El Diablo (02 - Rafael Sandoval)
Real Name: Rafael Sandoval
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The second iteration was created in 1988 by writer Gerard Jones and artist Mike Parobeck as a title set in the modern DC Universe. This title lasted 16 months.
As created by Jones and Parobeck, Rafael Sandoval is a rookie member of the city council of Dos Rios, Texas who creates his version of El Diablo from an old boxing persona and local legends surrounding the Devil when stymied trying to pursue the case of a serial insurance arsonist via official channels.
Subsequent efforts involve battles with illicit drug smugglers using maquiladora covers for their activities, a hunt for a serial killer, conflicts with human-smuggling operations, and with Sandoval's own conscience over how best to serve the people of Dos Rios.
The Sandoval character has subsequently made guest appearances in one of the Justice League titles, in which he is possessed by the spirit of an Aztec god-emperor. He also appears in the Villains United Special when he is pulled out of retirement by Oracle to serve in her de facto Justice League, whereupon he is attacked by a member of the Royal Flush Gang during a battle at the Enclave M prison in the Sonora Valley, Mexico. He is wounded in the battle, but saved from death by the warden of the facility.
First Appearance: El Diablo (1989) #1
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#25 Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes (2010)
- 'Knight After Knight'
HC El Diablo (1989)
- 'Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes'
#1 Guy Gardner: Warrior (1994)
- 'Devil on the Street'#2
- 'The Hit'#3
- 'The Storm part 1 of 4: No Posada'#5
- 'The Storm part 3 of 4: No One to Depend On!'#7
- 'The Storm finale: Barrio Unido'#8
- 'The Devil in Her Heart'#9
- 'Love is Hell'#10
- 'The Franchise'#11
- 'The Franchise Part Two'#12
- 'The Last Round Up'#13
- 'Hot Town'#14
- 'The River'#15
- 'The Long Night'#16
#29 Justice League America (1989)
- 'It's My Party And I'll Fight If I Want To'
#42 Lobo (1993)
- 'One Hand in Darkness...'#110
- 'New Devils for Old'#111
- 'The Purge, Part 1: Now it's Time...'#112
- 'The Purge, Part 2: To Say Goodbye'#113
- 'The Purge, Part 3: To All Our Company'
#62 Secret Origins (1986)
- 'The All-New, Non-Violent Adventures of Super-Bo!, Part 3: Return to Eden'
#45 The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
- 'Featuring Blackhawk, Plus The New El Diablo'
HC Villains United (2005)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
- 'Amanda Waller To Wotan'
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