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#0 The Nexus of All Realities (Doc Savage and the Man-Thing) This one has to come first. Use of the Nexus allows all the other adventures to take place: Theoretically...
#1 Kidnapped to Mongo (Doc Savage and Flash Gordon)
#2 From Beyond the Grave (Doc Savage and The Crow)
#3 Rock, Paper, Scissors (Doc Savage Helps Edward Scissorhands)
#4 Mad as A Hatter ( Doc Savage’s Trip to Wonderland)
#5 The Black Peril (Doc Savage and Captain Jack Sparrow)
#6 Dredd Justice (Doc Savage and Judge Dredd)
#7 One Tin Soldier (Doc Savage Aids Billy Jack)
#8 The Lion Man (Doc Savage and Vincent of Beauty and the Beast)
#9 The Shadow Walker (DocSavage’s Trip to Amber with Prince Corwin)
#10 Great Northern Railway (The Doc Savage of an Alternate Steampunk World)
#11 Rocky Roads (Doc Savage and Rocky Balboa)
#12 The Vampirella Vendetta (Doc Savage and Vampirella)
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.”
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!
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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
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…