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Not only is LOBO the first series to be driven by a black lead character, the issues deal directly with themes of slavery, the Civil War, other hot-button stuff. Very peculiar topics to appear in a 1965 newsstand comic book. It's said that most of copies of LOBO were rejected by store owners at first sight. While that isn't proven, the bold move to put a black cowboy hero, holding a gun, on the cover of his own comic in the mid-sixties (distributed all around to the country's small towns) is a provocative and rather wonderful thing to come from Dell Comics. Dell was nearing bankruptcy at this point, and it's one of the more culturally interesting things they ever did, even if it was only driven by a desperate interest in finding a title that would succeed. LOBO only lasted two issues. MidWest CowPoke has both of them.

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