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

 

NON-SERIES Novels

Year 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

Year# TitleGenres & Tags

19341The Masked InvasionHero PulpsPulp Fiction
19342The Invisible EmpireHero Pulps
19343The Yellow ScourgeHero Pulps
19344The Melting DeathHero Pulps
19345Cavern of the DamnedHero Pulps
19346Master of Broken MenHero Pulps