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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 because "yer tough". He would later refer to Superman as his "fav'rit".
Later stories establish Bibbo as a longshoreman and former boxer, however he remains largely a comic relief character, portrayed as vaguely well-meaning but not too bright. His admiration for Superman remains based on physical strength, as his admiration is briefly transferred to Lobo when the Czarnian appears tougher.
He becomes a more significant part of the comic when he finds a winning lottery ticket and uses the money to buy the Ace O' Clubs bar and help those living in the Slum.
When Superman dies at the hands of Doomsday, Bibbo is part of the team who unsuccessfully performs CPR. 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 souvenir stock to get him off the street, then offers him a job at the Ace O' Clubs. While Superman is gone, Bibbo takes to putting on a 'disguise' of sorts and helping out on the streets. His rescue of a cat from a tree is featured second-hand on the news.
Bibbo briefly takes care of a small white dog named Krypto, not to be confused with the current Kryptonian dog of the same name. The original Krypto's name arose when the engraver Bibbo hired made an intentional mistake, trying to extort more money from Bibbo`s (the price accorded was for six letters). It was supposed to be Krypton. Angry, Bibbo took the dog tag as it was. Krypto would later be watched over by Superboy, then even later, Superboy's Hawaiin neighbor.
The Ace O' Clubs bar is the site of a battle between the life-force devouring Parasite and the heroic Aztek. Bibbo, usually one for joining in on a fight, wisely stays back in this incident, as it was well known contact with Parasite would kill.
In The Power of Shazam!, Ordway introduces Professor Bibbowski, Bibbo's pacifistic scientist brother.
First Appearance: Adventures of Superman (1987) #428
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Action Comics (1938)
#661 Adventures of Superman (1987)
- 'Stretching a Point!'#663
- 'Lost in the '40s Tonight'#664
- 'Many Long Years Ago...'#667
- 'The Final Chapter'#673
- 'Friends in Need'#674
- 'The Past Is Prologue'#674 (With UPC)
- 'The Past Is Prologue'#685
- 'Born Again (Die-Cut Cover)'#692
- 'And Who, Disguised as Clark Kent?'#699
- 'Eye Of The Hurricane'#721
- 'The Fortune Plague'#737
- 'Burden of Proof'#749
- 'City of the Future'#771
- 'The Out of Towner'#772
- 'Kith & Kin, Part One'#811
- 'Strange New Visitor, Part One'
Aztek: The Ultimate Man (1996)
TPB DC Comics Presents: Superman (2010)
- 'JLA Presents: Aztek the Ultimate Man'#9
- 'The Power And The Glory'
DC Retroactive: Superman - The '90s (2011)
DC Versus Marvel/Marvel Versus DC (1996)
#3 JSA 80-Page Giant (2010)
- 'Marvel Versus DC/DC Versus Marvel: Round Three'
Justice Society of America (2007)
#27 Showcase '95 (1995)
- 'Ghost in the Darkness'
Showcase '96 (1996)
#10 Son of Vulcan (2005)
- 'Bibbo vs. Everybody - Ultra Boy - Captain Comet'
#6 Superman (1939)
- 'Changing Realities!'#97
- 'Assault on Calvin Gardens'
#679 Superman (1987)
- 'The Coming of Atlas, Part 3: All That's Red and Blue Falls Down'#686
- 'Yesterday and Tomorrow'
Annual 09 Superman (1993)
- 'Black Crucible'#40
- 'Terror on the Streets'#41
- 'The Nature of the Beast'#51
- 'Mister Z!'#52
- 'The Name, Pardners, is Terra-Man...'#54
- 'The Warsaw Ghetto'#55
- 'Intergang -- No More!'#76
- 'Metropolis Mailbag II'#123
- 'Superman...Reborn!'#123 (A)
- 'Superman...Reborn!'#123 (Signed)
(02) Superman (1996)
- 'Eine Welt ohne Superman Teil 1'
#30 Superman (2001)
- 'Vom Glück verfolgt'
Superman & Savage Dragon: Metropolis (1999)
Superman Forever (1998)
Superman Metropolis Secret Files (2000)
Superman: Mon-El (2010)
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (1995)
#4 Superman: The Wedding Album (1996)
- 'The World's Mightiest Mortals!'#11
Teen Titans (1996)
#7 Teen Titans (2003)
- 'Dark Nemesis Part 1 of 2'#8
- 'Dark Nemesis Part 2 of 2'#16
- 'Titans: Then & Now Epilogue'
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
HC Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'
- 'Aquaman to Zatanna'
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