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.
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
- 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.
- 17 Appearances of Richard Carter (Earth-One)
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