"Justice Society of America: "The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate"": Newspaper publisher Rex Morgan summons the Justice Society of America to accept the written challenge of the Psycho-Pirate, a mysterious criminal who expl
- To feel fear is no disgrace- but to yield to that fear is another thing! I intend to fight this thing- Now!
Appearing in Justice Society of America: "The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate"
- Psycho-Pirate I (Charles Halstead) (First appearance)
- Sam Maxon
- Augustus Hemsley
- Ben Martin
- Betty Carlson
- Ephraim Smith
- Hank Cannon
- Heywood Carlson
- Ivar Mason
- Joe Martin
- Mr. Morgan
- Carse City
- Daily Courier Newspaper office
- Happy Daze night club
- Heywood Carlson's mansion
- JSA Headquarters I
- Salle D'Armes
Synopsis for Justice Society of America: "The Plunder of the Psycho-Pirate"
Newspaper publisher Rex Morgan summons the Justice Society of America to accept the written challenge of the Psycho-Pirate, a mysterious criminal who exploits emotions in his crimes, and who dares the Justice Society members to stop six emotion-crimes he has planned.
Hawkman gets the crime of love. The Psycho-Pirate’s men try to earn a ransom by pretending to kidnap a tycoon’s daughter, but one of the men is actually courting her, instead. When Hawkman starts roughing up the gang, they tell him that they’ve already kidnapped Shiera Sanders to prevent him from getting involved. Hawkman saves Shiera from the trap and returns to eliminate the gang, and learns that the tycoon’s daughter was never kidnapped. Starman deals with the hate crime. The Psycho-Pirate seeds hate in wealthy individuals by spreading lies in newspapers. Once the men hate each other, he solicits them to come to the “Hate Clinic”, where they can pay to duel each other with swords. Starman is so disgusted by the idea of the con, that his rage gets the better of him, and he loses his Gravity Rod. After calming down, he gets his rod back and shuts down the clinic and shows the duelists that they never hated each other in the first place. Doctor Mid-Nite has to face fear. An entire town’s communication lines are cut and the town is surrounded with armed guards. The Pyscho-Pirate threatens to drop plague virus on the town, if the town does not pay a ransom. Dr. Mid-Nite goes to the lab to destroy the virus, but is momentarily paralyzed by fear at the thought of becoming infected. After facing his fear, he stops the doctor and his henchmen and secures the virus, which turns out to be phony. Johnny Thunder confidently handles the crimes of conceit. Two brothers are so confident in their safe making business, that they willingly open one up for the Psycho-Pirate’s bank robbers. When Johnny comes to rescue them, the robbers pretend to be easily defeated, and flatter Johnny so much that he doesn’t think he needs his Thunderbolt’s help and sends him away. When Johnny goes to rescue the brothers, the robbers lock the three of them in the safe. Johnny comes to his senses, and the Thunderbolt cleans up the gang and takes them to jail. The Spectre fights against greed. Two art collectors each own one of the only two ivory idols known as the grinning guardians. An agent of the Psycho-Pirate offers each collector the other idol for half a million dollars, both men agree and give him the money. Later, the agent approaches each collector, pretending he bungled the theft of the other idol. The agent says he needs that man’s idol to replace the idol he lost during the theft, or the agent will turn the collector over to the cops, and both collectors agree. The Spectre follows the agent back to the hideout and breaks up the operation, however, one of the men offers to give up the Psycho-Pirate. Instead of dealing with the men, the Spectre gives into greed and follows the man into a trap. Using the idols, he escapes the trap and takes the gang to jail. The Atom suffers despair. The Atom remains at Rex Morgan’s office, where Rex hears report after report of bad news, both personal and professional. Then, a news flash on the radio says the Psycho-Pirate has captured the rest Justice Society. The Atom goes to rescues them, but the other members tell him it’s useless to try to fight at all, so the Atom gives in to despair. Before a henchman executes him, the Atom recovers and fights back, and learns that the Justice Society he just spoke with were only actors. He then learns the true identity of the Psycho-Pirate, who shoots him. The Atom struggles back to the paper, trying to warn his friends in time.
Back at the paper, all of the members expect Atom discuss their cases and try to figure out how to capture the Psycho-Pirate. A weakened Atom tries to get their attention through an air vent. They race to the roof, where the Pyshco-Pirate’s men have already thrown the Atom off the building. Johnny gets a rare bright idea and has the Thunderbolt catch him before he hits the bottom. The Atom reveals to the Thunderbolt that Charles Halstead, Morgan’s best friend at the paper, is the Psycho-Pirate. The Thunderbolt immediately captures Halstead, who goes through an intense emotional reaction before being led away. The Hawkman points out the irony that Halstead’s pride led to his undoing.
- Reprinted in All-Star Comics Archives Vol. 5.
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