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Operator 5: America's Undercover Ace

Operator 5


Jimmy Christopher, America's Undercover Ace, also known as Operator 5, was the main character of the self titled Operator 5 magazine published by Popular Publications. From April, 1934 to November, 1939, forty-eight issues in total, Jimmy Christopher fought and lead American forces into battle against threats to destroy America.

During the 1930's Americans where deeply shaken by the Great Depression, they still remembered the nightmares of World War One, and they began to see the new nightmares starting to develop into what would be World War Two. As threats of espionage and terrorism on American soil began to increase, so did the fears that America itself was not beyond the reach of tyranny, invasion, and occupation.

America turned to a fictional character, Jimmy Christopher, known as Operator 5 of the U.S. Secret Service, to face the all too real threats of U.S. invasion and lead Americans out of the present gloom and into the sunshine of victory.

This site provides the Internet Generation an opportunity to turn back the clock and re-visit America during a horrific time in world history. Jimmy Christopher leads us on exciting, action packed adventures where science combines with the evil forces of militaristic armies and spies based on world domination.

Here is Chapter One from The Melting Death.

Operator 5 bibliography

Audio Book: Operator 5: The Invisible Empire by Curtis Steele

Unseen, impregnable, the strange war engine of a foreign power hovered over America, waiting 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 t ... read more


Audio Book: Operator 5: TheYellow Scourge by Curtis Steele

Once again, James Christopher, known in the secret archives of Washington as Operator #5, is called on to battle a deadly threat to American freedom in Curtis Steele's The Yellow Scourge! This time, the treacherous criminal nation he defeated in The Invisible Empire has ... read more


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: Libertys Suicide Legions by Curtis Steele

Operator 5 in the Purple Invasion series

In the far reaches of High Asia, the Purple Empire had set up its factories and smelters, to forge the most powerful weapon yet devised in military history. That weapon was a fleet of super-dreadnoughts equipped with a s ... 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


Operator 5: Winged Hordes of the Yellow Vulture by Curtis Steele
Over the western part of the United States fell the dark, terrible cloud of the most incredible invasion in history. Before this inhuman, scientific attack of Asia's barbaric army, Americans died agonizingly in a deliberately released leprosy plague!

As one great we ... read more


Replica: Operator 5: Americas Plague Battalions: Dec 1936 by Curtis Steele

Thrilling Feature-Length Novel of America's Undercover Ace

The United States forces have been driven to their last, desperate stronghold before the blood-maddened ruthless hordes of the self-styled emperor, Rudolph I, even as a courageous but blind nation, wrapped in ... 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: Army Without a Country (Sept-Oct) by Curtis Steele

A war-torn, crumbling nation rallies itself to meet the last grim challenge of the Purple Invaders -- while civilization crumbles about the defenders' heads! A book-length novel of the Purple Invasion.

America's Defenders wavered at the Divide before those trenches ... read more


Operator 5 E-Books Acrobat Format

Operator 5: Cast of Characters: Jimmy Christopher

From The Masked Invasion Jimmy Christopher's face, even when masked by the black velvet, was cleanly chiseled, his eyes bright blue and flashing with the alertness of youth. His forehead was high, his chin firmly determined. He was in his early twenties, yet there was an unshakable confidence in his bearing that added stature to his years. His manner was briskly business-like; and yet, deep in his eyes, a cloudy blackness masked his thoughts.

Operator 5: Cast of Characters: Tim Donovan

Tim Donovan is Operator 5's assistant and close friend. Although Tim is but a young boy, his street smarts and young appearance allow for him too go unnoticed where others would be detected. Tim has the honor of being the only character other than Jimmy Christopher to appear in every novel.

Operator 5: Cast of Characters: Diane Elliot

Diane Elliot is the star reporter for the Amalgamated Press. Constantly after the big story, her path often crosses that of Operator 5 during times of crisis. Over the series, Diane and Jimmy become close friends and she often plays a critical role in the adventure.

Operator 5: Cast of Characters: John Christopher

John Christopher, although retired from the American Intelligence, often comes to the aid of his son to play a role in the organization of America's defenses.

From The Masked Invasion :

Jimmy Christopher crossed toward a man sitting in a huge easy chair, near a glowing fireplace. This was his father, John Christopher, once known as Operator Q-6 of the American Intelligence, now retired. There was a bullet embedded in John Christopher's body so close to the heart that no surgeon had ever dared attempt to remove it, and that bullet had ended Q-6's last case. His hand clasped his son's firmly.

Operator 5: Cast of Characters: Nan Christopher

Nan is Jimmy's twin sister and often particpates in the resolution of the crisis at hand. Many times, when Jimmy is under close surveilance by the enemy, Nan will deceive all by disguising as Operator 5 and leading the enemy away. Even if it does mean immediate capture by the enemy!

From The Masked Invasion:

A remarkable similarity of face characterized them. Nan Christopher was utterly feminine, her blonde hair waved softly about her face; her lips were red and full, her eyes the same warm blue as her brother's; and yet they seemed one. Their age was the same; they were twins. More than once Nan Christopher had garbed herself in her brother's clothes and, lowering her voice, fooled their closest friends.

Operator 5: Cast of Characters: Z-7

Z-7 is the man who is head of Chief of Intelligence. His responsibility is to coordinate the efforts of the Secret Service. During times of crisis, he delegates all operational control over to Operator 5 and acts as the offical liason between Operator 5 and the White House.

Not much else is known of this mysterious man, except for this description:

Into the light strode a man garbed in gray, his hair raven-black, his eyes shining with the deep brilliance of black diamonds.