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Frederick C. Davis

Frederick C. Davis was responsible for the first twenty Operator 5 stories. However, his pulp writing career had a number of other credits as well. The list included the famous Moon Man series for Ten Detective Aces, a number of long running characters in Dime Detective as well as other Popular Publications magazines as well. He would later move on to hardback fiction. Mr. Davis brought a unique style to the Operator 5 series. These stories had strong plots, plenty of action, consistent dialog, and loose ends always seemed to come to closure by the stories end. Mr. Davis often used factual information as the basis for his stories and often provided detailed footnotes. It has been reported that with careful research, one could even find the original newspaper headlines that had influenced Operator 5 stories.

Mr. Davis' novels also had a number of pertinent warnings and foresight into the future. Whether he is describing a type of weapon with similar characteristics as the neutron bomb, or the nation's risk of dependency on foreign oil supplies, his story lines hold more than enough factual implications to make the plot believable.

What may stand out the most from Davis's Operator 5 series, may be that the characters where very clean cut. Jimmy was always calm, cool, and collected. The family was a tight nit group, and the language and tone was equally clean. This gives some of the stories a G rating feeling, yet, this did not stand in the way of wholesale murder, slaughter, and general all around devastation.

Ultimately, the frantic pace of a novel/invasion every month got to Frederick Davis and he resigned from the Operator 5 series, but continued his pulp writing career for Popular Publications.

 

Blood Reign of the Dictator by Curtis Steele

From the pages of the March, 1935 issue of Operator 5:

A TYRANT'S BLADE hovered over a bewildered nation, and literally over the helpless form of lovely Diane Elliot, beloved protegee of the one man whose heroic stature might save the U.S. from utter capitulation t ... read more

 

Operator 5: Invasion of the Crimson Death Cult: Reprint by Curtis Steele

Kasma, baleful divinity from the wastes of Asia, had laid his blighting curse upon America. All who opposed him came to ghastly ends: amnesia, madness and screaming, agonizing death -- for the cult of Kasma enforced its dread dictate with a new, deadly weapon, unseen, unheard, ... read more

 

Operator 5: The Army of the Dead: Reprint by Curtis Steele
Operator #5, America's Secret Service Ace, appeared in 48 novels in the classic pulp magazine bearing his name. From April 1934 to November 1939, Jimmy Chistopher fought villains from inside the United States and invaders from without.

With World War II looming on ... read more

 

Replica: Operator 5: Army of the Dead ( March 1935 ) by Curtis Steele

In the mining district, the dead were being returned to life! From coast to coast -- in tiny villages and in sumptuous apartments on Park Avenue -- every one was talking of it eagerly. Untold thousands were worshipping the man who could free them from the greatest of all human ... read more

 

Replica: Operator 5: Hosts of the Flaming Death: Aug 1935 by Curtis Steele

Gold -- a nations strength in war and peace -- had been completely looted from the Treasury in Washington by an octopus like international syndicate. A mysterious madman -- more cunning even then death -- captained the ruthless spy crew which was sucking the life-blood from ou ... read more

 

Replica: Operator 5: Invasion of the Crimson Death Cult: Sept. 1935 by Curtis Steele

Kasma, baleful divinity from the wastes of Asia, had laid his blighting curse upon America. All who opposed him came to ghastly ends: amnesia, madness and screaming, agonizing death -- for the cult of Kasma enforced its dread dictate with a new, deadly weapon, unseen, unheard, ... read more

 

Replica: Operator 5: League of War Monsters (Feb. 1935) by Curtis Steele

A group of bitter men--a secret League of War--was ready to plunge the world into a new, earth-wide conflict. They issued orders, and bloody organized murder was loosed in the heart of Europe! And behind this carnage, a single man was scheming to make himself the Dictator of ... read more

 

Replica: Operator 5: March of the Flame Marauders: April 1935 by Curtis Steele

Jimmy Christopher -- known to a few as Operator 5 of the Secret Service -- had forseen the dark day when oil, the black blood of commerce, would be exhausted. Now it was needed desperately to fuel American airplanes, tanks and battleships; it was as essential as men or arms in ... read more

 

Replica: Operator 5: Scourge of the Invisible Death: Nov. 1935 by Curtis Steele

It was announced as the greatest display of aerial strength in all history. Millions of Americans awaiting the President's signal, the sight of soaring aircraft parading the nation's power in arms. But something unforeseen -- something ghastly -- had happened.

A dea ... read more

 

Replica: Operator 5: The Invisible Empire May 1934 by Curtis Steele
Operator 5 Magazine, May, 1934

Jimmy Christopher, along with his father, ex-Operator Q-6 and his faithful sidekick, Timmy Donovan, must seek and destroy an invisible air-borne fortress aiming to destroy the United States, and bring the entire country into t ... read more

 

 

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