Rick Carter worked as a "wildcat flier" in the Far East. While piloting his plane above Tibet, Carter drove off a party of bandits and earned the gratitude of their target, a shriveled old man. From this old man, Carter learned the secrets of illusion (but not true magic). Returning to the United States accompanied by the old man's servant, Sikhi, Carter became a magician under the stage name Mysto. After saving a person from a murder attempt, Carter turned to crime fighting.
- This version of Mysto, 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.
- Richard Carter was called, "Mysto, the Magician Detective" as a full name by the press. He later adapted his own alias to fit this image.
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