LOBROS

Classification: Semi-humanoid homarines

Location/Base of Operations: Microverse (see comments)

Known Members: None named

Affiliations: Baron Karza

First Appearance: (Mentioned) Micronauts I#26 (February, 1981)
    (Seen) Micronauts I#35 (November, 1981)

Powers/Abilities: Lobros share qualities with Earth's crustaceans. They are covered with a dense carapace (capable of resisting direct blows from Bug's rocket lance) and have spines atop their head, elbows, and wrists. Power parasites, they have paired hollow tongues beside their faces, which can extend and penetrate flesh and/or chitin and siphon life energy and/or blood, upon which the Lobros feeds. The tongues can also grab and pull beings or objects toward its maw. They (or the one created in the Body Banks) may also fire energy blasts from their maw (though it may be that the energy pistol fired the blast and it just couldn't be seen clearly). Its carapace stops towards its head, where a softer, membranous region surrounds its face, which consists of paired eyes and tongues, and a central mouth pore on a stalk. They speak with a sibilant hissssssss.
    The Lobros (or at least the one created in the Body Banks) also had telepathic powers. Via signals from its tongues, it was able to control a Lobstros. It is unknown whether it could mentally affect other organisms.
 

Traits: The Lobros are predatory creatures. They know no greater pleasure than lapping up the life-energies of Insectivorids. They are known
    They typically carry a deflector shield on one arm (the right) and use an energy pistol with the other (the left).
    They apparently use bat-winged interstellar ships.

History:
(Micronauts I#35) - The Lobros colonized Kaliklak, preying on the Insectivorids.

(Micronauts I#26/2 (fb) - BTS) - In the "Outer Fringes," the Knights of Neep were forced into armed encounters with the bat-winged ships of the Lobros.

(Micronauts I#28 - BTS) - Lobros were likely amongst Baron Karza's bloody battlefleet, either present on Earth and battling alongside HYDRA against SHIELD and the Micronauts, or on Homeworld, against revolutionary forces led by the likes of Marionette and/or Pharoid.

(Micronauts I#36 (fb) - BTS) - A Lobros was created in the Body Banks of the Microverse's Homeworld from one of its natives under the direction of the Baron-Karza-controlled Argon. It was based on the Lobros race and was intended to serve in the Death Squad warrior force, and its mind was re-engineered to mimic the behavior of the Lobros. DeGrayde, Karza's chief engineer, was outfitted as Battleaxe, and he led the Death Squad, allegedly to ensure that they followed Argon loyally, reminding them that this was the only way they would regain their humanity (though none of the Death Squad seemed to concerned about this).

(Micronauts I#35) - The Death Squad was sent by Argon (under the control/possession of Baron Karza) to Dead Zone, to stop the Micronauts from using the Keys to the Enigma Force to awaken the Force, and/or to allow Argon to claim the power of the Keys for himself. Lobros--alongside Ampzilla, Battleaxe (DeGrayde), and Centauria--confronted the Micronauts--Acroyear, Bug, Devil, Fireflyte, Mari, Commander Rann--and Dr. Strange. Lobros stated that he hoped the Micronauts would not surrender the Keys so the Death Squad would be forced to slay them. Lobros assaulted Bug, telling him he would enjoy the battle almost as much as he would relish lapping up Bug's bright green blood. Lobros grabbed Bug with its tongues and pulled him toward its maw, but despite his fear of the creature that preyed on his race, Bug turned and shot the Lobros in its unarmored face, causing it to scream in pain and release him.
    The Micronauts successfully revived the Enigma Force and then escaped in their ship, the Endeavor.

(Micronauts I#36) - Lobros accompanied the Death Squad (now joined by Antron, Repto, and Galactic Destroyer) to Earth under orders to capture or kill the Micronauts  them.. He telekinetically commanded a Lobstros to attack Devil, but Commander Rann and Mari dropped a number of heavy books on the Lobstros from an above cabinet. Devil then punched Lobros, shattering its harder-than-steel shell with a single blow.

 

 

 

(Micronauts I#46) - Lobros (either repaired on replaced) joined the rest of the Death Squad (Ampzilla, Battleaxe (a replacement for DeGrayde), and Centauria) in Homeworld's Pleasure Pits, confronting Acroyear and Bug as they freed Pharoid.

(Micronauts I#47) - The Death Squad--soon backed by a squad of Dog Soldiers--attacked Acroyear, Bug, and Pharoid, with Lobros focusing his assaults on Bug, disturbing him with talk of tasting his bright green blood. Lobros ultimately ensnared Bug, forcing his tongues down his throat. Centauria pointed this out, forcing Acroyear to surrender, though Lobros commented that he would rather Acroyear fought on so that he might feast on Bug. Pharoid was captured as well.

(Micronauts I#48) - The captured Micronauts were bound in chains.

(Micronauts I#48) - The Death Squad and a squad of Dog Soldiers escorted Acroyear, Bug, and Pharoid to their prison cell. Acroyear angrily broke free and threatened to overwhelm all opposition, but Lobros positioned his tongues down Bug's and Pharoid's throats threatening to feast on them unless Acroyear surrendered, and then stating that he hoped that Acroyear would refuse to yield. The Death Squad stood guard as DeGrayde had the Dog Soldiers melt Acroyear's plandarium armor from his body and then cast them into a cell within the Pleasure Pits.

(Micronauts I#49) - The Death Squad stood sentry duty over the captured Micronauts who were forced to act as gladiators for Argon/Karza's amusement. Centauria commented that they would have another chance at the Micronauts after DeGrayde's pet had softened them up; Lobros said that how he likes them, soft and juicy. Ampzilla was disgusted by Lobros.
    Soon after, Marionette and Huntarr ambushed the Death Squad, blasting Lobros from behind and then attacking them directly. Their actions prompted the people of Homeworld to rise up and fight Argon (Karza)'s tyranny, but Argon then revealed that he was possessed by Karza, who transformed Argon's body into a replica of his own, expelling Argon's spirit altogether. The recently returned-to-the-Microverse Commander Rann then joined the fight.

(Micronauts I#50) - The Death Squad continued their battle against the Micronauts, and Lobros again targeted Bug, who grabbed Centauria's sword (dropped when Maronette snapped her spine) and split Lobros' face asunder.

 

 

 

 

Comments: Adapted by Bill Mantlo, Howard Chaykin, and Al Milgrom.

    To the best of my knowledge, we never actually saw a real Lobros, just the one genetically engineered in the Body Banks.

    Lobros were toys in the Mego Micronaut line, and they were adapted to the Marvel Multiverse in the pages of Micronauts.
http://www.micro-outpost.com/pictures/aliens/lobros/lobros.html

    The Micronaut toys described Lobros as "Scaley Creature from the Deepest Oceans of Zenon." Lobros were seen within the Microverse Proper (the Spiral Path, contained within the Spacewall), specifically in the Outer Fringes, but that doesn't mean that they couldn't have originated outside the Spacewall. Perhaps numbers of them traveled through Breachpoint to colonize parts of the Spiral Path.

    Homarine means "of or pertaining to lobsters." Mmm...vocabulary.

    Lobros reminds me of Zoidberg from "Futurama."
http://www.gotfuturama.com/Information/CharacterBios/zoidberg.dhtml

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Lobros have no known connections to:

 


images: (without ads)
Micronauts I#35, p15, panel 3 (main image)
        p31, panel 4 (vs. Bug)
    #47, p18, panel 2 (vs. Bug close-up)
Also, the figure from the packaging of the Lobros toy is shown, with the image copied from micro-outpost.com, linked to above.


Appearances:
Micronauts I#26 (February, 1981) - by Bill Mantlo (writer), Pat Broderick (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
Micronauts I#28 (April, 1981) - by Bill Mantlo (writer), Pat Broderick (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
Micronauts I#35 (November, 1981) - by Bill Mantlo (writer), Val Mayerik (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Micronauts I#36 (December, 1981) - by Bill Mantlo (writer), Keith Giffen (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Micronauts I#46 (October, 1982) - by Bill Mantlo (writer), Gil Kane (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#47 (November, 1982) - by Bill Mantlo (writer), Mike Vosburg (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#48 (December, 1982) - by Bill Mantlo (writer), Butch Guice (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#49-50 (January-February, 1983) - by Bill Mantlo (writer), Butch Guice (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)


Last updated: 03/21/06

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