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The Crime Society of America from 52 Week 52, art breakdowns by Keith Giffen.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Justice League of America #29 (1964)
Created by Gardner Fox
Mike Sekowsky
In story information
Type Dimension
Notable people Alexander Luthor, Jr.
Crime Syndicate of America
Notable races Humans

Earth-Three is a fictional alternate universe set in the DC Comics Universe. It is the Earth of an alternate reality in the DC Multiverse. It first appeared in Justice League of America #29 (1964).

Publication history[edit]

1964–1985: Original concept[edit]

The Crime Syndicate of America from Justice League of America Vol. 1 #207, art breakdowns by George Pérez.

Earth-Three was introduced by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky in a 1964 issue of Justice League of America. Earth-Three's history is depicted as a mirror image to that of the Earth we know.[1] On Earth-Three, Christopher Columbus was an American who discovered Europe; England (a colony of America) won freedom in a reversed form of the Revolutionary War (with Washington surrendering his sword to Cornwallis); and President John Wilkes Booth was assassinated by actor Abraham Lincoln. Crucially, Earth-Three was home to an analogue to the Justice League, the Crime Syndicate of America.[1]

The Crime Syndicate would recur as powerful enemies of the Justice League until DC's 1985 company-wide crossover, Crisis on Infinite Earths. Crisis revealed that Lex Luthor, here called Alexander Luthor, is the only superhero on an Earth otherwise occupied entirely by villains, most of whom are reversed analogues of heroes on other DC Earths.[2] Earth-Three is destroyed by waves of antimatter in the opening scenes of the series. The sole survivor is the son of Alexander and Lois Lane Luthor, Alexander Luthor, Jr.[2] At the conclusion of the series, all other worlds in the Multiverse were merged.

1992–2011: Anti-matter Earth, new Multiverse[edit]

DC used Crisis on Infinite Earths to simplify its complex continuity and multiverse into a single narrative set on a single universe, not counting the antimatter universe which was integral to the story of how the Green Lantern villain Sinestro acquired his powers. Editorial mandate initially meant stories featuring the Crime Syndicate were entirely unavailable to writers, but DC later attempted to reintroduce the Crime Syndicate without the setting of Earth-Three in 1992's Justice League Quarterly #8, which featured a group of aliens from the planet Qward (the antimatter counterpart of Oa) who functioned as "more powerful" Justice League analogues.

This first attempt at bringing back the Crime Syndicate did not stick, and the principle concept behind Earth-Three would be revisited in Grant Morrison's JLA: Earth 2. Morrison recast much of Earth-Three's history as that of the Antimatter Universe's own version of Earth, which is home to the Crime Syndicate of America. He makes notable departures to this formula however, by presenting this world as the product of an alternate history and by reimagining various Crime Syndicate members (for example, by recasting Owlman as Batman's brother Thomas Wayne, and by recasting Ultraman not as the alien Kal-El but a human astronaut who acquires Kryptonian abilities). At the end of JLA: Earth-2, Amerika had launched a nuclear strike on London, against Britain's independence movement.

In Superman/Batman Annual #1, three members of this Crime Syndicate of Amerika—Ultraman, Owlman, and Superwoman—appear on the main DC Earth, along with an unnamed antimatter doppelganger of Deathstroke (whose behavior, including humorous breaking of the fourth wall, and powers are exactly the same as Marvel Comics' Deathstroke parody Deadpool) hired to protect Bruce Wayne. The story supposedly takes place as the first time Superman and Batman figure out each other's identities and matches Batman, Superman, and Deathstroke against their respective antimatter selves. It should be noted, however, that the story is being told by Mr. Mxyzptlk, and may therefore be completely untrue.

In the final issue of the 52-issue weekly series 52 in 2007, a new Multiverse is revealed, originally consisting of 52 parallel realities. Among the parallel realities shown is one designated "Earth-3". As a result of Mister Mind "eating" aspects of this reality, it takes on visual aspects of the pre-Crisis Earth-Three.[3] The Earth-3 concept was not heavily explored after this, but does figure in a couple of issues of 52‍ '​s follow-up weekly series, Countdown to Final Crisis (2007–8). The name of the new Earth-3 team is revealed to be the Crime Society of America. The Crime Society are considered to be evil versions of the heroes of Earth-2, acting as a new Golden Age counterpart to the Antimatter Earth.[4] A hero known as the Jokester operates in this universe, as later do the Riddler, Three-Face (Evelyn Dent), and Duela Dent. In Countdown #31 the version of Zatanna (Annataz Arataz) from this world was used by Superman-Prime to keep Mister Mxyzptlk in check. Based on comments by Grant Morrison, this alternate universe is not the pre-Crisis Earth-Three.[5] Despite the return of the DC Multiverse and the creation of a new Earth-3, the Antimatter Earth still exists in Qward, acting as an inverted microcosm of New Earth. The pre-established Crime Syndicate of Amerika from the Antimatter Universe were then featured heavily in Trinity, DC's third year-long weekly series.

2013–present: The New 52[edit]

DC again rebooted its continuity in 2011 as part of The New 52. In 2013, the "Trinity War" crossover event reintroduces Earth-3. It is mentioned as the home of true evil and of the Crime Syndicate and that it was destroyed by an unknown entity. The Crime Syndicate is largely modeled after Morrison's, with the introduction of new characters, and by re-envisioning Ultraman once again as an alien with an origin story which more closely parallels Superman's. In the closing scenes of "Trinity War", Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman, Johnny Quick, Power Ring, Deathstorm, Alfred Pennyworth and Atomica reveal themselves to the Justice League of New Earth. Sea King also inhabited Earth-3, but quickly died after passing through the gateway to New Earth.[6] An Earth-3 version Martian Manhunter is also revealed to exist.[7] Alexander Luthor, who can become Mazahs, is also from Earth-3, and an enemy of the Crime Syndicate.[8] The offcial site of DC Comics describes Earth-Three as a world where the values of "good" and "evil" are reversed, with "evil" being the way of the world. [9]

Characters[edit]

Earth-Three[10]
(1964-1985/2007-2011)
Anti-matter Earth
(1992–2011)
Earth-3
The New 52
(2011–present)
Notes New Earth / Prime Earth
counterpart
Ultraman Lieutenant Clark Kent/Ultraman Kal-Il/Clark Kent/Ultraman Similar to the story of Superman, the Ultraman was sent from the planet Krypton to Earth-Three where he first encountered Kryptonite in outer space which began to change him into a super-powerhouse possessing vast powers and abilities. Upon reaching adulthood, he renamed himself Ultraman and began a life of conquest and destruction. It would be during his conquering that he encountered four other superpowered beings who would all loosely gather together in various schemes to overtake their world and become the Crime Syndicate of America. His real name is unknown.
  • Following 52, another version of the character appeared, apparently being killed by quantum energy unleashed from Monarch, in the Earth-51 dimension, along with his entire team, the Crime Society.

The antimatter Ultraman was a human astronaut, whose ship was imploded into hyperspace and an unknown alien race reconstructed Kent in an attempt to repair the damaged astronaut, which ended up altering the human both mentally and physically, giving him ultrapowers. The process also twisted his mind. Ultraman's power relies on his proximity and exposure to a substance called Anti-Kryptonite; the longer and farther he is separated from it, the weaker he becomes. Ultraman is unhappily married to his Crime Syndicate teammate Superwoman.

  • Another version of the character was brought to the New Earth universe by Mixyezpitelik in order to specifically help the Superman of that universe to defeat the Megistus. He later died in Final Crisis.

In the New 52, Ultraman comes from a version of Krypton whose people worship strength and despise weakness. When he arrives on Earth, he decides to blend into society until he is ready to conquer the planet, and puts into slavery a young abusive couple of drug addicts, but when he turns seven, he murders them and burns down their farm. As Clark Kent and later on Ultraman, he went on to found the Crime Syndicate and take over the world. Ultraman values strength and selfishness, and hates weakness and altruism. At some point, Ultraman apparently renamed Metropolis "Ultropolis". After Earth-3 was devastated by the same being that destroyed Krypton, Ultraman led the Crime Syndicate to the main DC Earth to conquer it. This version of Ultraman is empowered by Kryptonite (and even snorts it like a drug) and is hurt by sunlight. After being defeated by the Justice League, Ultraman is in the custody of the authorities.

Superman
Owlman Thomas Wayne, Jr./Owlman Owlman is an unnamed super-intelligent supervillain and a member of the criminal organization known as the Crime Syndicate of America. In some of his appearances, Owlman also had the ability to briefly control other people's minds, though it is unclear how he acquired this ability. He was also able to see in the dark. He developed artificial devices to enhance his mental abilities, most notably the large reflective owl eyes in his helmet which he uses as a focusing transmitter onto his target.
  • Following 52, another version of the character appeared. In The Search for Ray Palmer: Crime Society, he was shown to be killed by the Jokester with the his boot on Owlman's throat. Based on statements and illustrations in this same book, it is stated one of earlier Talons succeeded the old Owlman.
    A young new Owlman (Jason Todd's counterpart) with a different costume and helmet later appears in the same book battling the Jokester. This Owlman appears again in Countdown #31, assisted by a team referred to as the Crime Society. He was apparently killed by quantum energy unleashed from Monarch, in the Earth-51 dimension, along with the rest of his teammates.

In the antimatter universe, Thomas Wayne, Jr. was the older brother of that reality's Bruce Wayne. Young Bruce was killed along with his mother by a policeman when Thomas, Sr., the Commissioner of GCPD, refused to accompany him for questioning. Thomas, Jr., escaped the crime and grew up to become Owlman, a master criminal and an ally to Boss Gordon. Equipping himself with a utility belt containing technology and weapons, along with possessing a drug-enhanced high intellect, Owlman became a master criminal. While Ultraman is the leader of the Syndicate, Owlman is the real brains behind the group. Further complicating things is the fact that Thomas, Jr., has carried on a longtime affair with Ultraman's wife Superwoman. Ultraman is aware of the affair, but due to Thomas, Jr., having undisclosed photographic blackmail material against the villain, he is unable to seek retribution against Owlman for the betrayal.

In the New 52, Thomas, Jr. had planned with his servant, Alfred, the murder of his parents so he can inherit all of the Wayne fortune before their parents throw all of their money away. Alfred eventually fulfilled the plan, killing his, father, mother and young Bruce. After that, Thomas Wayne, Jr. had become the richest boy in Gotham City. He grew up to become Owlman and he eventually joined the Crime Syndicate. He had a secret affair with Ultraman's wife and teammate Superwoman. Thomas later took under his wing, Richard Grayson, and he eventually became his sidekick, Talon. He along with the rest of the Crime Syndicate moved to the main DC Earth to conquer it. After being defeated by the Justice League, Owlman is mentioned to still be at large.

Batman[a]
Superwoman Lois Lane/Superwoman
Similar to the story of Wonder Woman, Super-Woman was a known Amazon and has all the powers and abilities of the Amazons. Though, her golden lasso could change shape into any form she desired, including a giant winged serpent. But this Amazon was a renegade who left Paradise Island on her own accord after finding out about the outside world. It was also known that the Amazons never tried to recall her back from the outside world despite all the intervening years Super-Woman was active.
  • Following 52, another version of the character appeared, as a member of the Crime Society. This Superwoman is indeed Lois Lane and Ultraman's wife, like her antimatter counterpart. She was apparently killed by quantum energy unleashed from Monarch, in the Earth-51 dimension, along with the rest of her teammates.
In the antimatter universe, taking the alias Lois Lane, Superwoman is an Amazon by birth as she was born on Damnation Island, and has risen through the ranks to become the chief editor of the Daily Planet in what she calls "Patriarch's World". A lot of her employees seem to despise her, especially Cat Grant, who usually calls her names behind her back. It is mentioned that she had murdered all of her fellow Amazons. A compliant sexual deviant, Jimmy Olsen does what she tells him in exchange for the favor of watching when she changes her outfit and receiving pieces of it for his "disguise kit". Superwoman has also joined the Crime Syndicate. She is married with teammate Clark Kent/Ultraman, who hates Superwoman's frigidity towards him, while carrying on a torrid affair with Owlman, and they sneak trysts whenever they feel Ultraman is not watching. Her magic lasso is able to release the inhibitions of anyone tied with it and she also possesses heat vision.

In the New 52, Superwoman/Lois Lane along with the remaining Syndicate members arrive on Prime Earth to conquer it. Her true past and identity are still a total mystery. She carries the lasso of submission, which compels the tied individual to obey and love the wielder. She is pregnant and engaging in a secret affair with Owlman, while being married to Ultraman. It was finally revealed that Superwoman is in a relationship with the crazed Alexander Luthor. She betrays Ultraman and the Syndicate, revealing she and Luthor are carrying a child who is prophesied to bring an end to the world. After being defeated by the Justice League, she is placed in captivity. Immune to Wonder Woman's lasso of truth she does not reveal any information.

Wonder Woman
Johnny Quick Jonathan Allen/Johnny Quick Most of Johnny Quick's history is unrevealed. What is known is that the person who would assume the identity of Johnny Quick is that he was born with an enhanced speed and later found a helmet that allowed him to focus his considerable speed into far greater levels. With the extra speed granted by the use of the helmet and adopting the name of "Johnny Quick" he began his lifelong career of criminal conquest. It would be during his attacks that he joined in the loose partnership with the other four super-powered beings on Earth-Three and founded the organization known as the Crime Syndicate of America. His real name is unknown.
  • Following 52, another version of the character appeared, as a member of the Crime Society. He was apparently killed by quantum energy unleashed from Monarch, in the Earth-51 dimension, along with the rest of his teammates.

In the antimatter universe, Johnny (Wally West's counterpart) receives his powers by injecting himself with a drug called "Speed Juice". He is hopelessly addicted to it and goes into massive physical withdrawal without it. As part of the Tribute the world's leaders present the Crime Syndicate with on a regular basis, they supply Quick with fresh supplies of his drug, sometimes altered to be more euphoric. His real name is unknown.
Johnny had a predecessor (Barry Allen's counterpart), whom he killed and whose blood was used to create the drug. In Justice League of America #51, Jesse Chambers says "This Johnny Quick has my father's face", implying that the name is more than coincidence and that her father and the former Antimatter Johnny Quick (Barry Allen's counterpart) are genetically the same person.

In The New 52, Johnny Quick is one of the members of the Crime Syndicate to arrive on Prime Earth in order to conquer it. He was a high-profile criminal, on the run with his equally criminal girlfriend, Rhonda Pineda. Together they have committed several crimes, many of them against police officers like Detective Mardon, Sergeant Scudder and Officer Walker. "Johnny and Rhonnie", as they were known, ended up cornered on the roof of S.T.A.R. Labs during a storm, after being chased by two police officers, Snart and Rory. Lightning hit a satellite, electrocuting Johnny, causing him to gain his powers.[6] After that he and his now also empowered girlfriend, joined the Syndicate and became a supervillain. Once on Prime Earth, when Lex Luthor's team infiltrates the fallen Watchtower, Johnny Quick joins in the fight against them where Captain Cold uses his freeze gun to freeze Johnny Quick's leg and break it off. Then when Alexander Luthor from Earth-3 is freed, he kills Johnny Quick and steals his powers.[8]

The Flash
Power Ring Joseph Harrolds/Power Ring Harold Jordan/Power Ring He was actively seeking out mystical power for some reason and found it when a mad monk gave him a lamp and a matching ring of unlimited power. Accepting the lamp and ring this man would begin his career as Power Ring. Over the years of his many criminal exploits, he joined in the loose partnership with the other four super-powered beings on Earth-Three and founded the organization known as the Crime Syndicate of America. His real name is unknown.
  • Following 52, another version of the character appeared, as a member of the Crime Society. He was apparently killed by quantum energy unleashed from Monarch, in the Earth-51 dimension, along with the rest of his teammates.

In the antimatter universe, Joseph Harrolds, after a period of domination as a member of the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, was able to trick an unnamed, weak-willed and cowardly slave marine (Kyle Rayner's counterpart), into accepting the ring and the power lamp that contains the mad god Volthoom so he could escape the insane god constantly trying to overwhelm his mind. This unnamed individual became the second Power Ring and joined the Syndicate too.
When the antimatter universe was reconstructed, certain elements of the antimatter universe's history had been changed, and the second Power Ring's physical appearance was changed from a Caucasian blonde man to an African-American bald man. However his origin and anonymity remained the same.
In his later appearances, Power Ring once again resembles his original version (Hal Jordan's counterpart).

In The New 52, Power Ring is one of the members of the Crime Syndicate to arrive on Prime Earth in order to conquer it. Harold works as a janitor at Ferris Air, where he spies on Carol Ferris' operations to sell them out. Abin Sur's ring of Volthoom chooses Harold. Abin begs Harold to take the ring, which he does, freeing Abin Sur. Harold quickly realizes his mistake, as the ring opens a pocket dimensional portal to charge itself, unleashing a creature that attacks Harold. Wielding the ring causes Harold Jordan great pain and the cursed weapon often acts on its own accord. Once on Prime Earth, Power Ring battles Sinestro, but Sinestro cuts off his right arm, releasing him from the ring's control. Power Ring thanks Sinestro for freeing him from his curse. Sinestro welcomes his thanks and incinerates him. The ownerless ring then flies off to find a new host.[11]

Green Lantern[b]
unnamed mentioned only unnamed Following 52, a monstrous version of J'onn J'onzz was showcased as a member of the Crime Society.

In the antimatter universe, a White Martian was member of the Syndicate and was Ultraman's chief rival until he killed him.

In The New 52, Martian Manhunter's counterpart is left on Earth-3 during its destruction. The Crime Syndicate had left him behind so that his wounds wouldn't slow them down. He eventually dies there.[7]

Martian Manhunter
Alexander Luthor, Sr. Lex Luthor Alexander Luthor/Mazahs Alexander and his wife were able only to save their son, Alexander, Jr. ("Alex") from the complete destruction of their reality, by placing him in a capsule which would take him to Earth-One. Alexander Luthor, along with everyone else native to his universe, died in the Anti-Monitor's attack. The existence of the Earth-Three reality was ultimately erased from all history. Alexander Luthor, Jr. survived not only the demise of his native reality, but also the collapse of the Multiverse. He alone maintained memories of Alexander Luthor, Sr. and his world.

In the antimatter universe, Lex is he only known hero. Most of Luthor’s history has not been revealed. It was revealed the Luthor was only allowed to live because Ultraman likes the challenge of hunting Luthor down when the hero makes one of his inevitable escapes from custody. During one such break-out Luthor jumped dimensions, landing on New Earth.

In The New 52, Alexander Luthor is revealed as Mazahs, the Earth-3 version of Shazam. The Crime Syndicate have brought Alexander, their prisoner, with them to the Prime Earth. Lex Luthor and his team sneak in to the Justice League Watchtower where the Syndicate has Alexander hostage, and remove the duct tape holding his mouth closed. As soon as this is done, Alexander speaks the word, 'Mazahs', transforming himself into the muscular, highly powerful being, and killing the Syndicate's speedster Johnny Quick. It is also revealed that Superwoman is in a relationship with Alexander and is responsible for tricking her teammates into bringing him with them. She also reveals she is carrying his child, who is prophesied to bring an end to the world. Exploiting his ability to use the powers of those he has killed, Mazahs easily takes down both the Syndicate and Luthor's team. The Lex Luthor of Prime Earth, having the same voice as Mazahs, manages to call down the lightning and transform Mazahs into his human form. Sealing Alexander's mouth, Lex stabs him with a knife, killing him.[8]

Lex Luthor
Lois Lane-Luthor see Superwoman* In the parallel reality known as Earth-Three, Lois Lane married Earth's greatest champion, Alexander Luthor. Shortly before the event known as the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Luthors gave birth to a baby boy, Alex, Jr. When the Anti-Monitor, released a wave of Antimatter energy that swept across the Multiverse, Lois and Alex placed their son inside of a specially designed module and launched him away from the beleaguered planet. Alex, Sr. and Lois Lane died in each other's arms as the Antimatter swept across their world. Lois Lane
Jur-Li/The Crime-Lord N/A Jor-Il He was trapped in the Phantom Zone for his crimes. One day he was able to flee from the Zone, reaching Earth-One's Kandor, on the exact day that Brainiac shrank and stole Kandor. In diminutive size, he became a crime boss there. Decades later, Jur-Ll battled Kandor's costumed crimefighters Nightwing and Flamebird.

The people of Krypton of Earth 3 had gained great power from the radiation of their world, but through the machinations of Jor-Il, a mysterious being came to their planet and began a process that would lead to the planet's destruction. Thanks to a shooting spree, Jor-Il was able to secure a lifepod for his son, who he regarded as his best chance of revenge.

Jor-El
Alexander "Alex" Luthor, Jr. N/A unnamed The son of Luthor, Sr. and his wife, Lois Lane-Luthor. Alex was the last survivor of his world, as his parents placed him in an experimental device which carried the infant to the relative safety of Earth-One. His passage through the anti-matter storm grants him power over both matter and anti-matter, dramatically accelerating his aging process. He drastically transforms from a hero into a villain.

In the New 52, Lois Lane (Superwoman) is pregnant with Alexander's child. The child is prophesied to bring an end to the world.

Jackie/The Jokester N/A The Joker Bullied and abused for much of his life, Jackie found happiness with the beautiful, loving Evelyn Dent, only to lose her when her split personalities developed. He became a struggling comedian at the Last Laugh comedy club, but then witnessed the club's owner being murdered by the vicious Owlman. Sick of being bullied, Jackie redesigned his act, focusing all his jokes on Owlman. Aided by manager Harleen Quinzel, he became a kind of hero to the frustrated Gotham populace for boldly ridiculing every aspect of the thuggish villain. Owlman's retribution, however, was deadly. Harleen was murdered and Jackie's mouth was sliced open, leaving him with an unusually wide grin. Whatever sanity he'd possessed vanished in that moment as he became the Jokester, dedicating his life to ruining and humiliating Owlman and his sidekick Talon. It is revealed that Duela Dent, who has escaped to New Earth, is his daughter.

In The New 52, after killing Talon and assaulting Alfred Pennyworth, the Joker is killed by Owlman. He blamed Owlman for his unstable state.[12]

Joker
Quizmaster Riddler N/A Riddler is married to Three-Face (Evelyn Dent) and is the stepfather to the Jokester's daughter, Duela Dent. He was killed by Ultraman.

In the antimatter universe, Edward Nashton was fascinated by puzzles and games from an early age. He was academically active - at one point considered one of the smartest men on his Earth - and naturally inclined to altruism. He married and had children. He also operated as a crimefighter under the moniker "the Quizmaster", eventually becoming a founding member of the Justice Underground. He was a thorn in the side of Owlman and the Crime Syndicate of Amerika for many years. He later has the right half of his face burned by Ultraman, leading him to don a half-face and temporarily take on the name "Enigma".

Riddler
Talon N/A Richard "Dick" Grayson/Talon Talon had been an apprentice to Owlman. He was in a relationship with the Jokester's daughter, Duela Dent, which led to him leaving Owlman's service for a time. Unfortunately, the truth caused Jokester to disown Duela. Somehow, Duela and Talon ended up on New Earth, where both spent time as temporary members of the Teen Titans. It is unknown what has happened to Talon beyond that. His real name is unknown. It has been indicated, that there have been more than one Talons in the past and this specific iteration is the second one.

In The New 52, Talon is the Dick Grayson of Earth-3. His parents were acrobats and money launderers, who ran a corrupt circus, obtaining it after murdering the previous owner, a clown. Dick also had a sister, Rachel. After his family was murdered, Owlman took Dick under his wing and he eventually became his sidekick. Their relationship fell apart when Dick learned that Thomas Wayne, Jr. was responsible for the Graysons' deaths. Dick is later killed by the Joker.[12]

Robin[c]
Duela Dent/Harlequin N/A N/A Even though the character was created in 1976, her origin story and true parentage, were revealed in Countdown Presents The Search for Ray Palmer: Crime Society (2007). Before that she claimed to be the daughter of various villains, such as The Joker, Catwoman, Scarecrow, The Penguin, Doomsday, Dr. Light and Punch and Jewelee. Through the years, she has assumed many aliases, with most of them indicating her "true" parentage. In Countdown it is revealed that she originates from Earth-3 and she is the daughter of The Jokester and Evelyn Dent. She was raised by her mother and her stepfather, the Riddler, and together the three formed the Riddler Family. When she was finally introduced to her birth father, she dropped cryptic hints implying that she or her consciousness shifts unknowingly from Earth to Earth, which is the source of her parental confusion. When the Jokester joined the Riddler Family, Duela revealed that she had been in a relationship with Talon. The Jokester renounced her as his daughter and Duela left with Talon moments before the Crime Society stormed their apartment. The Joker's Daughter
N/A N/A Alfred Pennyworth/The Outsider Alfred also known as the Outsider is the butler to Owlman.[6] He helped Thomas kill his parents, ultimately firing the shots that killed them, and he continued to serve the boy as he grew into the crime lord known as Owlman. He served loyally and well for several years as Owlman helped run Gotham City.[12] At some point, Pennyworth was dosed with Joker Venom by the Joker, turning his skin grey-white and making him laugh at inopportune moments. He is transported on Prime Earth along with Atomica, preparing the world for the arrival of his master and the rest of the Syndicate. He is killed by Black Manta, when the Injustice League broke into the Watchtower.[8] Alfred Pennyworth
Ray Palmer (mentioned only) N/A Ray Palmer/Atomico (mentioned only)

Rhonda Pineda/Atomica
Introduced in The New 52 version of the Crime Syndicate. She is in a relationship with Johnny Quick.[6] One night after killing two cops, "Johnny and Rhonnie", as they are known, end up cornered on the roof of S.T.A.R. Labs during a storm. Lightning hits a satellite, electrocuting Johnny, causing him to gain his powers, while Rhonda falls into the labs and lands near Ray Palmer's Atomico work, gaining her powers. During the final battle with the Crime Syndicate, a shrunk Atomica is killed by Lex Luthor who steps on her. Atom
N/A N/A Martin Stein/Deathstorm Introduced in The New 52 version of the Crime Syndicate.[6] Professor Martin Stein would experiment on humans to unlock the secret of life through death. He was recruited by one of the Crime Syndicate's enemy's to determine what the Syndicate's individual weaknesses were. However, he used the new lab he was in to continue his human experimentation, eventually experimenting on himself, fusing with a corpse, becoming Deathstorm. He was killed by Alexander Luthor, after he stole his powers. Firestorm[d]
N/A N/A Sea King Introduced in The New 52 version of the Crime Syndicate. He died shortly after exiting the gateway from Earth-3 to Prime Earth.[6] The design of Sea King resembles that of Aquaman in the 1990s. However, when his body is placed at the bottom of the ocean, it is revealed that during the Crime Syndicate's initial attack, Deadman entered the lifeless Sea King's body for protection. His real name is unknown. Aquaman

Groups[edit]

Earth-Three[13]
(1964-1985/2007-2011)
Anti-matter Earth
(1992–2011)
Earth-3
The New 52
(2011–present)
Notes New Earth / Prime Earth
counterpart
Crime Syndicate of America/Crime Society of America Crime Syndicate In their first appearance, the Crime Syndicate (CSA), bored with the ease with which they were able to commit crimes on their Earth (and with no one to truly challenge them), discovered the existence of parallel worlds. Intrigued by the existence of super-heroes, they crossed the dimensional void and attacked the JLA and JSA. They wre ultimately defeated and imprisoned. Over the ensuing years, the Syndicate or one of its members would occasionally escape and attempt to wreak havoc on Earth-One and/or Earth-Two. Earth-Three and the original Crime Syndicate were destroyed along with the rest of DC's parallel worlds in the 1985 twelve-issue maxi-series Crisis on Infinite Earths. As shown in the first issue, Earth-Three and all of its inhabitants were obliterated by an anti-matter wave that was the catalyst for the story. The five founding members (Ultraman, Owlman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick and Power Ring) of CSA have appeared in all additional iterations of the team.
  • A new version of the team was eventually introduced in Justice League Quarterly #8. This version was composed of Qwardians and they were a JLI equivalent to the old Crime Syndicate. They are shown to be different from the Earth-Three incarnation by their enlarged eyes, resembling the Weaponers of Qward. They acted as Claire Montgomery's second Conglomerate team and its roster was consisted by Deadeye, Elasti-Man (Elongated Man's counterpart), Fiero (Fire's counterpart), Frostbite (Ice's counterpart), Scarab, Element Man (Metamorpho's counterpart) and Slipstream (Flash's counterpart).
  • Following 52, a new version of the team was introduced. In Countdown #31, the name of this team is revealed to be the Crime Society of America, which are said to be evil doppelgangers of the heroes of Earth-2, and make their first solo appearance in Countdown Presents The Search for Ray Palmer: Crime Society #1. In addition to the five known members, this version of the CSA includes unnamed counterparts of Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Wildcat, Hawkwoman, Stargirl, Donna Troy, Booster Gold and the Spectre. Later issues introduce Annataz Arataz, White Cat and Ultragirl. Shortly after the Crime Society's introduction, they are offered a place among Monarch's army. All of the Crime Society members who are present in the Earth-51 dimension at the end battle with Superman-Prime and the Monarch are killed, as the entire dimension is completely destroyed with only Superman-Prime and a single plant surviving the cataclysm.

The Crime Syndicate was introduced once again, in the graphic novel JLA: Earth 2. Unlike the previous incarnations, this Crime Syndicate of Amerika is able to rule their world though allow governments to continue operating and honest people are able to continue operating in pockets. The antimatter Crime Syndicate's motto is "Cui Bono?" ("Who profits?"). The team's roster is consisted mainly by the five founding members but some others, have also been mentioned like: White Cat, Doctor Noon (Doctor Mid-Nite's counterpart), Spaceman and the unnamed counterpart of Martian Manhunter. The Crime Syndicate later reappeared where they lay waste to the planet Qward out of boredom.

In the New 52, the leader of the Secret Society, previously known as "the Outsider", was actually working for the Syndicate. He gains possession of Pandora's Box to open a portal to Earth-3 from which the Crime Syndicate emerges. The Syndicate then proceeds to attack the fallen Justice League members and claims Prime Earth now belongs to them. The line-up consists of the five founding members as well as Deathstorm, Sea King, who does not survive the trip to Prime Earth, Atomica, who had posed as Atom while working as a mole for the Secrety Society, and Grid, a sentient computer virus in a robot body made from Cyborg's old prosthetic parts. When heroes and villains unite to defeat the Syndicate, Outsider gets killed by Black Manta and Power Ring is murdered by Sinestro. Most of the team is later decimated as the Syndicate's former prisoner and enemy Mazahs is freed and then kills Johnny Quick and Deathstorm and takes their powers, while Lex kills Atomica by stepping on her. In the aftermath, Ultraman and Superwoman are captured with Owlman still on the loose. Most of the former members of the Syndicate have already died along with the rest of Earth 3, with some of them being the unnamed counterpart of Martian Manhunter, Will Batson (Billy Batson's counterpart) and Hawkwing.

Justice League
N/A Justice Underground N/A The Justice Underground is a heroic superpowered group of the Anti-matter Universe. Initially, the Underground experienced some temporary victories in their battles with the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, both as a team and individually. One by one the Justice Underground members were all defeated, captured or killed. All the remaining captured members, were placed into cryogenic storage, ready to be reanimated in a zombified state if the Syndicate decides it necessary. Their remains are located in the Crime Syndicate's Panopticon on the Moon's surface. The Justice Underground was eventually released by J'onn J'onzz as a team of associate JLA members reversed back into the Matter Universe. The team's roster was consisted of Quizmaster, Sir Solomon Grundy, General Grodd, Lady Sonar, Star Sapphire and Q Ranger. Legion of Doom
see Crime Society * Crime Lodge N/A Another criminal organization in the Anti-matter Earth. Justice Society
N/A Metal Marauders N/A They are listed amongst the opponents of the Crime Syndicate of Amerika. Metal Men
N/A Young Offenders N/A Mentioned in JLA #109 by Owlman to work for the Crime Syndicate. Teen Titans

Notes:

  1. ^ The superhero known as Owlman from New Earth was Roy Raymond Jr. In Prime Earth, the presumed Thomas Wayne Jr., was raised by the Court of Owls and lives under the alias of Lincoln March.
  2. ^ The entity that charges Power Ring, Volthoom, has a counterpart in Prime Earth as well, where he is known as the First Lantern. The native of Prime Earth, who becomes the new Power Ring, is Jessica Cruz.
  3. ^ In Prime Earth, Talons are named the deadly assassins, who work for the Court of Owls.
  4. ^ In New Earth, Deathstorm was the name of a Black Lantern Firestorm, who fused with the Firestorm Matrix to become his own entity. Martin Stein has counterparts in both New and Prime Earth, and in the former he was part of the original duo, who became Firestorm.

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