Greetings from The Raven!

Mar. 24, 2021

Doc Savage has been shot down and left for dead along the side of a country road. Doc is a skilled Doctor and world-class surgeon, and he realizes that he is unlikely to recover from his wounds. Then there is a sound of wings and a crow lands in the tree above him. And a pale-faced,  leather-clad young man approaches. “Let’s get you up from there, friend. It isn’t your hour.”

Mar. 22, 2021

Ming the Merciless has kidnapped a hero from the past, Doc Savage, whom he hopes to force to capture Flash Fordon for him. But Doc Savage is no man's plaything and has seen his share of megalomaniacs trying to rule a planet by force. Now Ming has two fearsome foes: Flash Gordon and the Man of Bronze!

Mar. 14, 2021

Please note all images are owned by their creators used both with and without permission, and I claim no copyright of any kind. These are meant to be for fun only.  But some would make excellent stories at that!

To make all of my stories feasible, my first has Doc meet the unspeakable Man-Thing, guardian of the Nexus of All Realities. After helping the mystic creature win a furious battle for Dark Water, Doc is granted access to the Nexus on occasion.

The adventures become a "What-If this had happened?" series

 

Jul. 16, 2020

Operator 5 #1 The Masked Invasion by Fredrick C Douglas writing as Curtis Steele

First appearing in 1934, Operator 5 was Jimmy Christopher, a young member of the Secret Service often known as the most valuable agent in the United States. Christopher is strangely known to be Operator 5, yet maintains a secret identity as Carlton Victor, photographer to the rich and famous. The character is complete with a studio, an apartment, and even a butler named Crowe!

Recurring characters include Operator 5’s dad, former agent John Christopher, his twin sister Nan, sidekick kid Tim Donavan, Nan’s boyfriend Nick, Jimmy’s girlfriend Diane Elliot, his boss Z-7 and others.

Most of the stories involve the United States being attacked on the home front by various foreign armies, sometimes with devastating results.

The Masked Invasion was published in April 1934

There are periods of absolute darkness plaguing the country. Where that darkness falls, all power shuts down. There is no electricity. Cars, trains, and even planes have their motors go instantly dead. But silently cars of white masked men leave chaos in their wake.

Operator 5 has traced a man connected with the scarlet masked master of the darkness at a high level. He has been given fair warning: “Wise men flourish. Fools Perish!”

It takes time to get into the flow of the narrative, but it can be an enjoyable read. It has the usual overblow action of a pulp, the larger-than-life characters, the science-gone-mad, and the hidden villain. I thought they really did well on that last account.

I will never like Operator 5 as well as I do other pulp heroes, but this isn’t a bad read. I’ll give it four stars.

Quoth the Raven…

Jul. 16, 2020

Operator 5 #2 The Invisible Empire by Fredrick C Davis writing as Curtis Steel

First appearing in 1934, Operator 5 was Jimmy Christopher, a young member of the Secret Service often known as the most valuable agent in the United States. Christopher is strangely known to be Operator 5, yet maintains a secret identity as Carlton Victor, photographer to the rich and famous. The character is complete with studio, apartment, and even a butler named Crowe!

Recurring characters include Operator 5’s dad, former agent John Christopher, his twin sister Nan, sidekick kid Tim Donavan, Nan’s boyfriend Nick, Jimmy’s girlfriend Diane Elliot, his boss Z-7 and others.

Most of the stories involve the United States being attacked on the home front by various foreign armies, sometimes with A results.

The Invisible Empire was published in May 1934

Planes are falling from the sky with gashes that look like claw marks. A piolet is found frozen solid at the controls of a plane that he apparently landed! A man and his boat vanish, the boat showing up one place and the frozen body of the man over a hundred miles away!

What kind of power lurks in the clouds? Why can none of the United States’ planes or anti-aircraft batteries come close to returning the death from the sky?

Jimmy Christopher hears whispers about Atlantis. But this one isn’t a lost island in the Atlantic. It is something in the sky, something almost beyond imagination. And something in the control of the Yellow Empire, currently at war with the US.

This second adventure I think is better than the first. The Atlantis is just the kind of war machine I would expect the pulps to come up with. The hidden villain isn’t as hidden, but the writing is better.

I give it four and ½ stars.

Quoth the Raven…