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!
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.
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.
From the April, 1934 issue of Operator #5 magazine comes The Masked Invasion. Read by 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!
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. 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.