Religion: compulsive gambler; repentant
Name: Peter Carnahan
Other Names: Mr. Peter
First Appearance: Action Comics (vol. 1) #24 (May 1940): "Carnahan's Heir"
Number of Appearances: 1
Enemy of: Jake Brent
Employer: Rufus Carnahan Home for Youth
Peter Carnahan was the son of Rufus Carnahan, an industrialist who was one of the wealthiest men in Metropolis. Peter's father contacted Superman to ask the hero for help in reforming his son's character.
Carnahan told Superman, "I suppose you would call me a successful businessman. I built up a huge fortune thru long years of sweating and planning. But now, when I am about to die from old age, I've suddenly discovered that I'm a failure! I've learned that Peter, the son I've neglected and indulged thru the years, is a weak-kneed sop and spendthrift -- that he suffers huge gambling losses! I've heard of your great sense of humanity! Assist me, I implore you! Straighten out my son's character so that he will be a man! I'll pay you any amount!"
The elder Carnahan's words essentially echo those of President David O'McKay, who in 1954 famously said, "No success can compensate for failure in the home."