Will Murray's Pulp Classics #10
James Christopher, Operator #5 Audiobook
#1 The Masked Invasion - April 1934
by Frederick C. Davis writing as Curtis Steele
Liner Notes by Will Murray
Before James Bond was ever imagined, Jimmy Christopher was the bravest, boldest and best-equipped secret agent any nation ever had!
From out of the pages of Operator #5 magazine steps a dramatic hero who pits himself against threats to national security from all origins. Whether it's subversive internal menace, or a full-scale invasion from an enemy land, James Christopher stood ready and resolute to defeat it.
In 1934, with Hitler consolidating power in Germany and the Japanese Empire on the rise in Asia, young pulp publisher Harry Steeger decided that the American public was ready for a magazine chronicling the exploits of an undercover agent dedicated to defending the United States from foreign aggressors. With his editors, Steeger came up with a title, Secret Service Operator #5, and a cover depicting a masked terrorist fleeing an exploding White House. Over this loomed the resourceful hero, blazing away with a .45 automatic. His job: to defeat a new invasion of the United States—every month!
James Christopher did not technically belong to the U. S. Secret Service. He was a top agent for an America's unnamed Intelligence Service. It was in his blood. His father, John Christopher, retired from the same agency years before. Answerable only to his superior, Z-7, and carrying a letter from the President of the United States identifying him as Operator #5, Jimmy Christopher played for keeps. He carried a rapier sewn into his belt, and in a golden skull hanging from his watch-chain was a reservoir of poison to be taken in the event of capture.
Aided by a small group of trusted assistants, ranging from his twin sister Nan to scrappy street urchin Tim Donovan, Jimmy Christopher was a one-man defense force. Proud and patriotic, expert marksman and swordsman, he was the best America has to offer in a time of severe trial.
Originally written by master pulpsmith Frederick C. Davis, the Operator #5 series was a clear forerunner of the spy and espionage genre, which exploded in the 1960s when President John F. Kennedy happened remark that he enjoyed reading Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. The first Bond film, Dr. No, was released in 1962. Soon, America was surrounded by spies. The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Our Man Flint, and Nick Carter, Killmaster were just a few of the most prolific. Jimmy Christopher was on the job a generation before them all, blazing the espionage trail, and keeping America safe from fascism and other wicked isms.
Invisible, secret, deadly, the Masked Empire wielded its dread power of darkness throughout the nation. Havoc and ruin followed the terror-torn thousands who fled the country to escape the Thirteenth Darkness. America, faced with certain disaster, placed her chance of survival in one man’s capable hands — and prayed that the warrior gods might smile once more upon the miracle man of her Secret Service — Jimmy Christopher!
Into this unprecedented crisis plunged Jimmy Christopher. Only one man, but a man who embodied the American spirit—and stands prepared to perish to protect his country.
James Christopher, Operator #5 is voiced by the talented Richard Epcar.
Chapter 1: The Silken Snare
Chapter 2: The Black Silence
Chapter 3: The Invisible Doom
Chapter 4: Silent Lightning
Chapter 5: A Toast to Doom
Chapter 6: Fool’s Bargain
Chapter 7: The Last Warning!
Chapter 8: The Golden Skull
Chapter 9: The Twelfth Darkness
Chapter 10: Tide of Terror
Chapter 11: Meeting at Midnight
Chapter 12: Loo Kong Strikes!
Chapter 13: Whisper of Death
Chapter 14: The Black Doom
Chapter 15: One Second Past Midnight
Chapter 16: The Darkness of Doom
Chapter 17: Screaming Hell
Chapter 18: The Masked Master
Chapter 19: Light!
“Operator #5 is one of my favorite pulp action series. In every adventure, the United States was invaded. And Jimmy Christopher had to defeat them single-handedly!”
Will Murray is the Series Producer for Will Murray's Pulp Classics line of Pulp Audiobooks and Pulp eBooks. Will is the author of over 50 novels in popular series ranging from "The Destroyer" to "Mars Attacks". His short stories have starred a host of culturally-significant characters, including Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Hulk, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Batman, the Green Hornet, the Spider, the Phantom, The Avenger, Sky Captain, Sherlock Holmes, Cthulhu, Honey West and the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, whom he created with artist Steve Ditko. Collaborating posthumously with the legendary Lester Dent, he has written to date over a dozen Doc Savage novels, with "Desert Demons" and "Horror in Gold" now available at www.adventuresinbronze.com. For National Public Radio, Murray adapted "The Thousand-Headed Man" for "The Adventures of Doc Savage" in 1985, and recently edited "Doc Savage: The Lost Radio Scripts of Lester Dent" for Moonstone Books. He is versed in all things pulp.
“I love Operator #5. Jimmy Christopher is a man of honor. He is not a womanizer or drinker, but he is highly intelligent and a master of many combat arts. I like the characters, they are fleshed out, and you really care about them. If you enjoy books that are action packed, full of suspense and intrigue, then you're going to love Operator #5.”
Richard Epcar is one of Hollywood’s most in demand Voice Over and acting talents. Well known to animation, gaming, and anime fans he has voiced over 300 characters in his career. Radio Archives is proud to feature Richard’s voice talents as Operator #5 in Will Murray's Pulp Classics audiobook series. As an actor he has appeared in many films including Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Broken Spirits and many others. On TV he has appeared on Cheers, Diagnosis Murder, Colombo, Days of Our Lives, Matlock, Beverly Hills 90210, General Hospital and others.
Richard is Batou in Ghost in the Shell and he's also featured in a new series from Nickelodeon, Legend of Korra. His video game credits include Skyrim: Elder Scrolls V, Kingdom Hearts, Transformers, Star Wars, Mortal Kombat, Modnation Racers, Mortal Kombat vs. D.C. Universe, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Dead Space, Star Craft, Red Faction Guerilla, Command & Conquer, Xenosaga, Guilty Gears, .Hack, League of Legends and World of Warcraft , to name only a few. Animation fans have heard his voice in Robotech, Bleach, Bobobo, X-Men, Macross Plus, The New Speed Racer, Rurouni Kenshin, Lupin the Third, Digimon, and Power Rangers.