Lobo (DC Comics)

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Lobo is an American comic book character from DC Comics , created by Keith Giffen and Roger Slifer . In addition to various mini-series and guest appearances in series with other main characters, the character also appeared in a separate series by the author Alan Grant .

Figure of Lobo

Creation and publication

The alien bounty hunter Lobo made his first appearance in 1983 in issue 3 of the Omega Men series , written by Roger Slifer and drawn by Keith Giffen. Visually, he was still very different from the later known appearance, so he wore a purple-orange latex suit on his first appearance . Just like another bounty hunter named Bedlam, who appeared in the same issue, Lobo also acted with a brutality unfamiliar for comics at the time, while satirical exaggerations in contrast to later appearances of the character were still missing.

Lobo was then revised five years later, in 1988, in issues 18 and 19 of the Justice League International series, written by Lobo's co-creator Keith Giffen. The appearance of Lobos was heavily revised, so he now wore leather clothing with rivets and chains and outwardly looked more like a rocker . The first satirical approaches were also recognizable.

Another year later, Lobo became one of the main characters in the series LEGION , again under the author Keith Giffen, with artist Barry Kitson again slightly revising Lobo's appearance.

This was followed by numerous guest appearances in the series of other DC heroes, including Superman , Wonder Woman , Green Lantern and the Justice League , with Lobo's appearance almost always only serving the purpose of beating up the respective main character of the series (particularly often Superman).

In 1990 Lobo received his first own four-part miniseries entitled "Mrs. Tribb ”(by author Alan Grant and illustrator Simon Bisley), which, according to the imprint on the cover, was explicitly recommended only for adult readers due to its high level of violence. This was followed by other mini-series such as “Lobo's Back” and specials such as the “Paramilitary Christmas Special” (in the latter, Lobo killed Santa Claus ), with which the step towards superhero satire was finally completed.

In 1993, Lobo received an ongoing monthly series written by Alan Grant and initially drawn by Val Semeiks. In contrast to the miniseries and specials that continue to appear at the same time, however, the violence content was reduced a little and at the same time the satirical elements made more compatible with the masses in order to be able to sell the series to younger readers. The series was discontinued in 1999 with issue 64, which brought it to a total of 66 issues, including two issues with the "special numbers" 0 and 1,000,000.

Since then, Lobo has also been a guest in various other heroic comics and had a longer appearance in the Young Justice series , where he stood by the young heroes of the DC universe as "Li'l Lobo".

In September 1997 appeared as part of a crossover between DC Comics and Marvel Comics under the joint label " Amalgam Comics " a single issue with the title "Lobo, the Duck", a cross between Lobo and the Marvel character Howard the Duck .

The first German adventures with Lobo were two volumes from the Hethke publishing house, which included the US miniseries “Mrs. Tribb ”reprinted. The Dino Entertainment respectively the Dino publishing house published in October 1997, a continuous monthly Lobo series, which appeared to December 2000 and a total of 39 booklets almost all editions of the monthly US series reprinted. Dino also published various specials and special volumes containing numerous US specials and mini-series. The end of the monthly series at Dino (due to the running out of material from the USA) coincided with the discontinuation of all DC superhero series of the publisher, with Lobo being the only series from the "superhero" area that was economically successful . In 2005 four more volumes were published by Panini Verlag .

Description of the figure

Lobo was born on the once peaceful, paradise-like planet of Czarnia. According to his own statement, his name comes from Khundic, an extraterrestrial language, and means something like "He who devours your bowels and enjoys it". From birth, Lobo was an extremely brutal contemporary; at the age of sixteen he finally devised a plan to kill all the inhabitants of his planet with poisonous insects, whereupon he became the killer of his entire kind. His goal of being unique was thus achieved.

Since then he has been hiring himself as a bounty hunter, and his enormous, superhuman physical strength and innate healing abilities are of great help to him. As a result of the events of the miniseries "Lobo's Back", Lobo is undesirable in both heaven and hell, and thus completely immortal . He also has the ability to create a clone of himself from each drop of his blood, which has all the memories of the original, but this ability was later taken from him. Furthermore, a mini radio is implanted in his head, which plays heavy metal music continuously, as this is the only thing that makes him calm.

Lobo's greatest weakness is his self-imposed code of honor, which forces him to keep a promise once given unless he can find a loophole. He despises all that is good and therefore prefers to mess with superheroes (including Superman ). Even the Santa Claus is one of his victims.

Lobo drinks beer, smokes cigars, swears, listens to heavy metal with preference and moves around on a kind of space motorcycle (called SONYA), which he can call up at any time like a horse by whistling once.

Li'l Lobo

During the DC crossover "Sins of Youth" (German: "Sins of Youth"), all the young heroes of the DC universe grew up and the adults became young. At the end of this story, everyone on earth was restored to their natural state. Since Lobo was not on earth at the time, he stayed young and joined the young team of heroes, Young Justice , where, as the most brutal and indecent member, he was often the source of controversy. During the crossover "Our Worlds at War" (German: "Der Weltenkrieg") Li'l Lobo was killed, but his cloning ability, which he regained with his makeover, produced an innumerable number of clones. One clone, however, was defective, its bodily functions gradually failed, and it remained as Slobo of the YJ until its transformation into a statue .

Minor characters

Jonas Glim

A bounty hunter and Lobo's best "friend". Characteristic are his tusks and his "Krupps 101 with limitless, step-adjustable firepower", a weapon that his father gave him when he was arrested. In one story, he also uses them to shoot his father.


Al is a sleazy pub owner who has already opened restaurants called "Al's Diner" in various places in the universe with Darlene, his waitress. Lobo is his regular customer, although most of the time he only comes by by chance. Basically, Lobo's visits to Al's Diner end with the place being blown up.


Darlene is a waitress and the constant object of desire of Lobo. Though attractive, she's also extremely prudish and arguably the only one in the universe who has popped Lobo without getting killed. But she secretly raves about the masculine Lobo.

Gold star

Goldstar is Lobo's archenemy, an absolute clean man and scout. Goldstar temporarily loses memory when Lobo destroys his home planet. Subsequently, Lobo and Jonas Glim claim that he is their slave. They humiliate and beat him until one day he regains his memory. Goldstar is torn apart by his own energies when he even tries to protect Lobo and his drinking buddies from Darkseid, whom they attacked as a party gag.

Vril Dox

The former boss of Lobo during his time at LEGION Lobo hates Vril but has given his word not to attack him. Dox uses Lobo here and there for tasks that require a special approach.


year title publishing company Remarks US booklets
1991-1992 Lobo # 1-2 Hethke Hardcover Lobo (1st) # 1-4
1997 DC / Marvel # 13 Dino Crossover with Marvel Comics Lobo the Duck
1997-01 Lobo # 1-39 Dino # 1, 6 & 20 as variant covers / from # 28 with Hitman Lobo (2nd) # 0-64 (except 21) / Lobo & Hitman / I quit
1998-00 Special # 1-5 Dino # 1-5 as variant cover various specials, annuals and one-shots
1998-00 Special tape # 1-6 Dino # 1 as variant cover various mini-series, one-shots and crossovers
1998 DC crossover # 25 Dino Lobo & Judge Dredd
1999 Convention Special Dino Exclusively for comic action Convention Special
2003 Lobo vs. Superman Panini various Superman crossovers
2004 Unleashed # 1-3 Panini # 1 as variant cover Unbound # 1-6
2004 The Authority Sp # 4: Lobo mg-publishing with two variant covers The Authority vs Lobo - Paramilitary X-Mas II
2005 Paperback # 1-4 Panini Greatest Hits, The Last Czarnian, Infanticide & Unleashed Greatest hits / various miniseries
2006 Lobo / The Authority Panini also as a variant cover The Authority & Lobo: Spring Break Massacre
2006 Lobo # 11½ Panini Exclusively for comic action Lobo (2nd) # 21
2008 Lobo goes Hollywood Panini Exclusively for comic action Lobo goes Hollywood
2010 Batman / Lobo Panini Published as volume 66 in the series "DC Premium" Batman / Lobo: Deadly Serious 1 + 2
  • various guest appearances in other series (e.g. DC / Marvel # 1-3 & Young Justice)

Television appearances

Lobo made guest appearances on the animated series Superman (1996) and the Justice League .

  • Superman : "The last of its kind" (Episodes 109-110)
  • Superman: "The Queen of Warriors" (episode 336)
  • Justice League : "Hereafter" (episodes 217-218) [not yet broadcast in Germany]

In the second season of the television series Krypton broadcast in 2019 , Lobo appears as a new character.


In 2002, director Scott Leberecht made a live action version of Lobo for the American Film Institute. The 15-minute short is about the comic book The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special and was shot on a budget of $ 2,400. Lobo is played by Andrew Bryniarski and Santa Claus by Michael Allen . The film was first shown in May 2002 at the American Film Institute . Performances at US comic conventions followed.




Individual evidence

  1. a b c Viva Lobo !!! Part 1, published in: Lobo # 1, Dino Comics 1997.
  2. a b Viva Lobo !!! Part 2, published in: Lobo # 2, Dino Comics 1997.
  3. Hit Comics # 22, Karicartoon Verlag, December 2000
  4. Official (fictional) biography Lobos , DC Comics. Accessed December 30, 2007.

Web links

Commons : Lobo  - collection of images, videos and audio files