"Lobo, P.I. Part One: A Farewell to Al's": Bunsen's work is interrupted when Lobo announces himself by tossing a dead dwarf onto his desk. The bounty hunter piles on more tiny corpses, one after the other, listing all the wanted criminals he's bagged,
- Go on, you brainless brute -- hit me! But I promise you this -- you'll never work in the bounty-hunting business again! I'll have you blackballed from here to eternity!
- -- Bunsen
Appearing in "Lobo, P.I. Part One: A Farewell to Al's"
- El Bastardé (Only appearance; dies)
- Angel Bastardé (Single appearance)
- Pancho (Only appearance; dies)
- Petite Pete Pimento (Only appearance; deceased)
- Titch Pimento (Only appearance; deceased)
- Little Boy Blewett (Mentioned only; deceased)
- Bridget the Midget (Mentioned only; deceased)
- Wee Willy Harris (Mentioned only; deceased)
- The Smallville Slasher (Mentioned only; deceased)
- Tough-But-Tiny-Tim (Mentioned only; deceased)
- The Bad Little People Family (Mentioned only; deceased)
- Shortbutt Jonson (Mentioned only; deceased)
- The Human Tadpole (Mentioned only; deceased)
- Big Ernie Tibbs (Mentioned only; deceased)
- Django (First appearance)
- Jonas Glim
- Innocent Dwarf (Only appearance; unnamed)
- Snake Oil
Synopsis for "Lobo, P.I. Part One: A Farewell to Al's"
Bunsen's work is interrupted when Lobo announces himself by tossing a dead dwarf onto his desk. The bounty hunter piles on more tiny corpses, one after the other, listing all the wanted criminals he's bagged, and one other innocent bystander who just happens to be short of stature. Bunsen confirms there is no warrant for last little person so Lobo boots him out the door before asking for his 100,000 credit reward. Bunsen obliges, once he's taken his ten percent agency fee, of course. As well as the fifteen percent collateral damage waiver, five percent insurance indemnity, the fifty thousand 'Bo owes for his "booze fund," and the bill for the damage to his desk and carpet cleaning. Lobo is outraged at the measly five hundred credits he's left with, but even that is snatched from his hand. Fellow bounty hunter, Django, is only claiming what's owed from their wager that Lobo would "catch thirty midgets." Bunsen defuses the situation by handing Lobo a new high paying job, 100,000 credits for El Bastardé.
As Lobo launches out of Space City Robinson on his hawg, Al signals Darlene to get their bags. Watching his most dreaded patron leave from the window of his once more ruined diner, the dejected businessman, bankrupt and broken, decides to abandon his dream before the temperamental Czarnian returns. Darlene even tries to defend Lobo to convince Al to stay, but he closes up shop as he waves it a tearful goodbye.
Across the galaxy, in a bleak industrial zone, El Bastardé decides a busy foundry is the perfect place for his gang to lie low, once he's slaughtered all the workers. While he waits for his brother Angel to arrive, he receives a tip from Django by phone.
Elsewhere, Lobo carves the eyebrows off of Angel with his hook, who refuses to give up his brother's whereabouts. Lobo tweaks the end of the bandit's prodigious moustache he's been growing for thirty years before ripping it off his face. Angel gives in, but mentions he's already had two other bounty hunters beat the info out of him.
Approaching the foundry, Killer and Brain Damage bicker about who should be driving the bike when their moronic debate causes them to crash. They creep up to the foundry entrance on foot and B.D. despatches the lone guard with his retractable fist. Inside, upon seeing all of Bastardé's men, the two bumbling idiots consider backing out when their old acquaintance Lobo emerges behind them. B.D. is thrilled to see his pal "Bolo" again, while Killer tries to silence his excitement. The resultant muffled quarrel draws unwanted attention. Lobo's weapon is shot from his hand and the three dive for cover. B.D. fires his fist over to the switch of an industrial electromagnet, which attracts all the firearms in the room, but also Lobo's hook and chain to his annoyance, which are all then dropped into a vat of molten ore. Grabbing whatever tools remain, a violent brawl erupts. Lobo, wielding a sledgehammer, reduces the thugs to pulp, leaving only El Bastardé who tackles him over a ledge. Bastardé pins Lobo next to a boiling pool of boiling slag and forces his arm into the searing liquid. The Main Main shrugs off the pain and removes his fist, now coated in solid metal, and slugs his assailant off of him before punching him clear into the scaling material. Killer and B.D. congratulate Lobo on what a great team they make, suggesting they split the reward three ways, earning a cold stare in return. After a few more tentative negotiations, the two morons decide to buy Lobo a drink and call it quits.
Returning to Bunsen's Bounty, Lobo insists somebody betrayed him to El Bastardé and demands payment for the fragged fugitive. Bunsen explains how he caused a lot of damage to the foundry and the insurance provider wouldn't cover him anymore. Furious, Lobo threatens the unscrupulous agent with physical violence, to which Bunsen arrogantly dares him, claiming he will blackball Lobo from the entire bounty hunting industry. Lobo's fury exceeds reason and he sends his miserable employer across his office, angrily announcing how he'll start his own agency. None of the onlookers join his venture. Even Jonas doesn't have faith in him. Lobo storms out indignantly and heads to Al's Diner to drown his sorrows. The "closed" sign on his favourite hangout only adds to his resentment, before he is tripped up by a vengeful dwarf to complete his humiliation.
- Lobo, P.I. is a five-issue storyline.
- Lobo's next publication appearance is Ray (Volume 2) #8, but his next chronological appearance is Lobo (Volume 2) #15.
- Killer and Brain Damage last appeared in Lobo: Unamerican Gladiators #4.
- El Bastardé's belt buckles include, "South a dee border" and "Good bad n ugly."
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