Psycho-Pirate has the mystical ability to cause his victims to experience whatever emotion he portrays with his facial expression, with Unearthly ability. The Psycho-Pirate can induce specific fears, or cause his victims to see illusions that incite strong emotions in him or her.
Psychology * Miming * Burglery
The Secret Society of Super-Villains
Charley Halstead, a linotyper for the Daily Courier newspaper, was a greedy man who was intensely jealous of his publisher, Rex Morgan. Under the alias of the Psycho-Pirate, Halstead masterminded a series of crimes based on emotions, and challenged the Justice Society of America to stop him. Ultimately, the Psycho-Pirate attempted to destroy Morgan by driving him to despair. The original Atom discovered the Psycho-Pirate's true identity. Halstead shot him, but the wounded Atom made it to the Courier and exposed Halstead as the Psycho-Pirate. Halstead went to prison, but he battled the JSA on two later occasions.
Before dying in prison, Halstead told his cell-mate Roger Hayden all he know of the causes and effects of human emotions so that he could become the now Psycho-Pirate. Halstead also told Hayden about the enchanted Medusa Masks, which were found on an archaeological expedition by Kent Nelson, the human alter ego of Doctor Fate, and his wife Inza. Hayden stole the masks and used them to give himself the power to manipulate people's emotions. The new Psycho-Pirate battled Doctor Fate and the first Hourman, but Doctor Fate defeated him.
Subsequently, the Psycho-Pirate clashed with the Spectre and the Justice Society. He also joined the Ultra-Humanite's Secret Society of Super-Villains.
Using his power caused the Psycho-Pirate great mental agony, which finally drove him mad. Harbinger recruited him from his asylum to aid the Monitor during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. However, the Psycho-Pirate, sane again, soon joined forces with the Anti-Monitor, destroyer of alternate universes. After the second Flash forced the Psycho-Pirate to aid him against the Anti-Monitor, the Psycho-Pirate went thoroughly insane in terror of the Anti-Monitor's wrath. The Psycho-Pirate is now in Arkham Asylum. Apart from Earth's super-heroes, the Psycho-Pirate is the only living being who still remembers the existence of the alternate universes destroyed during the crisis.