Character created by John Broome
and Carmine Infantino
. Bobo first appeared in Rex the Wonder Dog #4
Bobo started life as a chimp in Africa, not much different from
all other chimps. All that changed on the day, Bobo swallowed
a pair of microscopic aliens named Y-Nad and K-Ram along with
their spacecraft. The two extraterrestrials happened to look much like chimpanzees
and used their technology to boost Bobo's intelligence to near
Bobo used used his new found intelligence to save the lead
scientist from an American expedition from being killed by
his evil assistant. In gratitude, the scientist returned to the
U.S. with Bobo and soon, Bobo was under the care of Fred Thorpe,
a world reknowned animal handler.
Thorpe trained Bobo for many years, showing him the ways of human
society. Thorpe was murdered and Bobo was taken in by Thorpe's friend
Sheriff Edward Case of Oscaloosa County, Florida. Bobo used
his intelligence and instincts to help Case catch Thorpe's killer.
After that, Bobo often helped the sheriff solve cases.
Bobo began to grow old and soon retired from active detective
work, until he crossed paths with another intelligent animal,
Rex the Wonder Dog. The two found the legendary Fountain of
Youth and drinking from it, restored them to their prime.
Bobo estabilished his own detective agency and having mastered the
ability to speak, carried on for a number of years. He and Rex
both assisted in the defeat of Gorilla Grodd and Hector
Hammond, teaming with the Green Lantern and the Flash.
Recently, Bobo helped the Martian Manhunter a fellow detective
defeat Gorilla Grodd when he attempted to take over the world
by changing all humans into apes.
Bobo is also a member of the Bureau of Amplified Animals, a
government organization that taps the generally untouched potential
of the Non-Human Americans. The Bureau's funding is said to
be threatened now that Lex Luthor is in office.