space from a cratered and mountainous alien world. The rockets are of a classic sixties cigar shaped design with stabilising fins, brilliantly vintage stuff.

So, onwards with the book now. I’ll have another selection for you next week so please do join me then, feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments as usual.

Beyond The Void by John E. Muller
(Serial Number SF112)
This version was published in 1965 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - Muller, Beyond The Void

Muller, Beyond The Void (Back)

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 46

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It’s time to take another trip to the Badger shelves of my library to choose a book for this Sunday’s reading pleasure and this week it’s the turn of Karl Zeigfreid to provide the story. Zeigfreid is of course the pseudonym of writing partners R. L. Fanthorpe and John S. Glasby. It’s time now for that all important tagline;

If the new process could not be controlled it could threaten the entire planet

Once again, Badger stalwart Harry Fox turns in an impressive cover showing two graven-faced scientists wearing atomic helmets above some nuclear generating apparatus from which a number of operatives are fleeing before a no doubt imminent meltdown. Stirring stuff indeed!

And now I shall read on to discover what kind of threats to humanity are hopefully averted within the pages of this ageing book. I’ll have more fascinating Badger cover art selections to share over the coming weekends so be sure to join me here, comments are always welcome.

Atomic Nemesis by Karl Zeigfreid
(Serial Number SF80)
This version was published in 1962 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Harry Fox

Zeigfreid, Atomic Nemesis

Zeigreid, Atomic Nemesis (Back)