Pre-Crisis, Lobo was a member of the Velorpian race. Velorpians were difficult to kill, because they possessed the ability to replicate themselves from any injury short of complete vaporization. This led to overpopulation and a legacy of greed. The Psions eventually gave the Velorpians a poison that would lead to their downfall. Lobo was the only survivor.
Hired by the Citadel to attack the Omega Men, Lobo felt there was a breach of contract when he was not trusted to capture Tigorr alone. In revenge, Lobo helped the Omega Men assassinate the Gordanian leader. Lobo would later help the Omega Men for free, attributing his "going soft" to the sight of counterfeit Velorpians.
The last story of the Vega star system ended with Lobo taking the contract on his former partner, Bedlam.
Post-Crisis, Lobo was born on the peaceful planet Czarnia. By some accounts, he tore out of his mother's womb. By others, his mother told him to find what he did best before he killed her. Other accounts claim his parents became hermits due to the evil they unleashed. There were many theories as to why Lobo inflicted violence, which was unheard of on Czarnia. Though the exact cause was never determined, it was concluded that Lobo was just plain bad.
At the age of two, Lobo requested a song to be played continuously on station Cosmic Rock Zombie. It was "I Killed My Folks (No Accident)" which Wolfman Wilf played non-stop out of fear for his life. Lobo had become fed up with being like others, and set out to establish his own identity. This meant a wardrobe change.
By age 16, he had killed half the planet's population. By age 17, he had engineered a plague that caused irreversible neural damage and excruciating pain for days before the victim died. Having made himself immune, he murdered 5 billion Czarnians while he played death metal. Only one Czarnian survived the plague - Lobo's fourth grade teacher.
Having no plans to rule a dead planet, Lobo set out to find employment to feed his space dolphins. After several failed jobs, he became a bounty hunter. One of his contracts from Manga Khan was to kill the Justice League.
Initially, Lobo was a recurring character in the Omega Men and created by Keith Giffen and Roger Slifer. He was created, according to Giffen, as satire for violent anti-heroes like Wolverine and Punisher. Everything about him is outlandish and excessive, from his origin to his powers, even his very language. He was retconned by Alan Grant and Simon Bisley in 1990 and his popularity soared.
As a bounty hunter Lobo will take up any contract if the money's right. Whether it be his fourth grade teacher, Santa Claus, or God himself, Lobo will get the job done. He has been barred from Heaven and Hell, effectively making him immortal by default. His speech is peppered with (what Detective Comics hoped was) family friendly profanity such as "frag" and "bastich."
He is not all that bad though, as he's always true to his word and a conservationist of Space Dolphins.
In his travels around the universe, Lobo has frequently found himself either on Earth or encountering its heroes. Lobo is rarely diplomatic and these encounters often become violent. Lobo's first trip to Earth (as well as many later encounters) saw him clash with Superman. As both of them are immensely powerful and unable to decisively beat the other, Superman usually has to find a way to appease Lobo before the damage (and the death toll) gets too severe. Due to his inability to beat Superman, Lobo will often challenge him in an effort to finally prove he is better.
Powers and Abilities
It is said that Czarnians can only be truly killed by other Czarnians (though this does not matter to Lobo either way, as he cannot die by any means). Furthermore, Lobo has been banned from entering either Heaven or Hell. Lobo can survive unaided in the vacuum of space.
Lobo possesses super strength that enables him to lift over 100 tons. He also has superhuman durability and a healing factor that allows him to heal from even the most serious of injuries fast. Despite his size, Lobo is surprisingly quick. Lobo is able to survive the rigors of space without food or air, although he needs booze regularly. Not for survival, just because. Lobo has an unbelievably good sense of smell that allows him to track anyone he's met within a few solar systems.
He can also smoke cigars in airless space, because he needs his cigars. He was also able to create copies of himself from a single drop of blood, though Vril Dox of L.E.G.I.O.N. was able to turn off this power. His weapon of choice is a chain and hook (the durability of which has yet to be determined). He also utilizes an arsenal of deadly weaponry, usually guns or explosives that are ridiculously big and loud. Also he has at times shown to have an ability commonly referred to as "Bottomless Satchel" .This means he can pull guns, explosives, ammo, etc. out of no where or out of something that was smaller then the item itself (ex: pulling a cannon out from behind his back) though he has not yet displayed this ability in the "New 52". His preferred mode of transport is his SpazFrag 666, a flying motorcycle.
- Height: 6'6"
- Weight: 210 lbs
- Eyes: Red
- Hair: Black
Major Story Arcs
Justice League International
Lord Manga hires Lobo to kill the Justice League International team of Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Rocket Red, and G'Nort,
who are fallowing Lord Manga and the Cluster to get back the kidnapped Mr. Miracle. Lobo's payment is 10 year supply of "dolphin mix", perfect for his Space Dolphin pets. When Lobo catches up to the Justice League, he destroys Rocket Reds suit, and nearly kills Martian Manhunter. But then Big Barbra uses her power rod to teleport Lobo to earth where he falls on top of Guy Gardner starting a fight with the recently back to his old self Green Lantern.
After a brief fight that is finally broken up by Booster Gold and Blue Beetle, Lobo learns that the rest of the Justice League will return and so he makes up a lie that Big Barbra sent him to wait for them. That is how Lobo got teleported with the rest of the team to Apokolips, when Big Barbra boom tubed the team to help rescue Mr. Miracle. While on Apokolips he tried to full fill his contract but was stopped when Lord Manga, who made a deal with Darkseid, calls off the contract. Lobo is fully paid but still angry he didn't get to kill anyone.
Later, Lobo took a vow of nonviolence from the "Great Fishy One" as seen in the series 52 and had taken a quest to find the Great Emerald Eye.
Upon completion of the quest, Lobo discovers that the eye is the only weapon capable of destroying the Great Fishy One and is seen using it, supposedly to free himself of his vow.
Reign in Hell
Recently, it was revealed that Lobo has been trapped in Hell for quite some time, his sins and guilt being used to power an entire region of Hell. Supposedly, the Lobo seen before is actually a clone of the real Lobo created by Neron and set loose upon the universe. In the fight between Etrigan and Blue Devil, Lobo is released, and proceeds to slaughter his way through Hell, looking for Neron, the one who imprisoned him. His onslaught is stopped by Zatanna, who, after realizing she cannot stop him without killing him, simply freezes him and departs.
Lobo later appears after the events of Blackest Night. Atrocitus hires Lobo to eradicate Hal Jordan, Carol Ferris and Sinestro. However, he fails at his mission and as he departs from Earth, he manages to obtain a Red Lantern ring. It is revealed then that Lobo did not fail his mission, it only appeared so. Lobo was hired by Atrocitus to put on a show, and make Atrocitus look good towards the Green Lanterns. Hal Jordan even stated himself that Lobo usually puts up more of a fight, and it was then revealed that Lobo was only there for the sake of giving Atrocitus favour from the Lanterns.
Due to the fact that the Space Church that Lobo oversaw, was spending more money then it was taking in Lobo needed to work for Vril Dox as his personal enforcer. While under Dox's employment Lobo fought Altin Ad'Ms, the green lantern of sector 2828, to a stand still. He was later tricked into thinking that there was another Czarnian still alive but it turned out to be Astrild Storm-daughter, using a combination of pheromones and her powers to confuse Lobo, for this trick Lobo later killed Astrild. After tracking Astrild to the Psion homeworld he would go toe to toe with Smite, Astrild only true friend. The fight would only pause because Lobo was winning and wanted to get drunk instead of fighting. Hours later Lobo and Smite are found at a bar just sharing a Psion beer and war strories. Lobo then explains to Smite he shouldn't be mad at Lobo, he should be mad at Starro, the man who sent Astrild after Lobo. Lobo is last seen with Smite about to attack a helpless Starro.
In his first appearance in the New 52 Story Arc Lobo is imprisoned in a maximum security prison in Colorado. He was discovered unconscious in a crashed spacecraft in the deserts of New Mexico along with many other aliens. It appeared that Lobo was the pilot of the ship called "The Ark" and that it was carrying slaves. After attempting to escape the prison, his tremendous strength and ferocity was realized and he was restrained in the most effective manner. Eventually Lobo manages to overpower the reverse polarity restraints and escapes. He easily destroys every wave of defense the prison had to offer and escapes the prison, bittered by his long imprisonment he vowed destroy Earth as soon as possible, but not before getting revenge on the prisons Director Maxim. Deathstroke , Zealot and The Omegas is hired by Maxim to to track down and defeat Lobo. Lobo was then defeated on The Ark seconds before his plan came to pass.
In New 52 Stormwatch, Lobo makes an appearance that is similar to his appearance that is similar to his appearance pre New-52. It could suggest that the Lobo we saw in Deathstroke was retconned, and that the version shown here is the Lobo they're sticking with. In Stormwatch Issue 20, Lobo is seduced by a strange form of alien, trying to suggest that Lobo helps them in their plan by persudaing him with space dolphins. Lobo, with his love for space dolphins accepts the deal.
The Lobo which appeared in Deathstroke and Stormwatch was an imposter and the real has a slicker costume which is a drastic change from previous interpretations of the character although the personality remains similar. The real Lobo is given information that the imposter is located on Earth. The true Lobo is going to Earth to meet the imposter calling himself The Main Man.
Psion Homeworld Mthologogy
For centuries the Czarnians were left alone by the warfaring races of the galaxy, because of the fact that the Czarnians were impossable to kill. For every drop of blood spilled two Czarnians would sping to life. The warfaring races were glad that the Czarnians had no intrest in leaving their homeworld. Then one day a misfit Czarnia, Lobo, started making trouble, he was much stronger then the others and more prone to violence, so they banished him. While banished Lobo learned how to kill a Czarnian without spilling its blood. Before the rest of the Czarnians could plan an attack it was too late and Lobo had killed them all. Now because the Czarnians had no intrest in leaving the planet Lobo had to wait for a alien race to happen upon the planet so that he could steal there ride, his symbolistic motorcyle.
Lobo is usually seen as a mercenary with dirty habits. However, in Tiny Titans, the Main Man is shown as the gym teacher for Sidekick's University. His cigars, alcohol, nor does his motorcycle appear in any of the issues. In Tiny Titans, Lobo prefers coffee, and has a strict, fit, and stern attitude with the kids in the University.
DC Animated Universe
In the DC Animated Universe, Lobo is seen first collecting the last Kryptonian (only to be collected himself and reluctantly team with Superman to escape), then a cameo as he flirts with Maxima, and again in an episode in which Toyman supposedly kills Super-Man. When the JLA starts looking for a new member to take Superman's place, Lobo crashes into the Watchtower in his bike and starts hanging around the JLA even though they obviously don't want him. While he is shown as being a powerhouse, the DCU's Lobo is mostly played for laughs. Lobo in the DCAU is voiced by Brad Garrett.
Young Justice Invasion
In his most recent appearance , Lobo is seen in Young Justice Invasion when The Main Man comes to earth with a bounty on the alien "Tseng". Tseng, being disguised in a suit that resembles a political figure, uses this human shell to gain the trust and protection of Wonder Girl and Bat Girl from Lobos' wrath. Lobo is easily able to fend off the two and in the end is seen capturing Tseng and flying off on his motorcycle. He is voiced by David Sobolov.
Lobo also had his own TV series which had Lobo using four letter curse words. The TV series was created by DC for MTV television, and DC harnessed all of the bad that Lobo could possibly be on television. An example is the statement that Lobo made in his presidential episode, "F you uncle Sam, I am L.O.B.O." - Lobo. The show had one season with over 10 episodes. The Lobo TV series also had sex, gore, and lots of nudity! The show ended in the same year that it was created in, 2002.
In the year of 2002 Scott Leberecht directed a movie about Lobo called The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special. Lobo is played by Actor Andrew Bryniarski.
In 2009 it was announced that Guy Ritchie would be directing a Lobo movie. A script was written by Don Payne. In the script Lobo would track four dangerous aliens to Earth, where he would hunt them down and become friends with an Earth girl. The movie was targeted to be PG-13. Guy Ritchie eventually left the project to pursue making Sherlock Holmes 2, and the film seemed to die out.
Recently, Warner Bros. has announced that Journey 2 and Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore director Brad Peyton will replace Ritchie in directing the film. Peyton is presumably working with the script Payne has written. The release date has not been released yet.
In 1996 Ocean Software began making a Lobo fighting game for the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis.A six page preview of the game was in the magazine Nintendo Power in 1996. The game featured characters such as Loo, Denitro, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and of course Lobo. The game was eventually cancelled and only a prototype of the Sega Genesis version of the game was the only thing to surface.
In 2003 Kemco USA started development on a beat-em-up Lobo game for the Playstation 2 and Xbox. The game was cancelled for unknown reasons a few years later. The players would have been able to control Lobo and use a variety of weapons such as guns, knives, chains, and Lobo's signature weapon: a hook and chain. No screenshots were ever released by Kemco, and the only thing revealed for the game was a cover art design created by Simon Bisley.
INJUSTICE: Gods Among Us.
2013 Netherealm Studios has made Lobo as the first playable DLC character in the game INJUSTICE: Gods Among Us. He is voiced by David Sobolov, who also did his voice in Young Justice.
Lobo also appears in Doomsdays ending. The narrator mentions that Doomsday is excited to confront Lobo in his ending.
Lobo also says his trademark swear word "bastich'' in the game.
In Lobo's entrance, he is seen flying into the arena on his intergalatic spacehog, the SpazFrag666. He gets off the bike, and pulls out a cigar and a blow torch, while saying "It's time to liven up the joint.", he then puts the cigar in his mouth, and lights it up.
In Lobo's outro, he is shown walking up to his laid out opponent, and ashes his cigar above them. He then walks onto his bike, and lays back to relax.
In Lobo's battle ending, his story and involvement in Injustice ,is that Regime Superman had hired Lobo to go after the Insurgency. Lobo, after completing his mission and collecting his bounty, which makes him one of the richest men in the universe, he then targets The New Gods of The New Genesis.