Peacemaker is the name of a series of superheroes originally owned by Charlton Comics and later acquired by DC Comics. The original Peacemaker first appeared in Fightin' 5 #40 (November 1966) and was created by writer Joe Gill and artist Pat Boyette.
The original Peacemaker is Christopher Smith, a pacifist diplomat so committed to peace that he was willing to use force as a superhero to advance the cause. For a time, the Peacemaker serves as a U.S. government agent under the auspices of Checkmate, a special-forces unit, hunting down terrorists until his own behavior becomes too extreme. He eventually crashes a helicopter to destroy tanks controlled by the supervillain Eclipso and is reported dead.
The second Peacemaker was Mitchell Black, a surgeon, who was recruited by the "Peacemaker Project", an organization unaffiliated with the Pax Institute and the US government's "Project Peacemaker". Black would reappear in the miniseries titled The L.A.W., reunited with the other Charlton Heroes.
He was the inspiration of The Comedian from Watchmen.
- Abusive Parents: Christopher Smith's peace-through-violence efforts were the result of a serious mental illness brought on by the shame of having a Nazi death camp commandant for a father.
- Anti-Hero: He grew so committed to peace, he eventually decided to enforce it by becoming a vigilante and killing those who stand in its way.
- Boxed Crook: When he served in the Vietnam War and participated in killing a civilian village, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He earned early release by participating in the Peacemaker project.
- Chest Insignia: A dove in front of a yellow shield.
- Cool Helmet: That he believes holds ghosts within it.
- Hearing Voices: He hears the ghost of his Nazi father urging him to violence.
- Knight Templar: He's so commited to peace he was willing to use force.
- The Mentally Disturbed: He's a mentally unstable pacifist believed that the ghosts of the people he killed, or who were killed in his vicinity, are collected inside his helmet and can offer him advice and commentary.