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Lobo is a loud-mouthed bounty-hunting biker with looks akin
to Kiss singer Gene Simmons. But
instead of busting out a rocking single he’s busting out the big guns.
Lobo was created by Roger Slider and Keith Giffen, first
appearing with his flying motorcycle in Omega Men #3. He continued to appear in the series and was revealed to be
part of a race decimated by the Psions, known as the Velorpian’s. This origin story was later scrapped
and Lobo’s current origin story was introduced in “Lobo: The Last Czarnian.” Similar to the previous, Lobo is the
last member of his race – now the Czarnian’s. Unlike his original origin, however, Lobo killed all the
other Czarnian’s rather than an opposing race. Why? For fun of
Lobo worked as a mercenary, flying across galaxies with his
hog. Despite the large amounts of
blood and violence Lobo brings with him to help with the “family friendly”
image of DC comics Lobo’s swearing is replaced with now classic words including
“fragging” and “bastich.” Emotionally, he has the arrogance of Booster Gold and often
refers to himself as “The Main Man.”
He only has concern for space dolphins – hurt one of them and he will
kill you without a second’s hesitation.
He also saves a diner on a distant planet from destruction since it is
his favorite place to eat, earning a somewhat “friendship” with the owner Al
and his only waitress Darlene.
Physically, Lobo can butt heads with Superman, having a
muscular body with strength to match.
He is capable of breathing in space and can heal fatal wounds in seconds
– sometimes getting limbs torn off and still surviving. These “powers” of his vary in strength
depending on the series: sometimes Lobo has enough power to take on the devil
himself and other times he is just a simple strongman with a ton of weapons, most recognizably his carving blades
and titanium whip. Lobo also has a
trouble-making bulldog named Dawg that often gets into more scraps than he
Despite being the creator of most massacres, Lobo has joined
several teams on the side of good including L.E.G.I.O.N., Young Justice (when
he was magically transformed into a teenager) and even the Justice League. He has also paired up with numerous
heroes including Superman, Guy Gardner and Etrigan the Demon. Mostly, Lobo has crossed-over into
other series and has had several successful mini-series and his own on-going
series that lasted for two volumes.
He also appeared in a two-part series, “Lobo:
Highway to Hell” and has recently appeared in “Weird Worlds.” In an ongoing story Lobo was seen
returning from Hell in “Reign of Hell,” revealing that a clone he had previously
fought had taken his place for some time while he was trapped in hell serving
Neron, the Lord of Lies. Lobo was
later frozen by Zatanna.
Lobo’s name means “he who devours your entrails and
thoroughly enjoys it.” He has been
thrown out of both Hell and Heaven (what were they even thinking letting him in
there in the first place?). He is
portrayed as a ruthless murderer, killing without a conscious for money or just
for fun. You know when you see
Lobo, people are about to get fragged.