Johnny Quick · Power Ring
On Earth-3, a parallel world vibrating on a slightly different plane than the world we know,
history had chosen a strange, opposing path. There, it was the American Christopher Columbus
who discovered Europe; colonial England that won her freedom from the Untied States during the
Revolutionary War; and actor Abraham Lincoln who shot President John Wilkes Booth. On this
strange world of contrary reality, the only super-powered beings were not heroes, but rather five
super-villains who had banded together as the Crime Syndicate of America.
The membership of the Crime Syndicate included Johnny Quick, an arrogant super-speedster who received his powers in an as-yet-undisclosed manner; Owlman, a diabolical master planner whose highly advanced mind allowed him to momentarily dominate other minds without their knowledge; Power Ring, who had received a mystical ring of almost limitless power from a mad Buddhist monk named Volthoom; Superwoman, a renegade Amazon who possessed extraordinary super-strength and a magic lasso capable of reshaping itself at its mistress' command into almost anything; and Ultraman, the strongest of them all, who received a new super-power every time he was exposed to Kryptonite.
It was during one such exposure that Ultraman suddenly developed Ultra-vision, which enabled him to peer through the dimensional veil and discover the parallel world called Earth-1. Fearing they were growing rusty battling the normal forces of their own world, the Crime Syndicate decided to travel to Earth-1 and take on the members of the Justice League of America in an effort to hone their skills. It ultimately required the combined memberships of the Justice League and Justice Society of America to defeat the Syndicators, who were left in a life-sustaining bubble between the dimensions, surrounded by signs in every language designed to warn those who might attempt to free them.
Despite the warnings, members of the Crime Syndicate were freed from the bubble several times over the years, joining with such other criminals such as Per Degaton and the Secret Society of Super-Villains.