|Crime Syndicate of America|
The Crime Syndicate of America (and counterparts) feature on the JLA: Earth 2 cover. Art by Frank Quitely. Frank Quitely (born January 18, 1968) is the professional Pseudonym of Scottish Comic book Artist Vincent Deighan
|First appearance||Historical Syndicate:|
Justice League of America #29, 1964
JLA: Earth 2, 2000
52 Week 52, 2007
|Created by||Gardner Fox (writer)|
Mike Sekowsky (artist)
|In story information|
The Flying Fortress
The Crime Syndicate of America, also known as CSA and Crime Syndicate of Amerika, is a fictional team of supervillains from one of DC Comics' parallel universes, and are the evil counterparts of the Justice League of America. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company In Comic books and other stories with a long history first appearance refers to the first occurrence to feature a Fictional character. Gardner Francis Cooper Fox (Speed Saunders was initially credited to "E Mike Sekowsky ( November 19, 1923 - March 30, 1989) was a Jewish American Comic book Artist best known Ultraman is the name of several Fictional characters who are Supervillains that appear in stories published by DC Comics. Owlman is the name of several fictional Supervillains published by DC Comics who are the intended reverse counterpart of Batman Superwoman is the name given to several Fictional characters published over the years by DC Comics, most of them being like the popular Supergirl Johnny Quick is the name of two DC Comics characters each with the power of Superhuman speed This article is about the DC Comics Super villains named "Power Ring A supervillain or supervillainess is a variant of the Villain character type commonly found in Comic books, Action movies and DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company Parallel universe or alternative reality is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with one's own Evil, in many cultures is used to describe acts or thoughts which are contrary to some particular religion The Justice League sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short is a Fictional DC Comics superhero team. The team first appeared in Justice League of America #29 in August 1964.
The Crime Society of America first appeared in 52 Week 52.
The Crime Syndicate originally lived on Earth-Three, a world where history was "reversed" from the world we knew (e. Earth-Three is a Fictional alternate universe set in the. It is the Earth of an alternate reality in the DC Multiverse. The DC Multiverse is a Fictional continuity construct that exists in stories published by Comic book company DC Comics. Earth-Three is a Fictional alternate universe set in the. It is the Earth of an alternate reality in the DC Multiverse. g. President John Wilkes Booth was assassinated by Abraham Lincoln). Abraham Lincoln assassination John Wilkes Booth (May 10 1838 – April 26 1865 was an American stage actor who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the AssassiNation is the sixth album by Krisiun, released in 2006 on Century Media. Abraham Lincoln (February 12 1809 &ndash April 15 1865 the sixteenth President of the United States, successfully led his country through its greatest internal It initially had no superheroes, only the supervillains of the Crime Syndicate, though this changed with the advent of heroic Lex Luthor who used his vast intelligence for good. Lex Luthor is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics.
In their first appearance, the Crime Syndicate, 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 Earth-One and Earth-Two, and set out to challenge the JLA and JSA to a lengthy fight, after which the Syndicate was ultimately defeated. The DC Multiverse is a Fictional continuity construct that exists in stories published by Comic book company DC Comics. Earth-Two is a fictional universe appearing in American Comic book stories published by DC Comics. The Justice League sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short is a Fictional DC Comics superhero team. The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics Superhero group the first team of superheroes in Comic book history Following this defeat, they were imprisoned in an unbreakable bubble generated by Green Lantern's power ring, and placed in a "limbo" dimension between the Earths. See also Intermediate state Purgatory|Heaven|Sheol|Hades in Christianity|Hell in Christianity In Roman Catholic theology Limbo (Latin limbus Over the following 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. A limited series is a term originated by Marvel Comics referring to a Comic book series with a set number of issues Crisis on Infinite Earths is a twelve-issue American comic book Limited series (identified as a "12-part maxi-series" and crossover The inhabitants of that world were swallowed by an anti-matter wave, with the Crime Syndicate, having decided to be heroic for once, charged straight into the wave defiantly, although Lex Luthor and his wife Lois Luthor managed to send their infant son, Alexander Luthor, to the safety of Earth-One. Alexander Luthor Jr is a DC Comics character who turned from a hero to a villain This was the last appearance of the Syndicate that decade until a new one appeared, apparently from the anti-matter universe.
The original Syndicate made a post-Crisis appearance in Infinite Crisis when Earth-Three temporarily returned, and Ultraman, Superwoman, and Alexander Luthor were almost merged with Superman, Wonder Woman, and Superman of Earth-2
Ultraman appears in Kandor, posing as Superman. Infinite Crisis is a seven-issue Limited series of Comic books written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Phil Jimenez, George The Superman of Earth-Two is a Fictional character, a Comic book Superhero published by DC Comics. Ultraman is the name of several Fictional characters who are Supervillains that appear in stories published by DC Comics. Kandor is the name of the former Capital city of the fictional planet Krypton in the DC Universe.  Saturn Queen, last seen in the "Absolute Power" arc of Superman/Batman, explains how Ultraman and herself arrive in the city. Saturn Queen is a fictional Comic book character owned by DC Comics. Superman/Batman is a monthly Comic book series published by DC Comics that features the publisher's two most popular characters When Alexander Luthor, Jr. brought the multiverse back in Infinite Crisis, her alternate reality (the Earth featuring the original Legion of Super-Villains) was recreated briefly. Alexander Luthor Jr is a DC Comics character who turned from a hero to a villain Infinite Crisis is a seven-issue Limited series of Comic books written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Phil Jimenez, George The Legion of Super-Villains are a team of Comic book Supervillains in the DC Comics universe. When the Multiverse collapsed, she found herself stranded in the Phantom Zone, where she found Ultraman. The Phantom Zone is a Fictional Prison Dimension featured in the Superman Comic books and related media She viewed Ultraman as a suitable replacement for the version of Superman who was her son in her reality and placed him under mind control so that he would believe her to be his mother. She was also able to put Supergirl under her control and initiated plans for the two to marry, but Supergirl was able to break free of her control and viciously beat Ultraman. Kara Zor-El is a Fictional character appearing in Comic books published by DC Comics and related media created by writer Otto Binder Saturn Queen gave information regarding Argo City to Supergirl in exchange for Ultraman's life. Argo City is a fictional Kryptonian city in the DC Comics Universe and the birthplace of Supergirl. Ultraman and Saturn Queen remain in Kandor.
A post-Crisis version of the team, simply known as the "Crime Syndicate" (no 'of America'), was eventually introduced. Crisis on Infinite Earths is a twelve-issue American comic book Limited series (identified as a "12-part maxi-series" and crossover This post-Crisis version (revealed in 1992's Justice League Quarterly #8) was said to be composed of Qwardians (residents of the antimatter counterpart of Oa) as well as being "more powerful than their counterparts" and "long gone. In Particle physics and Quantum chemistry, antimatter is the extension of the concept of the Antiparticle to Matter, where antimatter is composed Oa is a Fictional planet that lies at the center of the DC Comics universe. " Given no one makes any references to them it is quite possible this version was wiped out by Zero Hour. Zero Hour Crisis in Time is a five-issue Comic book Limited series and crossover storyline published by DC Comics in 1994
The first appearance of a Crime Syndicate Post-Zero Hour was in the 2000 graphic novel JLA: Earth 2 by Grant Morrison, which combined the Pre-Crisis parallel Earth idea with the Pre-Zero Hour antimatter universe concept. JLA Earth 2 was a 2000 Comic book written by Grant Morrison with art by Frank Quitely in and published by DC Comics Grant Morrison (born January 31 1960 is a Scottish Comic book writer and artist
The Crime Syndicate's post-Zero Hour antimatter Earth possesses a "reversed" history similar to Earth-Three's, but with a much darker tone to both the team and its world. JLA Secret Files 2004 provided additional history of this team, showing that they did once resemble the Earth-Three Syndicate. This Crime Syndicate of Amerika rule their world with an iron fist; (a change from their pre-Crisis counterparts, who were unsuccessful in conquering their world). The modern Syndicate's motto is "Cui Bono?" ("Who profits?"). A motto (from the Italian word motto, meaning witticism sentence is a phrase meant to formally describe the general motivation or intention of a social group The only universally respected principle on their world is that of the "favor bank"—if someone does you a favor, you owe them a favor in return that must be repaid whenever the favor is called in.
Along with the heroic analogue Alexander Luthor, other opponents include the heroic "H.I.V.E." (Hierarchy for International Virtuous Empowerment), the Missile Men and the "Justice Underground", a reversed analog of the Legion of Doom and Secret Society of Super-Villains consisting of General Grodd, Lady Sonar, Quizmaster, Q-Ranger, Sir Solomon Grundy and Star Sapphire. The HIVE, which stands for the Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination, is the name of a DC Comics Supervillain team The Secret Society of Super Villains ( SSoSV) is a group of Comic book Supervillains that exist in the DC Universe. The Secret Society of Super Villains ( SSoSV) is a group of Comic book Supervillains that exist in the DC Universe. Gorilla Grodd is a fictional Supervillain appearing in DC Comics, primarily as an enemy of The Flash. Sonar is the name of a DC Comics Supervillain. He first appeared in Green Lantern (2nd series #14 July ( 1962) and was created The Riddler ( Edward Nigma or Nygma, or Nashton) is a Fictional character, a DC Comics Supervillain, an enemy of Major Force is a Fictional character in the DC Comics universe. Solomon Grundy ( Cyrus Gold) is a fictional character published by DC Comics, a large strong Zombie Supervillain bearing a resemblance to Star Sapphire is the name of several Supervillainesses in DC Comics, all connected in origin
In an early 2000s issue of Superman, Ultraman and Superwoman appear to have had a child together, but the child actually turns out to be a rogue Brainiac. 
2003's JLA/Avengers crossover written by Kurt Busiek seemed to involve the destruction of the Crime Syndicate's universe, but this was later reversed when the special's villain, Krona, was defeated. JLA/Avengers (Issues 2 and 4 are titled Avengers/JLA) is a crossover Limited series published by DC Comics and In Comic books, an intercompany crossover (also called cross-company or company crossover) is a comic or series of comics where characters published by Kurt Busiek (born September 16, 1960) is a Comic book Writer. Krona is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by DC Comics. The Crime Syndicate later reappeared in the Syndicate Rules arc where they learn of the 'reboot' of their universe.
Other criminal organizations on the Crime Syndicate's Earth include the Crime Lodge (anti-matter analogues to the Justice Society) and Young Offenders (anti-matter analogues of the Teen Titans/Young Justice). The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics Superhero group the first team of superheroes in Comic book history For an overview of the Teen Titans team (including more details on the comics listed below see Teen Titans Various Superhero groups by the name Teen Titans This article is about the comic book series and team For the rapper called Young Justice see List of Wu-Tang Clan affiliates. They are mentioned at the end of the Syndicate Rules arc as prepared to take advantage of the Crime Syndicate's weakness, but not seen.
Superman/Batman Annual #1 (2006) details Superman and Batman's first encounter with Ultraman and Owlman. Superman/Batman is a monthly Comic book series published by DC Comics that features the publisher's two most popular characters Set years ago, before Superman and Batman knew each other's identities, a vacationing Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne and Lois Lane meet Ultraman, Owlman, and Superwoman when their antimatter counterparts appear on a cruise ship. This story also features the first appearance of Deathstroke's unnamed antimatter doppelganger. Deathstroke the Terminator ( Slade Wilson) also called simply Slade (to the people who know him Deathstroke (and originally simply the Terminator Deadpool is a fictional Comic book character sometimes depicted as a Mercenary or Antihero; he appears in books published by Marvel The Ultraman and Owlman presented in the story have the same costumes as the anti-matter universe version of the Syndicate (however, it should be noted that this tale is being told by Mister Mxyzptlk and as such, may not actually be canonical). Mr Mxyzptlk ( pronounced mɪksˈjɛzpɪtˌlɪk or mɪksˈjɛzˌpɪtɫɪk) sometimes called Mxy, is a Fictional Supervillain who appears in
In 52 Week 52, an alternate version of Earth-Three is shown as a part of the new Multiverse. Countdown to Final Crisis, known as Countdown for its first 25 issues is a Comic book Limited series published by DC Comics Earth-Three is a Fictional alternate universe set in the. It is the Earth of an alternate reality in the DC Multiverse. In the depiction are characters that are altered versions of the original Justice League of America, including the Martian Manhunter. The Justice League sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short is a Fictional DC Comics superhero team. Martian Manhunter is the Superhero alias of J'onn J'onzz, alternately known as John Jones or the Manhunter from Mars, a Fictional character The names of the characters and the team are not mentioned in the two panels in which they appear. 
Based on comments by Grant Morrison, this alternate universe is not the pre-Crisis Earth-Three, making these new characters unrelated to previous versions. Grant Morrison (born January 31 1960 is a Scottish Comic book writer and artist In Countdown #31, the name of this team is revealed to be the Crime Society of America. Countdown to Final Crisis, known as Countdown for its first 25 issues is a Comic book Limited series published by DC Comics The Society are said to be evil dopplegangers of the heroes of Earth-2, and make their first solo appearance in Countdown Presents The Search for Ray Palmer: Crime Society #1 written by Sean McKeever and illustrated by Jamal Igle, Appearing in Countdown, the Crime Society's greatest parallel to the Justice Society is their larger roster (which is not strictly limited to Justice Society counterparts), featuring evil versions of Green Arrow, Wildcat, Black Canary, Hawkwoman, Dr. Fate, Stargirl, and The Spectre alongside better-known CSA members Ultraman, Owlman, Superwoman, Power Ring and Johnny Quick. Sean Kelley McKeever (born 1972 is an American Comic book writer born in Appleton Wisconsin. Jamal Yaseem Igle (born July 19, 1972 in Harlem, New York) is an American Comic book artist editor art director and animation For the LNER Steam locomotive, see LNER Class V2 4771 Green Arrow Green Arrow ( Oliver Jones "Ollie" Queen Wildcat is the name of several DC Comics Superheroes the first and most famous of which is Ted Grant, a long-time member of the Justice Society Black Canary is a Fictional character, a DC Comics superheroine. Hawkwoman is the name of several fictional Superheroines all owned by DC Comics and existing in that company's DC Universe. Doctor Fate (also known by the Diminutive, Fate) is the name of a succession of fictional sorcerers who appear within DC Comics ' universe Courtney Whitmore is a fictional character the Superheroine Stargirl (often called "Stars" or "Star" in the DC Comics The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and Superhero who has appeared in numerous Comic books published by DC Comics.  Later issues introduce Annataz Arataz, the evil counterpart of Zatanna, and counterparts of Supergirl (Kara Zor-El), Wonder Girl (Donna Troy) and Booster Gold. Zatanna Zatara is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. Kara Zor-El is a Fictional character appearing in Comic books published by DC Comics and related media created by writer Otto Binder Donna Troy is a Fictional character, a superheroine in the DC Universe. Booster Gold is a Fictional character, a Superhero in publications from DC Comics. However, although villains are the majority of Earth-3, there are a few heroes that are active on this earth as well. Most of the heroes revealed-to-date are good versions of Batman's famous enemies such as The Joker (known as The Jokester), The Riddler, and Two-Face (Three-Face, a woman named Evelyn Dent). The Joker is a fictional character appearing in Comic books published by DC Comics. The Riddler ( Edward Nigma or Nygma, or Nashton) is a Fictional character, a DC Comics Supervillain, an enemy of This article is about the DC comics villain For the Nigerian musician see 2face Idibia. 
Shortly after the Crime Society's introduction, they are offered a place among Monarch's army. Monarch is the name of three fictional DC Comics Supervillains The first Monarch is Hank Hall, formerly Hawk, who Already recruited into Monarch's army, Johnny Quick wins a place in Monarch's elite squad when he defeats his Earth-9 and Earth-2 counterparts in the Countdown: Arena miniseries. Tangent Comics was a DC Comics Imprint created in 1997-1998 developed from ideas created by Dan Jurgens. Countdown Arena is a weekly four-issue American comic book mini-series published by DC Comics.
In both the Crime Syndicate and Crime Society, the five permanent members are:
The JLA: Earth 2 graphic novel featured several costumes in the CSA Watchtower, three of them labeled Doctor Noon (Doctor Mid-Nite's counterpart), White Cat (Black Canary's counterpart) and Spaceman (Starman's counterpart). Doctor Mid-Nite is a Fictional character, a DC Comics Superhero. Black Canary is a Fictional character, a DC Comics superheroine. Starman is a name used by several different fictional DC Comics Superheroes most prominently Ted Knight and his son Jack.
The CSA's Post-Crisis world is primarily governed by the "favor bank"; unofficial but ironically the only rule that is not consistently broken. If any person should grant a favor for someone else, that person is entitled to compensation whenever they see fit, no matter what the cost or hardship to the latter. Failure to pay back a favor results in inordinately harsh consequences; as seen in the beginning of "Syndicate Rules". A mobster, Jackson "Rat-Eyes" Drake, who failed to follow up on a favor owed was put on "trial" by Owlman, who then had him incinerated by Ultraman as a favor.
A team of Qwardians based on the then-current Justice League International roster appeared on the Post-Crisis Pre-Zero Hour Earth, although they did not call themselves the Crime Syndicate. Justice League International (or JLI for short was formed after the 1987 company-wide crossover Limited series, Legends  Its members were:
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