Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday Showcase: Lobo

    Today's showcase is about the one and only, Lobo.  Lobo is a popular character in the DC Universe that I feel has not had his big shot in the media as of yet. Sure, he is a playable character in Injustice as well as appeared in many of the DC animated adventures,  but his character itself has been abused in my opinion. Maybe, he was looked over due to the fact that he is so violent and made for Mature Readers, but that seems to work for the Punisher.  So why hasn't Lobo stayed in the media's mind since he was created?  To understand that, we need to know his beginnings. 

    Lobo is a character created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, whose first appearance was in Omega Men #3 (June '83).  Lobo is known as the last Czarnian and works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter.  He is best known for his clashes with another "loner", Superman.

    Even though Lobo was based off of Marvel anti-heroes like the Punisher, his character never really stuck in the fan base.  Sure, he had a following, but not at the rate of the Punisher, Wolverine, or even Cable.  So, DC would shelve him from time to time only to use when really necessary or vital to help out other DC titles.

    During the New 52 era at DC, Lobo got a new look.  What was wrong with the new look?  He was turned into a pretty boy.  This was a major no-no to loyal Lobo fans.  Lobo fans are his fans due to the violence,cigar smoking, or even the fool language.  So,when the pretty boy look didn't work he was shelved once again.  That is until the new Justice League of America formed. You see, they needed muscle and Batman knew just the alien bad ass to join.  You got it, Lobo. Not just any Lobo, but the cigar smoking, ass kicking Lobo.  

    I, myself, am curious to see how long Lobo has left in the JLA or in this current timeline in DC.  Who knows, maybe he will be shelved again.  I do feel that DC Comics have a gold mine if they put it to good use.  Take the Marvel approach, make a TV series or even  a live-action film, hell I would settle for an animated movie.  All I know is, the world needs more Lobo.


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