A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 54

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

It’s that time of the week to brew a nice cup of tea and pull out a Badger book from the shelves before settling down on the couch for some uninterrupted reading action. Today’s selection is by Pel Torro which is of course R. L. Fanthorpe and Harry O. Mansfield in disguise. Here comes the tagline;

They had waited since the Beginning, now the END was at hand

The cover is great and features some astronauts, a futuristic domed city and yet another one of Badger’s much loved disembodied heads ringed by a halo in the centre. I love the figure’s shoulder length locks and pointy goatee beard which makes him look more than a bit hippyish!

Best dive in now before my tea gets cold and read on. There’ll be more Badger goodness for your viewing pleasure next weekend so join me again then, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Through The Barrier by Pel Torro
(Serial Number SF91)
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - Torro, Through The Barrier

Torro, Through The Barrier (Back)

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

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

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)

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 45

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

For this Sunday’s pick from the Badger shelves I have decided to eschew the usual science fiction selection and delve into my small cache of Supernatural Specials. The book I have have chosen is by Pel Torro, more commonly known as R. L. Fanthorpe and Harry O. Mansfield writing as a duo. There are no individual taglines featured on this series of novels, each of them bearing only the ominous legend;

Strange, weird, eerie

Harry Fox provides another great cover for this one featuring three of his trademark disembodied heads floating above a woman beating a side drum. I also love the strangely childish sketch of a human skull on the rear cover which also proudly states;

“The Strange Ones” is a sophisticated masterpiece of the macabre, by one of today’s leading authors. It will appeal to every connoisseur of the weird and grotesque.

I am indeed a connoisseur of such things and so it’s time for me to dive headlong into this marvellously strange tome and find out what lies within its pages. I’ll be back with you soon to share yet another selection from the Badger shelves of my library so please feel free to join me again. Your comments are always appreciated.

The Strange Ones by Pel Torro
(Serial Number SN70)
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Harry Fox

Torro, The Strange Ones

Torro, The Strange Ones (Back)

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 35

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

I must apologise for my sporadic posts on Sundays, it’s this weather you see. This sticky fingered heat isn’t conducive to ideal reading conditions for me in general, particularly with the fan running at my side. It affects my concentration too and so I’m painfully aware I’ve missed a few weeks just recently, I hope to redress the balance in the coming weeks though and give you the Badger satisfaction I know all you regular Sunday readers crave!

This week then has been given over to a title by Pel Torro who is none other than R. L. Fanthorpe and Harry O. Mansfield writing in tandem. Incidentally, I do wonder how these books got written by two or more people, I can’t help but think it would be a major distraction to have someone else working on a book at the same time. Just a side thought really…

And so here’s that front cover tagline in all its glory;

The robot’s claws, the death gas… but there was worse to come

What could be worse than those two untimely ends I wonder! The cover is a beauty and one of the rare Badger titles to feature a named artist of the day – and it shows! The robot in question is fabulous, his helmet and outfit in general are stunning examples of sixties design… and those claws too, great stuff! Utterly brilliant work from the always reliable Ed Valigursky. The robot stands menacingly over his victim who appears to be struggling in a miasma of sickly yellow death gas vapours. And what of the mystery which is locked away in that great steel cylinder in the background? I’ll just have to read on to answer this question and others raised by the back cover blurb.

I do hope you enjoyed this return to the weird and wonderful world of Badger books, I promise I’ll be back next week whatever the weather throws at me with more of what you love with your Sunday roast. Comments are, as ever welcomed and encouraged. I’ve a feeling that robot will spur a few of you on to share your thoughts!

World Of The Gods by Pel Torro
(Serial Number SF45)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Ed Valigursky

Badger - Torro, World Of The Gods

World Of The Gods - Back

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

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

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 30

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

A sense of normality has finally descended on Unsubscriber Towers which means I can go about my usual Sunday business of drinking tea whilst curled up in my favourite chair with a Badger book. I’ve decided once again to venture onto the supernatural end of the shelf to choose this week’s title which is by Pel Torro – that’s R. L. Fanthorpe and Harry O. Mansfield to the uninitiated.

The intriguing tagline reads as follows;

Did the sinister stranger belong in the 20th Century?

The cover depicts a turbaned, goatee beard sporting magician brilliantly named The Great Jazro seemingly in a trace with his hands held mystically aloft. In the foreground is a young, rather terrified looking woman with a plunging neckline succumbing to the evil spell cast by this fiendish conjuror. Is she firmly in it’s grip or will she break free just in the nick of time? It’s definitely all very sinister looking.

Well, I feel compelled to open the book and begin reading this tale of the supernatural now and so I’ll bid you farewell. Join me again next week as ever for another selection from my bulging Badger shelf. Your thoughts are always welcome so feel free to leave a comment.

The Face Of Fear by Pel Torro
(Serial Number SN82)
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The cover artist is H. Fox

Badger - Torro, The Face Of Fear

Torro, The Face Of Fear (Back)

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 2

Rev Fanshawe Portrait

Last week (here in fact), I mentioned the sense of calm and serenity in the unsubscriber home on a Sunday when flipping through the pages of a good book by The Reverend or one of his many collaborators.

Today I have turned my attention to the following book; The Last Astronaut by Pel Torro which was the pseudonym used by Fanthorpe and another staff writer Harry O. Mansfield.

The cover on this one is just wonderful – a vengeful spaceman (complete with glass domed helmet and requisite baddies’ pointed beard) looks down on an average small town at twilight. But why, could that be the sleepy town where you live?

The tagline on the front of the book reads;

“He had come across a thousand galaxies, the last of the spacemen.”

Makes you shudder with anticipation of the thoughts of terrible revenge he could wreak against puny makind and the trail of devastation he would surely leave in his wake. I’ll leave it up to you to keep you guessing what ultimately occurs dear readers but one thing is for sure, The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe will always take you on a bumpy ride!

The Last Astronaut by Pel Torro
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The cover artist is H. Fox

Torro The Last Astronaut