The Crime Syndicate of America is a team of super-villains from Earth-Three, and are the evil counterparts of the Justice League of America. This team consisted of five loosely associated superpowered members who were able to largely conquer their world though they were never able to completely control it.
With the lack of other superpowered beings than these five, the Crime Syndicate were able to largely overwhelm the local police and military forces native to their own Earth. Finding less resistance to their excessive powers the five were able to basically control large portions of their Earth and became basically bored with their control of the planet.
Becoming more and more restless and unsatisfied with their open control, the Crime Syndicate of America was wholly enthusiastic of Ultraman's then latest emerging superpower, a dimensional scanning super-vision that revealed the existence of other realities. Arrogantly deciding that they would challenge the superpowered beings of these other realities and conquer these other worlds protected by these beings, the Crime Syndicate attacked the Justice Society of Earth-Two and Justice League of Earth-One. Deciding to challenge the heroes of the Earth One's Justice League and Earth-Two's Justice Society, the Crime Syndicate are defeated by their own arrogance thinking they could defeat TWO Earths' heroes groups, as well as the fact that the Crime Syndicate were not a tightly unified team themselves. Following this defeat, the Crime Syndicate were originally imprisoned in an unbreakable bubble generated by Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)'s power ring, and placed in a "limbo" dimension between the Earths.
Over the following years, the Syndicate or one of its members would occasionally escape and attempt to wreak havoc on many different Earths including their own native home.
The most notable escape involved Ultraman breaking free and joining with Alexei Luthor of Earth-Two and Lex Luthor of Earth-One who sought to overwhelm the residual controlling governments of Earth-Three and use it as the criminal Luthor's new base of operations. The open bloodthirsty Alexei sought to destroy his home Earth which allowed their Earth-Three counterpart Alexander Luthor, Sr. to bring the Earth-Two and Earth One Supermen to Earth-Three in order to stop them. The plan worked so well that Alexander decided to remain as the only superhero of Earth-Three to oppose Ultraman and the other members of the Crime Syndicate who would routinely escape from their prison.
This basic repeat of escape and recapture with Luthor, Sr. would continue until this Earth and its complete dimension was completely destroyed in the Crisis on Infinite Earths. All native life forms of the Earth Three dimension were destroyed during the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" save for Alexander Luthor, Jr..
- This version of Crime Syndicate of America (Earth-Three), including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
- The Flash and Atom of Earth-898 encountered a group closely resembling the Crime Syndicate of America. Their relationship to the original Crime Syndicate of America is unknown.
- While a version of the Crime Syndicate of America did appear in Convergence its Owlman had never had superpowers of any kind unlike the Earth-Three Owlman who expressly demonstrated a form of mind control.
- 32 Appearances of Crime Syndicate of America (Earth-Three)
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- Team Gallery: Crime Syndicate of America (Earth-Three)
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