Authors > 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 stands out the most from Davis's Operator 5 series, is 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.

Featured Titles:

Hazzard: The Complete Series

The Fight Against the lawless Mark Hazzard, red-headed, fiery-tempered District Attorney of King's County was a man of the Law, but when the law didn't get justice, the guilty were then the prey for the Juggernaut of Justice and his own iron rules. Bucking the police and the underworld alike, Hazzard kept a secret that would send him to burn in the electric chair.

Genre: Detective Pulps


The Complete Cases of Keyhole Kerry

They know that whatever they're doing, right or wrong, will sooner or later come to the attention of Guy "Keyhole" Kerry, a wise-cracking, hard-charging journalist who knows all and tells most of it. Kerry's profession brings him into contact with all kinds of people, and the law of averages guarantees that some of them are better left alone. But Keyhole Kerry will risk anything for a scoop, even if it means becoming embroiled in murder mysteries and making himself a target

Genre: Dime Detective


Complete Adventures of the Moon Man, Volume 1

One of the strangest pulp heroes is finally available from Altus Press! Created by pulp fiction legend Frederick C. Davis for the pages of the ultra-rare title, Ten Detective Aces, the Moon Man fought the forces of the underworld in 38 unforgettable tales.

Year: 1933
Genre: Pulp FictionTen Detective Aces


The Invisible Empire

Unseen, impregnable, the strange war engine of a foreign power hovered over America, awaiting the fatal moment to hurl death upon a thousand cities and towns. Foredoomed to destruction and desolation before the ravaging hordes of the Yellow Empire, bleak despair gripped the nation's millions. And then men held their breath in agonizing hope-as Operator 5, single-handed, seized the last grim chance to save the United States.

Year: 1934
Genre: Hero Pulps


The Masked Invasion

Jmmy Christopher is Operator 5. In THE MASKED INVASION he fends off the Masked Empire, an organization that threatens the very existance of the United States as a democratic force. Originally printed in the April, 1934 issue of Operator 5 Magazine.

Year: 1934
Genre: Hero PulpsPulp Fiction


The Complete Cases of Bill Brent

Meet "Lora Lorne," the love advice columnist for the Recorder newspaper... in actuality, gruff reporter Bill Brent. Created by Frederick C. Davis, Brent stumbled through 16 stories published between 1941 and 1946 in the pages of Dime Detective.

Year: 1941
Genre: Dime Detective


Jun 02, 1902 -- Nov 28, 1977

Book Series

Stand Alone Novels

My Library
Own Read Rating WishYear TitleGenres & Tags

-- -- -- --Hazzard: The Complete SeriesDetective Pulps
-- -- -- --The Complete Cases of Keyhole KerryDime Detective
-- -- -- --1933Complete Adventures of the Moon Man, Volume 1Pulp FictionTen Detective Aces
-- -- -- --1933The Complete Cases of Secrets, Inc. Volume 1Dime Detective
-- -- -- --1941The Complete Cases of Bill BrentDime Detective


SERIES: Operator 5

My Library
Own Read Rating WishYear # Title Genres & Tags

-- -- -- --19341The Masked InvasionHero PulpsPulp Fiction
-- -- -- --19342The Invisible EmpireHero Pulps
-- -- -- --19343The Yellow ScourgeHero Pulps
-- -- -- --19344The Melting DeathHero Pulps
-- -- -- --19345Cavern of the DamnedHero Pulps
-- -- -- --19348The Green Death MistsActionAdventureHero Pulps
-- -- -- --19349Legions of StarvationHero Pulps
-- -- -- --193510The Red InvaderEspionageHero PulpsTerrorist
-- -- -- --193511League of War-MonstersHero Pulps
-- -- -- --193512Army of the DeadHero Pulps
-- -- -- --193513March of the Flame MaraudersHero Pulps
-- -- -- --193515Invasion of the Yellow WarlordsHero Pulps
-- -- -- --193516Legions of the Death MasterHero Pulps
-- -- -- --193517Hosts of the Flaming DeathHero Pulps
-- -- -- --193518Invasion of the Crimson Death CultHero Pulps
-- -- -- --193519Attack of the Blizzard MenHero Pulps
-- -- -- --193520Scourge of the Invisible DeathHero Pulps