As suddenly as Death, the bitter cold came, and with it, the armored tanks, sleek submarines, and mailed warriors of the invading legions! An international syndicate, fearing America's greatness and strength in war, had unleashed savage war-dogs to win the conflict before it fairly began. The greatest military genius of modern times commanded the enemy, and Operator #5 of the United States Secret Service - known to his dearest friends as Jimmy Christopher - was America's choice to oppose him.
A happy crowd, inspired by the spirit of Christmas, was milling joyously in Times Square, New York. Suddenly, cutting through the sounds of gaiety, came a shrill whine. It became louder, and at the very second of midnight, a gigantic shell exploded, killing, maiming, and destroying! At 12-hour intervals thereafter - no man knew in advance where - another shell burst devastatingly. Two great powers were openly accused in the newspapers.
Speeding through the silent blackness of the night, a long freight train was laden with a cargo more precious than fine gold - wheat! Then suddenly the hirelings of Apocryphos unleashed red destruction, and the great machine lay wrecked, its cars of priceless grain afire.... Another blow in the ruthless campaign that was driving a proud people, whimpering, to slavery - overwhelmed by the cruel pangs of hunger!
Chaos, confusion, and disintegration fall with swift, breathtaking disaster upon America! Already terrorized by a tottering, unstable world, American men and women are swept into a mad stampede when the great leaders of the nation are spirited away one by one to return as broken men, useless and inept. Here Jimmy Christopher - Operator #5 - sets forth on his most thrilling and dangerous exploit while the great brains of America surrender to madness and despair, as a leaderless people seethe in revolt against a government that is crumbling before their eyes.
James Christopher did not technically belong to the US 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.
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 13th 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! Jimmy Christopher, clean-cut, square-jawed and clear-eyed, was the star of the most audacious pulp magazines ever conceived - Operator #5.
Gold - the mineral which fosters war - threatened to plunge America into a chaos of revolt, misery, and death. In Washington, the fortified vaults of the nation's Treasury lay empty - stripped of wealth. A madman, obscured in mystery, his face concealed by a mask of the precious metal, had allied himself with powerful foreign magnates to deliver the United States into misery and bondage.
Mysterious happenings - cloudbursts in the arid desert, churches and skyscrapers horribly destroyed, priests and pastors oddly maddened, intelligence agents craftily slaughtered - all these heralded the attack on America by the Son of Kasma - spokesman for a vicious, Oriental cult. The populace flocked to the new religion in self-defense. Our country seemed helplessly doomed….
By plague and fire, bribery and chicanery, terrorism and extortion, the insane dictator Ursus Young has established himself as the supreme ruler of America. Who is left with sufficient strength to thwart him? Already, he has scattered far and wide the organization of which Operator #5, America's Secret Service Ace, forms so important a part. Against such tremendous, dictatorial power Jimmy Christopher finds himself battling with a desperation such as he has never felt before....
The first reports were incredible. Montezuma the Third, Emperor of the new born Aztec Empire, was slaughtering American troops with a deadly, new weapon...sacrificing captives to his ancient gods.... America seemed condemned to degrading slavery. Operator #5, Ace of the Secret Service, fought against overwhelming odds. And while the gods of a long-dead civilization revel in carnage, the very existence of the white race in America is apparently doomed...!
Men blanched at that name - the Scarlet Baron! Ambitious master of the united Underworld, he promised boundless riches for all! But Jimmy Christopher - Operator #5 of the Intelligence - understood the true purpose behind the new plague of rapine and murder. With the gallant Federal G-men slaughtered - with the Secret Service and militia admitting defeat - alone, wounded, and heartsick, Operator #5 seizes the very last chance to save our crime-beleaguered land from shameful serfdom!
A brawny coolie from the filthy waterfront of Hong Kong was Emperor of Asia and master of the vast reaches of Russia. Armed with mysterious new weapons which made the bravest man craven, he marched ruthlessly to conquer the world, and to win the proud daughter of the Muscovite nobility who scorned his amorous advances....
The most deadly weapon in history - a green mist that turned all it touched to flaming ruin - was ravaging America! Far off in Etoria, war-dog kingdom of the Mediterranean, a power-mad demagogue plotted the conquest of the world, and subjugating our land was his first wily move! While the United States government prepared to surrender humbly - while war scarred a thousand-mile front in Europe - Operator #5, Ace of the American Intelligence, alone, disgraced, challenged the might of the new Napoleon....
By land and by sea, the ferocious Yellow Hordes descend upon the United States, dealing destruction with new and horrifying weapons: with viscid poisons, with lethal gases, with flaming thermite - and with an invisible death-force more fearful, more annihilating than any weapon yet known to man.
No man could explain that death which struck from the stratosphere, turning men into statues, stripping the United States of defenses. Operator #5 - Ace of the American Secret Service - uncovered an espionage organization which was working against our country when Washington recaptured Yorktown, in 1781! But now, a madman with limitless ambition headed the Secret Loyalists, determined to make himself Emperor of America, and Operator #5 takes a million-to-one gamble which brings him face to face with disgrace and death!
Those strange, impassioned orators preached peace and the brotherhood of man - as they tongue-lashed their eager, duped recruits to brutal deeds, bloody violence, and suicide...while dull-witted authorities ridiculed Jimmy Christopher - Operator #5 of the Secret Service - the Dragon Emperor ruthlessly conquered New England....
A group of bitter men - a secret League of War - was ready to plunge the world into a new, Earth-wide conflict. They issued orders, and bloody organized murder was loosed in the heart of Europe! And behind this carnage, a single man was scheming to make himself the dictator of the world! Never before had a single person conceived such a colossal plan for profiting from the slaughter of humans. He had overcome all obstacles - except one lone avenger, Operator #5, America's Secret Service ace.
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 a subversive internal threat or a full-scale invasion from an enemy land, James Christopher stood ready and resolute to defeat it. They called him Operator #5: undercover agent, man of many identities, patriotic protector of America's sacred shores.
The mad emperor, warrior descendant of the ravagers of Asia, unleashed a new, horrible, ingenious weapon against the American people. While slant-eyed Mongols bent over a powerful death machine, about 1,000 miles away, the air became unbreathable! Men and women and children - all living things - gasped for life-giving oxygen, and with searing, heaving lungs, fell strangled by the mysterious, deadly element. Against these demoniacal hordes, one man alone - Operator #5 - struggles while red revolt and destruction blasts America!
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 a subversive internal threat, or a full-scale invasion from an enemy land, James Christopher stood ready and resolute to defeat it.