Bibbo Bibbowski

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Bibbo Bibbowski
Bibbo Bibbowski (Who's Who).png
Interior artwork from Who's Who in the DC Universe 12 (September, 1991 DC Comics). Art by Jerry Ordway.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Adventures of Superman #428 (May 1987)
Created by Jerry Ordway (art)
Marv Wolfman (script)
In-story information
Full name Bo Bibbowski
Team affiliations Ace o' Clubs
Supporting character of Superman
Abilities Skilled pugilist

Bo "Bibbo" Bibbowski is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Superman.

Publication history[edit]

Bibbo Bibbowski first appeared in Adventures of Superman #428 (May 1987) and was created by Jerry Ordway and Marv Wolfman.[1] He is based on Jerry Ordway's real life friend, Jo Jo Kaminski, described as a 'hard as nails softie'.[2]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Bibbo first appears in a Suicide Slum bar called the Ace o' Clubs. When Superman comes in looking for information, Bibbo, thinking this is "some clown in a Superman suit", punches Superman, damaging his hand. He gains respect for the Man of Steel. He would later refer to Superman as his "fav'rit" hero.[1]

During the Eradicator saga, Bibbo teams up with Lobo and Raof, a teleporter and a tribute to Marvel's Nightcrawler, to witness Lobo kill Superman. Lobo gives Bibbo a set of special goggles that will record the battle. All three, however, get drunk on Okarran liquor and thus suffer loss of all memory of the battle, which Superman won by a ruse engineered by the Eradicator artifact. Additionally, Bibbo wore the goggles backwards, and thus the entire recording was of his reactions. As a result, the aliens who retained Lobo to kill Superman have no proof that there even was a battle.

Bibbo becomes a more significant part of the comic when he finds a winning lottery ticket dropped by Gangbuster and uses the money to buy the Ace o' Clubs bar and to help those living in the slum.[1]

Bibbo as seen in the Reign of the Supermen story arc

Bibbo attempts to assist Superman when Superman becomes involved in a drawn-out fight against the murderous Doomsday. Bibbo works with Professor Hamilton on a plan to blast Doomsday with a large laser. They score a direct hit, but the monster is not affected.[3]

When Doomsday and Superman ultimately kill each other, Bibbo is on the scene and helps Hamilton use a device to try to perform CPR on Superman, despite the risk of the device killing Bibbo himself. The plan fails and Bibbo is injured. Hamilton takes over the CPR but also fails.[4]

Shortly afterward, Bibbo encounters a young man who, his family rendered homeless by Doomsday's rampage, is blatantly selling "Death of Superman" commemorative souvenirs during a public commemoration honoring the Man of Steel. At first outraged at the man's crassness, Bibbo feels some sympathy for his losses and buys his entire inventory in order to get him off the street, then offers him a job at the Ace O' Clubs.[5] While Superman is gone, Bibbo takes to putting on a 'disguise' of sorts and helping out on the streets. Around this time he saves a man from suicide. This is mostly told through tall tales concerning various super-villains.[6]

Bibbo briefly takes care of a small white dog named Krypto whom he had saved from drowning, not to be confused with the Kryptonian dog of the same name. The name was supposed to be "Krypton", but the engraver Bibbo hired to make a name tag made an intentional mistake, trying to extort more money from Bibbo (the price accorded was for six letters). Bibbo took the tag as it was.[7]

A poster seen by the hero Aztek indicates that at one point, Bibbo fought the hero Wildcat during a charity boxing event.[8] Later in the series, The Ace O' Clubs bar is the site of a battle between the life-force devouring Parasite and Aztek.[9] Bibbo and his friends purposely ignore the fight, playing cards instead and trusting others to handle the villain.

In The Power of Shazam!, Ordway introduces Professor Bibbowski, Bibbo's pacifist scientist brother.

Bibbo reappears in Superman #679, shown as one of the champions of Metropolis that the villainous Atlas defeated. He is established by then as having worked in the Ace of Clubs, even bringing himself to boldly menace Atom Smasher for "Talking trash about Sooperman".[10]

Bibbo returns in 2016 Superman #4. He is seen arm-wrestling Hacken and easily beating him, before Superman's fight with Eradicator moves into his bar. Bibbo is shocked to see what appears to be Superman running away from the fight, but quickly realizes Superman is simply trying to lure Eradicator somewhere when there are no innocent bystanders.

Later Bibbo and his niece show up in Superwoman. When Ultrawoman takes over Metropolis, Bibbo is seen trying to start a fight with her minions but is saved by Natasha Irons and Traci 13.

Perry White recommends Clark and Lois take their son over to Bibbo's 'Ace O' Clubs' for burgers. [11]

At one point, Superman saves Bibbo from being murdered by gun-wielding muggers. [12]

Other versions[edit]

The Dark Side[edit]

Bibbo plays an important part in the alternate universe story Superman: The Dark Side. He watches out for Jimmy Olsen, keeps an eye on Lois Lane and fights back against invading alien forces from Apokolips.

Convergence[edit]

The Pre-Zero-Hour version of Bibbo becomes friends with Steel's niece and nephew in the Convergence storyline. Despite their robotic disguises, he recognizes them instantly.[13]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Bibbo briefly appears as the owner of the Ace of Clubs in the Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman episode "Double Jeopardy", played by Troy Evans.
  • Bibbo is featured in Superman: The Animated Series voiced by Brad Garrett. He appears as Lois' information source on the docks. In the animated universe, Bibbo is an unemployed sea captain who frequents the Hobb's Bay section of Metropolis. He appears in the episodes "The Last Son of Krypton", "A Little Piece of Home", "Livewire", "Monkey Fun", "A Fish Story", "World's Finest" Pt. 1 and "Heavy Metal".
  • Bibbo makes a non-speaking appearance in the Justice League episode "Hereafter". He is among those attending Superman's funeral following his "supposed death."
  • Bibbo's Ace of Clubs appeared thrice (as an upscale nightclub) in Smallville's seventh season and numerous times in the eighth season.
  • Bibbo Bibbowski appears in Young Justice voiced by Miguel Ferrer. The episode "Schooled" features a scene set in a Metropolis diner called "Bibbo's" with Bibbo himself making a brief non-speaking cameo in the kitchen. In the episode "Happy New Year", Bibbo is shown as one of the prisoners held by the Kroloteans. In "Alienated", the Krolotean impostor is confronted by Blue Beetle, Bumblebee, and the real Bibbo. Bibbo did have a strange reaction when Blue Beetle was talking to his suit.

Film[edit]

Video games[edit]

  • Bibbo's bar, the Ace O' Clubs, appears in the Metropolis stage in Injustice 2. Bibbo himself makes a cameo in the background of the stage, tending the bar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Beatty, Scott (2008). "Bibbo". In Dougall, Alastair. The DC Comics Encyclopedia. London: Dorling Kindersley. p. 47. ISBN 0-7566-4119-5. 
  2. ^ Tye, Larry (1994). Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero. Random House. p. 264. ISBN 978-1-4000-6866-1. 
  3. ^ Bogdanove, Jon (p), Dennis Janke (i), Dennis Janke (col). "Doomsday Is Here!" Superman: The Man of Steel 19 (January 1993), DC Comics
  4. ^ Adventures of Superman #498 (January 1993)
  5. ^ Superman: The Man of Steel #20 (February 1993)
  6. ^ Showcase '96 #10 (November 1996)
  7. ^ Adventures of Superman #502 (July 1993)
  8. ^ Aztek #4 (November 1996)
  9. ^ Aztek #7 (February 1997)
  10. ^ Justice Society of America #27 (July 2009)
  11. ^ Action Comics #987 (September 2017)
  12. ^ Action Comics #1000 (2018)
  13. ^ Convergence: Superman: Man of Steel #1-2 (April - May 2015)

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