Lobo is the last survivor of the tranquil, peace loving Czarnian (Velorpian in Giffen's Omega Men) race. Pacifism, however, was not in Lobo's nature. He bit off the midwife's fingers, frightened a delivery nurse to death and attacked staff with scalpels at his own birth. His name is Khundian for "he who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it." The carnage was only just beginning, Lobo killed every person charged with overseeing him until he decided to kill every last Czarnian. With his genocide complete, he decided to become a bounty hunter. He would help the Omega Men to defeat the Spider Guild and the Citadel.
Czarnia, paradise of peace, love, and quiet joy, where the days were long and the nights golden, and the dream of every dreamer was fulfilled. There was no war. There was no hunger. Death came only to those who chose it as an alternative to everlasting life. There was no violence. There was not even a word for "quarrel," or "dispute," or "hatred," beyond the phrase translatable as "I mildly disagree with you and am more than willing to enter into harmonious dialogue with a view to resolution thereof.", but into Eden a serpent was born, and the name of this evil was Lobo.
It's said that the midwife who delivered him felt a strange, unknown sensation at the moment of birth. With hindsight, we now know that to have been terrified apprehension. "The devil!" she screamed. "The devil incarnate!" No one knew what she was talking about, and to that unnamed martyr fell the dubious honor of being Lobo's first victim. She became the planet's first mental patient in more than ten millenia, and no one ever knew why she refused to re-grow the four fingers the noxious Child of Darkness had chewed off. The best minds of Czarnia - the best minds in existence - spent years in analysis of the Lobo phenomenon. The theories were endless: Rogue Gene; Demonic Possession; the Scapegoat Hypothesis, which maintained he was the universe's way of balancing out Czarnia's overabundance of the good things in life; Heideleidle's Uncertainty Something, whose followers insisted Lobo had to happen sometime, somewhere, and it was only bad luck he happened here.
Lubls believed that, owing to some quirk, the one hundred percent of the mental power of all Czarnians channeled into life enhancement was somehow reversed in Lobo. All his will, his energy, his ability, was directed toward creating mayhem as often and as ubiquitously as he could manage - which was quite a lot. In fact, a whole lot.
Certainly, he cut a swathe through the intellectual bliss of the Czarnian education system. Never one to study if he could beat up on a classmate - or a teacher - Lobo soon "ran his school". Even as a five-year-old he was unbelievably ferocious, a fact attested to by his first-ever principal, Egon N'g, whose throat the odious child ripped out in a temper tantrum. When neighbors found him, scrawled on the floor in his own blood was the message: "My faith in the natural goodness of the scheme of things has been severely shaken, if not totally destroyed. I rejoin the Universal One. Farewell, Paradise! P.S. - for your own sake, create the concepts of police, punishment, and prison."
It took a lot of blood. Mr. N'g was a long time dying. For a time there was excited discussion. Police. Punishment. Prison. What in the name of cornucopian bliss were they? And meanwhile, in the classrooms of Czarnia, spilled blood, bruised bodies, and broken bones marked the Serpent's progress. An era was over. In the far galactic distance a muffled drum began to beat, heralding the passing of perfection.
On an ornate balcony set high among Czarnia's slender towering spires, the archfiend Lobo relaxed. A glass of sparkling neurowine wet lips dry with obscene anticipation. He ran his other hand through his hair, a swift, graceful movement he'd spent long months perfecting. In the satin sheen of a plasglas wall, he caught sight of his reflection. He smirked, sighed, well pleased with what he saw. Mr. Maximum Cool. Chiller. The Ultimate Freeze. By grade school he was almost blase about violence, even in its worst extremes. He detested everyone he met, and treated them accordingly. All Czarnia knew and feared the name Lobo.
Until, in his late teens, his monstrously swollen ego took the final step. Employing an intelligence that might in different circumstances have seen him become one of the universe's all-time top brain surgeons, Lobo got to work in biology class. He emerged with something 117 microns long, airborne, of scorpion-like appearance, that burrows into flesh. Had any witnesses survived, they might have told of the spine-chilling laugh that split the air as he smashed the vile vials containing certain death for Czarnia and her fabulous children. The laugh wafted upward on the wind and many a victim would swear that, even as they felt the excruciating needle-burns as millions of tiny things dug deep into their bodies, the echo of that unholy laugh frightened them even more. Lobo the Lord of Death raised his glass in one final toast. Electricity crackled up his spine. Complex chemical reactions in his brain led to a state of mystical euphoria. Fleetingly, he remembered Daline Zaand, his first love.
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.
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.
Lobo has an unbelievably good sense of smell that allows him to track anyone he's met within a few solar systems. Also, it is impossible to kill him as neither Hell nor Heaven will collect him or allow him to stay. He is the best bounty hunter in the universe and always keeps his word. Also, Lobo could regenerate from a single drop of blood.
- 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 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, vowing to destroy Earth as soon as possible, but not before getting revenge on the prisons Director Maxim. Deathstroke is hired by Maxim to track down and recapture Lobo.
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.
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, 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.
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.