villalobos-chango-148611-justice-threatenCHANGO VILLALOBOS

villalobos-chango-148611-justice-faceReal Name: Chango Villalobos

Identity/ClassAlternate Reality (Earth-148611/"New Universe") human; conventional weapons-user

Occupation: Drug-dealer

Group Membership: Villalobos family criminal cartel

Affiliations: Nestor;
    formerly Martin Roth

EnemiesRebecca Chambers, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Justice (John Tensen), Hoyt PittmanMartin Roth, Jean-Paul

Known Relatives: Unidentified family members

Aliases: None known

Base of Operations: While his extent of operations is unrevealed, it includes at least Manhattan, New York

First AppearanceJustice I#1 (November, 1986)villalobos-chango-148611-justice-snakehead-knife

Powers/Abilities: Chango was experienced in drug (presumably heroin, as he called it "junk") trafficking. 

    He carried a snake-headed cane, from which he could extend a blade, which was sharp and strong enough that Chango could shove it through an inch-thick (approximately) wooden desktop.

    He was reasonably athletic, able to scale light fixtures up a wall.

    He used Nestor as his right-hand man/enforcer, although he was more than willing and able to physically threaten/batter and even shoot others.villalobos-chango-148611-justice-seated-profile

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6')
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 200 lbs.)
Eyes: Green
Hair: Black


(Justice I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Chango Villalobos of the Villalobos family supplied drugs to the Factory nightclub, owned by Martin Roth, a former counter-culture activist who believed promoting corruption was bringing down a corrupt society.

(Justice I#1 (fb) - BTS) - FBI agent Rebecca Chambers had her first justice department operation involving Martin Roth and Chango Villalobos).

(Justice I#1 (fb) - BTS) - At least by Roth's perception, the Villalobos family elevated their prices frequently and excessively.

(Justice I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Roth prepared a complex plot in which he worked with corrupt FBI agent Jean-Paul to frame Rebecca Chambers: After drawing her partner, Hoyt Pittman (who would be posing as her chauffeur), into the Factory, they would load her car with drugs (presumably heroin), while Jean-Paul would get Rebecca to drink a beverage laced with the drug. With this evidence, it would make it look like Chambers had used her FBI position to get heavily involved in the drug scene.

    At the same time, Roth and Jean-Paul planned to have Chango Villalobos overhear Jean-Paul speak to Chambers about faking being a double agent and plotting to manipulate Chango into a killing frenzy. Roth assured Jean-Paul that he would have someone present in the room with Jean-Paul to take out Chango, Chango's agent Nestor, and Chambers, which would then be spun as a big falling out over a drug deal.

(Justice I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Roth told Chango how to switch their special monitor to eavesdrop function in the VIP lounge.

(Justice I#1 - BTS) - From the drug-dealer known as Snap, Justice (paranormal former Justice agent John Tensen, who believed himself an extradimensional warrior due to the manipulations of Daedalus Darquill).villalobos-chango-148611-justice-full-profile

(Justice I#1) - As Chambers arrived at the Factory and met with Jean-Paul, Roth watched from his office via one-way glass alongside Chango and Nestor. When Roth noted the presence of their "traitor" (Jean-Paul), however, Chango furiously smashed Roth up against the glass, believing he was playing games and threatening to throw Roth through the glass. Reconsidering and believing Roth could learn, however, Chango instead moved Roth to his desk. villalobos-chango-148611-justice-post-full

    Nonetheless uncomfortable with the idea of a government agent infiltrating Roth's staff, Chango threatened Roth with the blade he extended from his snake-headed cane, and he asked Roth why he put the Villalobos' business at risk. 

    As Roth explained that Jean-Paul was a traitor to the FBI but not to them, Chango tossed Roth against the wall and noted that Roth had his attention and that he should speak quickly and maintain it. Roth continued that he and Jean-Paul were setting up Rebecca Chambers, who was running the investigation, and that this is why he had Chango bring the club's monthly supply of goods early. When Chango noted this to be an expensive sacrifice, Roth assured him it would be worth it, as this would muddy the case so bad the law would never mess with the Factory or him again. 

    After Roth discussed his past and his goals, Chango noted that it still sounded like games; Roth told Chango to trust him, promising Chango would be surprised. Caring neither for promises nor for Roth's real or imagined blows against the establishment, Chango warned him to end this business or he and Nestor would return to end him (Roth).

(Justice I#1 - BTS) - Justice followed Chambers into the Factory.

(Justice I#1 (fb) - BTS) - While Jean-Paul took Chambers up to the VIP lounge, Roth had the drugs placed in Chambers' car after Pittman had followed Justice into the Factory. Amidst the activities, Jean-Paul allegedly forgot to put someone in position to protect Jean-Paul from Chango.

(Justice I#1 - BTS) - Aware that Chango was listening in through the VIP lounge's microphones, while encouraging Chambers to drink to keep up appearances, Jean-Paul told her about how they would take down Chango Villalobos. When Jean-Paul told Chambers that he was playing that Roth had corrupted Jean-Paul and that they were setting her up when they were really taking down Chango, the enraged Chango and Nestor rushed in and began firing at them. 

    After the arriving Justice incinerated Nestor with his "sword" blast, Chango fell to the ground, dropping his weapon. As he reached for the weapon, Jean-Paul picked it up, but Justice (apparently able to read auras and determine good vs. evil), incinerated Jean-Paul as well.villalobos-chango-148611-justice-stabbed

(Justice I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Roth claimed Chango's snake-headed cane.

(Justice I#1) - As Roth watched from behind a partially-closed door, Chango dove out a window, holding onto some light fixtures above the main dance floor, and Chambers began to take Justice away at gunpoint (believing Jean-Paul to have been an honest agent).

(Justice I#1 - BTS) - Justice used his shield to knock Chambers and the newly arrived Pittman down.

(Justice I#1) - As Chango struggled to reach a window to the roof, he found himself unable to reach the latch, and he considered that it was unfair that he could be so close and fail. Roth opened the window and revealed his plot to Chango, who told him his plot was too complex to have worked and noted that his family could help him. While agreeing that the plot was too complex -- noting how Jean-Paul had failed to get Chambers to consume the drugged drink and that something else had gotten Pittman into the Factory -- Roth informed Chango that the plot had nonetheless rid him of a menace who had hiked prices once too often. Roth then stabbed Chango's hand (or possibly his face, it was off-panel) with his own cane, and Chango presumably fell to his death on the floor far below.

(Justice I#1 - BTS) - Justice slew Roth shortly thereafter.

CommentsCreated by Archie Goodwin, Geof Isherwood, Joe Delbeato, and Jack Fury.

    For any unfamiliar, here's a primer to the New Universe, courtesy of Prime Eternal...if the link doesn't work, just scroll down....

    Justice being from an alien dimension was eventually revealed as delusion brought on by Darquill.

Profile by Snood.

Chango Villalobos
should be distinguished from:


     Nestor served as the right hand man to Chango Villalobos, and he carried an automatic weapon that he would fire readily as needed.

    He remained tacit as far as I could see.

     Seemingly reading quietly as Villalobos met with  Martin Roth, but ready to back him up by pulling out the gun at any second.

     When Jean-Paul seemingly revealed his plan to double-cross Roth and Villalobos, Nestor joined Chango in rushing in, loaded for bear. However, the newly arrived paranormal Justice disintegrated Nestor; and Chango perished at Roth's hands not long after.

--Justice I#1


Note: Nestor is additonally pictured in the main image for Chango (seated but abruptly drawing his gun).

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Justice I#1, pg. 14, panel 1 (Nestor, seated);
            panel 2 (Chango shoving Roth against window, Nestor with weapon);
            panel 4 (snake-headed cane, extending blade);
        pg. 15, panel 1 (full, profile);
            panel 4 (Nestor, knees up, profile);
        pg. 16, panel 1 (Nestor, full profile; Chango, full posterior);
        pg. 19, panel 2 (Nestor, gun-spray);
        pg. 20, panel 1 (Nestor, death);
            panel 3 (Jean-Paul; face);
            panel 4 (Jean-Paul; death);
        pg. 23, panel 4 (Chango face);
            panel 6 (Chango stabbed)

Justice I#1 (November, 1986) - Archie Goodwin (writer), Geof Isherwood (penciler), Joe Delbeato & Jack Fury (inkers), Michael Higgins (editor)

First posted: 11/17/2021
Last updated: 11/17/2021

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