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Pieter Anton Cross

Alias: Midnight Doctor
Doctor Mid-Nite

Date of birth: April 5, 1962
Place of birth: Norway

Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black
Height: 5' 10''
Weight: 175 lbs.
Race: Human

Occupation: Crime-fighter, former physician
Legal Status: U.S. citizen
Marital Status: Single
Identity: Secret
Known relatives: Theodoric Cross (father)
Group affiliation: Justice Society of America
Base of operations: Portsmouth City, USA

Story: Pieter Anton Cross was a gifted child, graduating from Harvard with a medical degree at the age of 19. He became a gifted surgeon, working with advanced limb grafting, until a scandal forced him out of the established medical circle [1].

After the scandal, Dr. Cross started working on the streets, providing health care to the poor, the homeless and the working boys and girls under the name Midnight Doctor. Along the way he collected a team of helpers with whom he could find and treat those in need [1].

While investigating a new and dangerous mutagenic steroid on the streets (a derivative of the Venom serum called A39), he was given a drink spiked with the drug, and on his way home when the effect of the drug kicked in, and he crashed his car and ended up in the hospital. When he woke up, he could not see anything. At first he thought he had lost his sight, but instead it had changed. The combination of A39 and the sober pills he had used to remove the effect of alcohol when he was visiting the bars had given him a sort of night sight where he could see light in the lower spectrum. With his new abilities, Pieter Cross created a costume with special goggles allowing him to see better and assorted gadgets of his own design and took the name Doctor Mid-Nite. When Cross discovered his new vision he also met the owl that became his pet/partner [1].

With his new powers, he hunted down and stopped Largo Sham and his organization Praeda Industries, and stopped the production of A39 [2].

When the villain Ian Karkull controlled the mind of Todd Rice, Obsidian, and sent him out to get even with Sentinel for destroying his body, Doctor Mid-Nite met the group when the possessed Obsidian had defeated most of the JSA and Black Canary escaped thru a window [3]. With his powers ideally suited to counter Obsidian's powers, he and JSA defeated Obsidian. Obsidian himself killed off Karkull, but went insane and ended up dead in the fight with JSA. After the fight, Mid-Nite was offered to join the team [4], which he did.

Skills & abilities: Ability to see in the infra red part of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Equipment: High-tech medical equipment, blackout bombs, and special lenses allowing him to see in light in the normal visible spectrum, and gives him ultrasonic vision (a type of x-ray vision).

Continuity: post-crisis New Earth/Earth-0
Publisher(s): DC Comics
First app.: Doctor Mid-Nite #1 (1999)
Creator(s): Matt Wagner
John K. Snyder III
Country of origin: USA USA

References: 1: Doctor Mid-Nite #1
2: Doctor Mid-Nite #3
3: JSA #7
4: JSA #9

Related links/characters:
- Alan Wellington Scott/Sentinel
- Ice sickle
- Nite-Lite
- Todd James Rice/Obsidian
- Wildcat