Wednesday, August 22, 2007

1970's Flashback: El Diablo

El Diablo (Lazarus Lane) first appeared in All-Star Western # 2 (Oct./Nov. 1970). Lazarus Lane the original El Diablo [a second version was introduced by DC in 1989]operated in the latter half of the 19th Century in the old American West, although the character could easily have been placed in a contemporary setting, with the bedridden & catatonic Lane being a modern hero and his ghostly alter ego being played just as it was in the first series.
As it was, Lazarus Lane was a bank teller who was nearly killed by a gang of thieves and then put in a coma after being hit by lightning. After being revived by a Native American shaman, Lane becomes a vigilante and called himself El Diablo. He is one of several Wild West DC characters, along with Jonah Hex, Bat Lash, Pow-Wow Smith, and the heroic Trigger Twins. The name El Diablo means "the devil" in Spanish.
Despite making only a few memorable appearances, several industry legends worked on or ilustrated the El Diablo feature including Gray Morrow, Neal Adams and writer/creator Robert Kanigher.

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