A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 49

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Another Sunday has arrived and so it’s time to beat a well worn path to the library shelves and have a rummage through the Badger section to make my choice of reading companion for the day. This time around I’ve gone for a title by Leo Brett, better known as the duo of R. L. Fanthorpe and Harry O. Mansfield – just one writer short of being a John E. Muller effort! Time to run the tagline;

Ghost towns were the rule… not the exception… The world was empty!

Ominous stuff indeed. The sadly uncredited cover features another one of Badger’s trademark disembodied heads looking down on a gigantic flying saucer which is being boarded by hundreds of passengers.

I’m looking forward to finding out the reason why humanity is forced to leave the Earth in this manner and if they can overcome the dangers now before them. I’ll be back again next week with another pick from the Badger shelf so be sure to join me then, your comments are as always appreciated

Exit Humanity by Leo Brett
(Serial Number SF40)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - Brett, Exit Humanity

Brett, Exit Humanity (Back)

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A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 34

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This past week has seen a heatwave descend across the UK with temperatures soaring into the mid thirty degrees celsius every day. It’s been sticky and oppressive which has seriously impacted by ability to sit and read for a number of reasons, today is no different. It may well be early morning but the fan is on, the shirt is off and I’m struggling to do anything but sit and try not to perspire too much! And so I thought I’d do something a little different this Sunday due to my lack of desire to curl up with my usual cuppa and Badger book for company.

Some months ago now, I started to include a photograph the rear of each book I was reading so that you could see the typography, recycled pieces of front cover artwork and most importantly read the blurb for yourselves. But what of the other books that didn’t receive this treatment I hear you cry! Well, fear not my friends as this week’s post collects together a half dozen of the best examples of such back covers for your perusal. I hope this goes some way to making up for missing out on all the previous books.

And so, no reading for the unsubscriber again today as my hands are far too sweaty to contemplate picking up one of my fragile and beloved vintage paperbacks but hopefully the following photos should provide an ample substitute. Enjoy, and try to keep yourselves cool out there by whatever means necessary! See you again for more Badger fun and frolics next weekend.

Alien by John E. Muller
(Serial Number SF61)
This version was published in 1961 by Badger Books
The front cover artist is uncredited

Alien Back

Lightening World by Trebor Thorpe
(Serial Number SF38)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The front cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

Lightning World Back

Power Sphere by Leo Brett
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The front cover artist is H. Fox

Power Sphere Back

Phenomena X by John E. Muller
(Serial Number SF116)
This version was published in 1966 by Badger Books
The front cover artist is uncredited

Phenomena X Back

Reactor XK9 by John E. Muller
(Serial Number SF96)
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The front cover artist is H. Fox

Reactor XK9 Back

Formula 29X by Pel Torro
(Serial Number SF87)
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The front cover artist is uncredited

Formula 29X Back

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 31

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Another Sunday has finally arrived and so I’ve made myself that all important steaming hot cup of tea (splash of milk, no sugar, optional biscuit on the side) and settled in to read yet another rollicking tale bursting with improbable plot lines so beloved of Badger books in the 1960s. This week’s pick comes from the typewriter of Leo Brett, otherwise known as the duo of R. L. Fanthorpe and Harry O. Mansfield.

These books just wouldn’t be the same without a cover tagline and here’s what this one reads like;

It was the biggest discovery since the Bomb, and far more dangerous.

The cover is brilliant as always – a pair of distinctly feminine hands delicately holds a madly flaming test tube aloft as a bald headed scientist, mouth agape and brow furrowed holds out his hand in horror at the prospect of explosive dangers occurring. The back cover blurb states that the contents of the tube could destroy galaxies, not something to be idly pissing about in a laboratory with then!

I can never resist the lure of a Badger cover, its sensationalist tagline and back cover blurb which I always seem to read in a stern news reader type voice. This one is no exception and so you’ll have to excuse me whilst I dig in. I’ll be here again next Sunday with another selection from my Badger shelf so be sure to join me then.

The Alien Ones by Leo Brett
(Serial Number SF94)
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The cover artist is H. Fox

Badger - Brett, The Alien Ones

Brett, The Alien Ones (Back)

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 25

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It’s been an up and down sort of week here at Unsubscriber Towers and so this week’s choice of book has come from the “Strange, Weird, Eerie” end of my Badger Supernatural Special collection. The title is by Leo Brett – R. L. Fanthorpe and Harry O. Mansfield to those of us in the know and unfortunately doesn’t have a tagline. What it does have however is a great cover piece;

A highly distraught looking blonde gazes fixedly upwards at a materialising spectre complete with bald head and decidedly pointed features. Makes me shudder just to think what’s going on in the turreted old house in the right hand corner of the jacket.

Time to read on now and find out who and why they never came back. Join me next week for more Badger madness and mayhem, comments as ever are welcome.

They Never Come Back by Leo Brett
(Serial Number SN68)
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The cover artist is H. Fox

Badger - They Never Come Back by Leo Brett

They Never Came Back Rear

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 11

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It’s the very first Sunday of the new year so let’s get 2015 off to a bang with a Badger! There’s been far too much merry-making going on for my liking just recently and so I’ve decided to stray into that dark area of library shelving which houses the Supernatural Specials for this week’s book. Just take a look at that cover – it’s me old pal The Horned One himself! He’s looking very red from the infernal heat of all that roaring hellfire no doubt and sporting a rather louche pointed goatee beard, Lucifer sternly faces his quarry. But just what is this young lady wearing? The sheer netted skirt/playsuit combo was no doubt the very height of fashion at the time perhaps but when you’re up against Beelzebub you might find yourself in a proper fix if similarly attired and no mistake! It’s covers like this that the word lurid was invented to describe.

Tagline time;

“If this was only a dream…. Why couldn’t she wake?”

I can’t answer that one except to say that if that’s what she went to bed wearing then she was asking for trouble!

The author Leo Brett was – you guessed it – a pseudonym, it was actually penned by Fanthorpe and fellow writer Harry O. Mansfield.

Black Infinity by Leo Brett
(Supernatural Special serial Number SN44)
This version was published in 1961 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Harry Fox

Badger - Brett Black Infinity

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 5

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It’s been a tough old week for one reason or another and so this Sunday morning I’ve been looking forward to my illicit liaison with a beloved Badger book all the more. This week’s title is by Leo Brett, a name which was a pseudonym for the good Reverend Fanthorpe and one of his many staff writing partners Harry O. Mansfield.

The cover is typically great Fox fare, everything about the astronaut’s suit is just brilliant especially the side trouser pockets, lovely black leather belt and that amazing capsule-like helmet. They just don’t make ’em like that any more! The surface of the planet also looks surprisingly like well laid flagstones or maybe even linoleum squares – is there a B&Q out in space?

The tagline on the front of the book reads;

“Out there beyond the planet something incredible was watching.”

And there it is looming large in the background – a sort of green furry something with shockingly bloodshot eyes and no discernible mouth (although it is partially obscured by the astronaut and therefore could resemble something like a Polo mint making it impossible to see.) What could this all mean? Well, there’s only one way to find out and that’s to dive in and reveal the secrets for myself which are no doubt hidden somewhere within these musty pages.

I hope that you enjoy the cover shot, let me know your thoughts over in the comments;

Power Sphere by Leo Brett
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The cover artist is H. Fox

Badger - Brett Power Sphere