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Charles Halstead was the first Psycho-Pirate, an enemy of the Justice Society of America.

Halstead was an employee of newspaper magnate Rex Morgan, but was always jealous of his success. Hoping to ruin his employers by playing on his emotions, he creates the persona of the Psycho-Pirate, who challenged the Justice Society to solving a number of crimes based around emotions. He used his position in Morgan's newspaper The Daily Courier to spread misinformation and fear for these plots.

The JSA split off into teams and took each of the crimes on. All plans were foiled, except one based on despair aimed at the Atom. Atom figured out who the Psycho-Pirate really was, and was promptly shot by the villain. Atom survived and informed the others, leading to Halstead being exposed and arrested.


  • Charisma: Halstead is an expert at manipulating people through psychology.

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-Two era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and no longer apply.
  • The Psycho-Pirate fought the Justice Society in two published tales during the Golden Age (All-Star Comics #23 and All-Star Comics #32). A third encounter was scripted by Gardner Fox and illustrated by the usual All-Star Comics artists, but was never published in the Golden Age; portions of the artwork were later published in fan magazines.[1]



  1. Alter Ego, vol. 2, no. 1 (Spring 1998), p. 11.

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