CARLOS LOBO

Real Name: Carlos Lobo

Identity/Class: Human mutant (Mexican)

Occupation: Gangster

Group Membership: Hermanos de la Luna

Affiliations: Coyote (Mr. Moctezuma), Glory Grant, Eduardo Lobo, Salamander

Enemies: Andrew, Aracely, Arranger (Oswald P. Silkworth), Chameleon (Dmitri Smerdyakov), Hammerhead, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Persuader (Roland Rayburn), Punisher (Frank Castle), Scarlet Spider (Kaine), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Teddy Tones

Known Relatives: Eduardo Lobo (brother, deceased), Esmerelda Lobo (sister), unidentified mother (deceased), unidentified father, unidentified sisters (see comments)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mexico;
    formerly the Plaza Hotel, New York City
;
    formerly a mansion on Grapevine Lake, near Dallas, Texas

First Appearance: Spectacular Spider-Man II#143 (October, 1988)

Powers/AbilitiesA mutant, Carlos Lobo could transform beneath the light of the full moon into a superhumanly strong (lifting ten tons) and durable humanoid wolf creature.  In this form, he was resistant to conventional weaponry, but could be harmed by silver; he also possessed enhanced senses of hearing, scent, and vision.  He retained his human intelligence and power of speech in this form, but is subject to savage animal instincts.  He apparently could not transform into this form during the daytime or when the moon was not full, nor could he retain human form during a full moon.  In his human form, Lobo possessed peak human strength and agility, and excellent night vision.  He was a skilled criminal mastermind, and spoke fluent Spanish and English.

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Eyes: (Human form) brown; (werewolf form) red
Hair
(Human form) black; (werewolf form) grey (see comments)

History: (Spectacular Spider-Man II#152 (fb) ) - Carlos and Eduardo Lobo's mother died giving birth to them; they never knew their father.  They grew up alone on the streets of Zaragoza, Mexico, stealing to survive.  Even then, they always stole by night, and Carlos was savagely violent.  When their mutant powers emerged at puberty, Eduardo was horrified by them, but Carlos loved the power they gave him.  

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#143 (fb) ) - Together, Carlos and Eduardo killed the leaders of the warring gangs of south Texas, and united the survivors behind them as los Hermanos de la Luna (the Brotherhood of the Moon).  A year later, they moved their headquarters to a mansion on Grapevine Lake, outside Dallas.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#143 (fb) ) - Carlos and Eduardo were arrested and tried, but freed after a mistrial.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#143) - A year and a half after the Lobo takeover of the south Texas gangs, the Kingpin and his right-hand man the Arranger sent their agent the Persuader, their henchman Andrew, and the brainwashed Punisher to Dallas to assassinate the Lobo Brothers, fearing their ambitions.  They arrived at their Grapevine Lake mansion and shot Carlos in the shoulder, but Spider-Man's timely arrival resulted in the Punisher breaking the Persuader's mind control; she shot and killed Andrew and the Persuader and left.  As Spider-Man departed as well, Carlos swore vengeance on the Kingpin.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#145 - BTS) - Arriving in New York, Carlos or Eduardo (or both) brutally murdered Teddy Tones, a courier for the Kingpin, at the Central Park Zoo, leaving KINGPIN: WOLVES BITE BACK scrawled on a cage wall in his blood.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#146 - BTS) - Carlos or Eduardo (or both) slaughtered twenty of the Kingpin's lieutenants in the Starlight Room ballroom, leaving KINGPIN - WOLVES KILL written in blood on a tablecloth.

(Web of Spider-Man I#50 - BTS) - Carlos or Eduardo (or both) attacked one of the Kingpin's ships, killing the crew and writing WOLVES TAKE REVENGE in blood on the hull.

(Web of Spider-Man I#50) - From his hotel room, Carlos called the Arranger to tell him that he was in New York, and that he never planned to expand into the Kingpin's territory; he promised that their mistake would cost them their lives.  Later, he asked his brother how his seduction of Glory Grant was proceeding.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#152) - Carlos, in wolf form, came with the Hermanos to receive a weapons shipment at Vitelli's Warehouse.  When Spider-Man arrived, Carlos attacked him; avoiding his blow, Spider-Man fell through the warehouse wall and into the river.  Carlos and the Hermanos escaped before Spider-Man could recover.

(Web of Spider-Man I#53) - As they prepared to assault Fisk Tower, the Lobo Brothers (both in wolf form) and the Hermanos prepared their assault helicopter at LaGuardia Airport.  Spider-Man showed up and briefly battled them before they escaped on the helicopter.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#153) - Carlos, Eduardo, and the Hermanos launched their assault on Fisk Tower.

(Web of Spider-Man I#54) - Carlos and Eduardo leapt off the helicopter and tore through the Kingpin's men, eventually working their way to the Kingpin's office.  He taunted them, and they tore him apart...or they thought they had.  The Kingpin was gone, having left a stuffed dummey and a remote speaker behind.  Carlos and Eduardo departed, leaving KINGPIN - YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CANNOT HIDE written in blood on his office wall.  Later, back at their hotel, they plotted to draw the Kingpin out, and Carlos accused Eduardo of having gone soft thanks to his relationship with Grant.

(Web of Spider-Man I#55) - On the night of the full moon, Carlos, Eduardo, and the Hermanos attacked the streets of New York, causing mass chaos.  As the sun began to rise, they escaped in a van.  The next day, the Kingpin contacted them, arranging a meeting at the 1964 World's Fair grounds in Queens.  Eduardo insisted on bringing Glory along, which Carlos objected to, but allowed.  At the meet, the Lobos demanded the Arranger's head in exchange for peace - but before the Kingpin could answer, men sent by rival crimelords Hammerhead and Chameleon arrived and opened fire.  Both Lobos transformed into their lupine forms and attacked both the interlopers and the Kingpin's men.  Carlos leapt at the Kingpin, but the crimelord knocked him out with his silver-tipped cane.  Recovering to see his brother dead on the ground (shot, accidentally, by Glory Grant), he lunged at Spider-Man, who knocked him senseless.

(Scarlet Spider II#13 (fb) / Scarlet Spider II#15 (fb) ) - Carlos and his sister, Esmerelda, were approached by the mysterious Coyote and his associate the Salamander, who promised them he would grant them a great if they killed Aracely, the apparent reincarnation of the Aztec god Huitzilopochtli. Carlos asked for the return of his brother, Eduardo.

(Scarlet Spider II#12.1) - Carlos and Esmerelda crossed the US border. There was a car waiting for them; Carlos ordered the driver to take them to Houston.

(Scarlet Spider II#13) - The Lobos slaughtered a gang in Greenspoint, Houston, searching for Aracely. Later, they discussed their reward from the Coyote; Carlos told Esmerelda that he wanted Eduardo back, but she dismissed him as a fool. Soon, she had Aracely's scent, and tracked her to a park, where she was having ice cream with her protector, the Scarlet Spider. The Lobos recognized him as kin to Spider-Man (actually his clone), and offered him the chance to leave. He refused, and fled to a rooftop with Aracely. The Lobos caught up, and the Spider battled them as Aracely escaped. The two werewolves soon overwhelmed the Scarlet Spider, killing and partially devouring him before they set off after Aracely again.

(Scarlet Spider II#14) - Carlos and Esmerelda pursued Aracely through the streets of Houston.  When they caught up to her, Aracely used her empathic powers on Carlos, sensing that he was afraid to die as Eduardo had.  He recoiled in fear, allowing her to escape into a taxi.  They followed her to Houston's Third Ward; while Carlos insisted that they kill her, Esmerelda wanted her kept alive to use against the Coyote.  Before they could decide, they were beset by the Sharks gang, whose turf they had now trespassed on. They tore through the gangsters, but they slowed them down enough that a wounded Aracely escaped.

(Scarlet Spider II#15) - Carlos and Esmerelda tracked Aracely to an alley, where she was hiding in a dumpster. Carlos pulled her out; both Lobos agreed to kill her, but before they could do so, Kaine, resurrected and mutated into a spider-monster by the Other entity, attacked them. It tore out Carlos' left eye, stabbed him through the chest, and ripped off his right arm. He reverted to human form in shock; while Kaine was distracted by Aracely, Esmerelda spirited her brother away. She took him to Mexico to recuperate; there, they were visited by the Coyote, who was angry with them, as not only had they failed to kill Aracely, they had ensured that she now knew of the plot against her. Carlos weakly insisted that he had promised they would see Eduardo again; the Coyote agreed, and consumed Carlos' soul, killing him.

Comments: Created by Gerry Conway and Sal Buscema.

Carlos Lobo has a profile in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 edition.

So, what colour are the Lobo Brothers in their wolf forms?  In Spectacular #150, 151, and 152, and Web #55, Carlos is brown, Eduardo is black/grey.  In Web #53 and 54, they are both black.  In Web #51, Eduardo is brown.  Plus Carlos is black in his main image from Update '89, and his profile data confirms it.   I like having some distinction between the Lobos, so I'm gonna say that Eduardo is black, and Carlos is brown. Update: Carlos is dark grey throughout his Scarlet Spider appearances, but I still say brown.

Carlos and Eduardo both have a prominent gray streak in their hair in their first appearance, but it disappears in subsequent issues.

Carlos' OHotMU profile mentions that he has "unnamed sisters".  Spectacular #152 specifically says that the Lobos grew up alone on the streets, so I don't know where that came from.  Much, much later we found out that the Lobos did have a sister, Esmerelda, although if that OHOTMU profile was correct, he may have at least one more.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Carlos Lobo has no known connections to:


Hermanos de la Luna

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#143 (fb) ) - Mutant brothers Carlos and Eduardo Lobo killed the leadersof the warring gangs of south Texas, and united the survivors behind them as los Hermanos de la Luna (the Brotherhood of the Moon). 

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#143) - The Punisher attacked the Herdling Refinery, a front for the Hermanos' drug smuggling operations.  When a Jeep full of Hermanos arrived to stop him, the Punisher blew up the refinery, killing them.  He later killed several more at the Lobo Brothers' Grapevine Lake mansion.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#151) - Eduardo gave the Daily Bugle's files on the Kingpin (which he'd acquired from Glory Grant) to the Hermanos.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#152) - The Hermanos, with Carlos, received a weapons shipment at Vitelli's Warehouse; when Spider-Man arrived, Carlos drove him off, and the gang escaped with the weapons.

(Web of Spider-Man I#53) - Three Hermanos stole some surplus Army munitions, but as they escaped in a truck, Spider-Man, who'd been tipped off by the Arranger, stopped them and left them webbed up for the police.  Later, at LaGuardia Airport, they prepared an assault helicopter for their strike on Fisk Tower; Spider-Man once more intervened, but the Hermanos and both Lobo Brothers boarded the helicopter and took off before he could stop them.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#153)  - The Hermanos launched their assault on Fisk Tower.

(Web of Spider-Man I#54) - The Hermanos provided covering fire while the Lobo Brothers slaughtered their way through Fisk Tower.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#154) - Three members of the Hermanos watched Eduardo with Glory Grant.

(Web of Spider-Man I#55) - The Hermanos and the Lobo Brothers rampaged through the streets of New York to get the Kingpin's attention.  Later, they accompanied Carlos and Eduardo to a meet with the Kingpin at the 1964 World's Fair grounds in Queens.  At the meet, they were ambushed by men working for rival gangsters Hammerhead and Chameleon.  Many of the Hermanos were killed in the resulting crossfire.

--Spectacular Spider-Man II#143 (#143 (fb), 143, 151, Web of Spider-Man I#53, Spectacular Spider-Man II#153, Web of Spder-Man I#54, Spectacular Spider-Man II#154, Web of Spider-Man I#55


images: (without ads)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#152, p10, pan2 (main image)
Web of Spider-Man I#50, p11, pan3 (headshot)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#152, p16, pan5 (young Carlos)
Scarlet Spider II#15, p19, pan5 (death)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#154, p15, pan8 (Hermanos)


Other Appearances:
Spectacular Spider-Man II#143 (October, 1988) - Gerry Conway (writer), Sal Buscema (art), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#145-146 (December, 1988-January, 1989) - Gerry Conway (writer), Sal Buscema (art), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#50 (May, 1989) - Gerry Conway (writer), Alex Saviuk (pencils), Keith Williams (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#152 (July, 1989) - Gerry Conway (writer), Sal Buscema (art), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#53 (August, 1989) - Gerry Conway (writer), Mark Bagley
(pencils), Keith Williams (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#153 (August, 1989) - Gerry Conway (writer), 
Sal Buscema (art), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#54-55 (September-October, 1989) - Gerry Conway (writer), Alex Saviuk
(pencils), Keith Williams (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#12.1 (February, 2013) - Chris Yost (writer), Paulo Siqueira
& Neil Edwards (pencils), Victor Olazaba & Tom Palmer (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#13 (March, 2013) - Chris Yost(writer), Khoi Pham (pencils), Tom Palmer, Terry Pallot, & Bit (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#14 (April, 2013) - Chris Yost (writer), Khoi Pham
(pencils), Tom Palmer, Terry Pallot, Bit, Walden Wong, & Karl Kesel (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#15 (May, 2013) - Chris Yost (writer), Khoi Pham & Paulo Siqueira (pencils/inks), Neil Edwards (pencils), Terry Pallot, Bit, & Victor Olazaba (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)


Last updated: 06/27/16

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