With the recent release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the DC universe is finally starting to catch up with Marvel. Although many years, and many movies behind, DC is looking to expand their cinematic universe. With up and coming movies including Aquaman, Wonder Woman and The Justice League, DC will hope to eclipse the Marvel-dominated movies.
With so much potential within the DC comic books, now is surely the time for Lobo to punch his way onto our screens. Many whispers and rumblings have surrounded Lobo that we feel it’s time to give ‘The Main Man’ center stage. For those unfamiliar with the bounty hunter, this list will tell you everything you need to know about him.
13. Parody of Wolverine
As with many ‘modern’ comic book creations, Lobo started life out as a parody. Since his conception in the 1980’s, the original Lobo was an over-the-top version of Marvel’s Wolverine. The foul-mothered bad ass bounty hunter could often do and say things that Wolverine could not. However, Marvel soon got their own back as they in turn parodied Lobo. In an issue of Deadpool, a large blue-skinned alien named Dirty Wolf appeared. (He also rode a motorcycle!) However, through all the back and forth parodies it was Lobo that took off and became popular with fans.
12. Lobo and L.E.G.I.O.N
For such a fierce bounty hunter and loner, you may be surprised to know that Lobo has friends.
When Lobo is tricked by Vril Dox, (also known as Brainiac II) he becomes a member of the interstellar freedom fighters: The L.E.G.I.O.N. During his time with L.E.G.I.O.N it became clear that Lobo had no personal love or feelings at all for his fellow teammates. Instead he followed Vril Dox out of a sense of honor or even loyalty. The L.E.G.I.O.N would often accept missions to ‘clean up’ the galaxy;, including going to Cairn (The Drug world) to overthrow a drug lord’s’ empire. Using a combination of brains and sheer brawn, they also came to Earth and had encounters with many DC superheroes.
11. Powers and Abilities
Lobo’s powers and abilities are vast, even greater than some of the most powerful heroes in the DC universe. Although his powers are not always shown to their fullest, Lobo possesses great strength and speed – on par with Superman as they have often gone toe to toe. As well as being invulnerable, a master tracker and multilingual (speaking over 17,000 languages). Lobo can also regenerate at such a rate that he can re-form from a pool of his own blood. This makes him almost immortal and self-sustaining as he can survive without food or water, and also in the vacuum of space without air.
All these together make ‘the main man’ an unstoppable force that nobody wants on their tail.
10. Lobo Killed Santa!
In the 1991 comic book special, ‘Lobo Paramilitary Christmas,’ Lobo does just that.
When Lobo is en route to a bar, he meets with an intoxicated Easter Bunny. Sick of all the holiday cheer, the Easter Bunny has had enough and wants the man responsible to pay. So he hires Lobo to kill Santa.
Jetting off to the North pole, Lobo crashes Santa’s workshop and mows down everything he sees, including the poor helpless elves. This leaves Lobo to go after his bounty. In steps Santa, who isn’t a jolly fat man in a red suit. In this version, he’s a lover of mindless violence, armed to the teeth and protected by a giant gorilla named Kong.
In true Christmas spirit, Santa is decapitated and then Lobo takes Rudolph outside to execute him. Happy holidays kids!
9. Love for Space Dolphins
It’s hard to believe that such a big gruff being could love something such as space dolphins, but he does. His love for space dolphins is so great that it will often cloud his judgement and actions.
According to the DC Database, this has been used against him on several occasions, especially with Vril Drox. Before Lobo joined the L.E.G.I.O.N, he kept a secret pod of space dolphins as pets. When one was killed, Lobo tracked the culprit and found Drox and the original L.E.G.I.O.N. Lobo crippled the L.E.G.I.O.N and almost Drox himself.
8. Lobo the Duck
As we’ve mentioned on this list already, Marvel and DC like to ‘spoof” or ‘poke fun’ at each other. However, sometimes they can come together in a moment of pure comic book gold. Published by Amalgam comics, Lobo the Duck is a hybrid of Howard the Duck and Lobo.
The bad-ass bounty hunter is often called upon to investigate the murders of several characters. He’s also a hit with the ladies, having been caught several times trying to ‘bed’ his partners in crime fighting. With all the powers and attitude from both characters, Lobo the Duck is the ‘Main Duck’ not to be with messed with. Even if he did only last three issues.
7. Lobo’s Best Friend is a Dog
Dawg is a white Bulldog that follows Lobo around everywhere. Although Dawg looks like a normal Earth dog: he has extra-terrestrial roots which explains his ability to articulate.
Lobo often disowns the dog and claims that he isn’t his, especially when the dog has been bad. This proved to be the case when Lobo stomped Dawg to death to prove to Superman once and for all that the dog wasn’t his. That may be a bit extreme, but that’s Lobo for you! Luckily, Dawg would come back and accompany Lobo when he battled Green Lantern.
6. Lobo Finds Religion
In the story arch 52, Lobo turns his back on his violent ways and becomes an Archbishop in the First Celestial Church of the Triple Fish-God. Naming himself protector of the colonies of sector 3500, Lobo also became the keeper of the Emerald Eye of Ekron.
Using his new found sense of good, he helps out heroes Animal Man and Starfire who were stranded in space. Once they are safe, Lobo takes the Emerald Eye of Ekron to the Triple Fish-God himself. He agrees to help Lobo free himself from his vow of non-violence. However, once he does, Lobo uses the power of the Emerald to blast the Triple Fish-God. Some things never change and Lobo’s love of violence is one of those things!
5. Lil Lobo
According to Comic Vine, an accident transforms Lobo into a teenager in the year 2000. While in this state, Lobo joins the superhero group, Young Justice. With them, Lobo travels to Apokolips in order to stop evil invading Earth. Once there, the young Lobo is killed in battle. However, the magical curse that changed Lobo into a teenager didn’t prevent him from regenerating from a drop of his own blood. Millions of Lobos regenerate and charged the Apokoliptian soldiers, for which the Lobos defeated easily.
As the battle went on, Lobo after Lobo was killed until just one remained. The sole surviving Lobo broke the curse and grew back to his normal self, with seemingly no memory of Lil Lobo.
4. The Justice League
Lobo has encountered the Justice League many times. Sometimes he’s against them and sometimes he’s on their side. Lobo and the Justice League have one of the truly greatest love/hate relationships in comic books.
Having clashed several times with Superman (often ending in a draw or with Lobo getting bored and moving on!), Lobo has also crossed paths with Batman and Aquaman. Lobo in fact stopped his fight with Aquaman once he found out about Aquaman’s love of sea creatures. With Lobo’s love of Space Dolphins, he decided that he could never kill anyone with a love of such animals. On the up side, Lobo joined the Justice League on a few occasions.
3. Lobo Has a Red Lantern Ring
In the story arch crossover, Brightest Day, Lobo was hired to go to Earth and collect the head of Atrocitus, a super-villain and enemy to the Lantern Corp. Lobo was met by Hal Jordan, Carol Ferris and Sinestro. Rather than fighting, Lobo fled. Hal thought this was strange and later found out that it was all staged by Atrocitus himself before Lobo was paid with a Red Lantern ring.
The Red Lantern, which is born out of blood and the symbol for hate and rage, is a perfect fitting for Lobo. He proudly wears the ring around his neck and has yet to use or wield its power within the comic book universe. But if he did then it could be the end for everyone!
2. Lobo Reborn
In 2011, DC rebooted and re-introduced many of its established characters with the comic book, The New 52. This included a new Lobo, for which was not welcomed or needed by fans. With a similar backstory, only this time he spared princess Sheba’s life. As with many modern day stories, there seems to be a need for a ‘romantic’ element. A need, we must add, that was never wanted in regards to Lobo. Also this Lobo is leaner and, dare we say, more appealing and even more attractive.
This version of Lobo comes complete with an ‘evil’ doppelganger who comes to Earth and posses as Lobo. This new version of Lobo lost all of the qualities that made the original Lobo so popular. Needless to say that the fans didn’t take to it and after only a year, this story arch was scheduled to be cancelled.
1. Lobo and the Movies
Lobo has had a turbulent relationship with the big screen. For many years, a movie about the ‘Main man’ has been in the works. However, it always seems to run into problems and never goes anywhere. With such film directors as Guy Ritchie and Brad Peyton being attached to a script, a movie never seemed to happen. Most recently Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was scheduled to play the bounty hunter, but The Rock admitted in 2014 that the Lobo movie was dead.
With all this hearsay and stunted movie scripts, we had given up hope of ever seeing Lobo on the big screen. However, it’s just been announced by the studio that Wonder Woman writer, Jason Fuchs, has been given the go ahead to re-write a new script for a Lobo movie. There aren’t too many details about what the movie will be, but it’s good news nonetheless. A movie about the ‘Main Man’ will no doubt make Deadpool look like a children’s show.
Keep those fingers crossed!