Bobo Smith was a jazz clarinetist who lived in New Orleans in the 1910s. When the city was struck by an epidemic of Spanish flu, Bobo Smith was one of the many who became hill. On the contrary, his lover Jack Rogers was passively immune to the disease and performed many blood transfusions to save the lives of several patients. Bobo Smith was a recipient of his lover's blood, which quickly helped him to heal, as well as other patients who miraculously felt better, while Rogers died because of all the transfusions he had done, leaving Bobo Smith alive, yet alone.
Bobo Smith and Rogers later became known as the fourth incarnation of the Divine Pairing, a couple of individuals who were supposed to save New Orleans at the cost of the life of one of them.