TYPE: Comic/Comic Book
DIMENSIONS: 10 1/4 x 7 inches
COMPONENTS: 32 illustrated pages, 4to
CONDITION: Original color pictorial wrappers, moderate wear including light diagonal crease on front wrapper; The cover and first page of our first issue are ripped in half. But this copy is complete with no restoration.
ITEM ID: 4707
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Lobo Comic Book Series – Issue #1

Year: 1965
Decade: 1960s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: December 1965

“LOBO” The first issue (of only two) of the first comic book series with an African-American lead character.

“Lobo” tells the story of an African-American Civil War veteran who becomes a heroic fugitive in the Old West.

Lobo starred in Dell Comics’ little-known, two-issue series Lobo (December 1965 and October 1966), also listed as Dell Comics #12-438-512 and #12-439-610 in the company’s quirky numbering system. Created by Dell editor and writer Don “D. J.” Arneson and artist Tony Tallarico, it chronicled the Old West adventures of a wealthy, unnamed African-American gunslinger called “Lobo” by the first issue’s antagonists. On the foreheads of vanquished criminals, Lobo would leave the calling card of a gold coin imprinted with the images of a wolf and the letter “L”

On May 19, 2006, Tallarico was bestowed the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention’s Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement, in recognition of his work on the first comic book to star an African-American. He was an honoree at the reception dinner at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Name: Dell Publishing
Type: Publisher