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OPERATOR #5 Pulp
April 1934; 1st issue; Classic Rozen painted cover - giant Operator 5 shoots at masked villain over exploding White House; "The Masked Invasion" - Frederick C. Davis stories begin; Interior art by Rudolph Belarski; rare
crm/light tan pgs; complete spine w/ some stress; slight stain on back cover; very sharp color on front cover
A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
FN-: 5.5
(Stock Image)
SOLD ON:  Thursday, 02/10/2022 6:08 PM
$2,152.80
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PUBLISHER: Popular Publishing Co.
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April 1934; 1st issue; Classic Rozen painted cover - giant Operator 5 shoots at masked villain over exploding White House; "The Masked Invasion" - Frederick C. Davis stories begin; Interior art by Rudolph Belarski; rare
crm/light tan pgs; complete spine w/ some stress; slight stain on back cover; very sharp color on front cover
A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
Released in April 1934, this first issue of Operator #5 introduced the world to the eponymous pulp hero Operator #5. Set in a world where the Great Depression never ended and America is constantly under siege by evil empires, Operator #5 investigates and defends the country from evildoers. Operator #5 would go on to feature heavily serialized storylines, with plot arcs carrying from one issue to the next, an unusual feature for a 1934 hero pulp. This title would go on to become a staple hero pulp, with nefarious strange evildoers, beautiful Good Girl damsels in distress, inventive assistants, and a uniquely capable everyman-detective-adventurer protagonist. Operator #5 would last for years and become a popular and unique title.
This issue features a classic painted Rozen cover, with a giant Operator 5 shooting at a masked villain, as the White House explodes and crowds run away in terror. Hero pulps like this would go on to heavily influence the burgeoning comic book medium and superhero genre. Characters like Operator 5 inspired iconic characters like Batman and Captain America. This is a rare issue and a major first appearance, making for an all-time classic pulp.

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This copy of the April 1934 Operator #5 first issue earned a 5.5 FN- grade. With cream to light tan pages and a complete spine with some stress, this is a great copy of a rare first issue and first appearance. The front cover looks so vibrant, especially the clean radiant yellow Operator #5 title. The iconic image of a giant Operator #5 has never looked prettier than it does here. With such glossy cover, no one would guess that this book is almost 90 years old. Introducing the pulp hero Operator #5 and launching a long running title, this is a key pulp. It is featured alongside an entire run of the title in this second Pulp Auction, with many other high-grade copies. This is a perfect book for old-school Operator #5 fans looking to upgrade their copies, as well as new pulp collectors looking for a great copy of a classic first issue.