They say big things come in small packages. So does trouble. Take the case of the diminutive psionic super-villain Doctor Psycho.
Wonder Woman’s longtime enemy Edgar Cizko began his criminal career as a man wrongfully imprisoned due to a frame-up by a romantic rival named Ben Bradley. The experience awakened in Cizko latent powers of illusion and hypnosis. He used his abilities to bend people (particularly women, whom he resented) to his will, and often fought the Amazon Princess.
Following the history-altering events of 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths, Edgar Cizko was reintroduced as a psychologist obsessed with telepathy, leading some to mockingly call him “Dr. Psycho.” But thanks to his research, he gained a multitude of psionic powers. He possessed powers not only of telepathy, but mind control, telekinesis, astral projection and psi energy (or ectokinesis) that he could use to create and animate constructs. Unfortunately, Cizko was a sadist who hated women and enjoyed terrifying and torturing people to further his research into the human mind…and sometimes simply for enjoyment. More than once, he’s helped other villains attack or manipulate Earth’s heroes. Upon occasion, he has joined the Secret Society of Super-Villains (a.k.a. the Society).
psychic power, psionics, astral projection, telepathy, telekinesis, mind control, ectokinesis
WONDER WOMAN #5 (1943)