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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Lobo, no. 1. New York: Dell Publishing Co., December 1965. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (039.00.00)

Historic Comic Book

Lobo was the first African American character to have a titular series, which chronicled the post-Civil War adventures of an African American soldier in the West. Although never introduced by name, he was called Lobo for the token he left on his victims, a gold coin inscribed with a wolf’s head and the letter “L.” The series was a commercial failure, lasting only two issues. Despite its brevity, Lobo made comic book history—not until Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, in 1972 would another African American star in his own series.

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