Sunday, July 31, 2016

THE EVIL BUSTER vs NUNO SA PUNSO

A gang of kids who fought the supernatural (and drove their own car!), The Evil Buster appeared in Children's Stories (published by Atlas Publishing Co., Inc.) from 1988 to 1989, written by Arnold Mercado Pajaron and drawn by Arnold Renia Cruz.  This story is from issue #144 (October 6, 1988).



Sunday, June 12, 2016

MASKARADO

On the 118th Philippine Independence Day and the 6th anniversary of this blog, we present, at last...


Created by writer-artist Reno Maniquis, Maskarado ("Masked Man") debuted as a comic strip in the daily tabloid Tempo, running for 170 installments from February 20 to August 30, 1992.  Despite that very brief run, the character endured, and since the year 2000 has appeared in a series of independently-published comic books under the Capsule Comics imprint.


CARLO MIRANDA

In the original strip, police detective Carlo Miranda was the first to take up the mantle of Maskarado.  Killed in an encounter with a gang of criminals, his body was taken by a mysterious man who restores him to life in his spaceship.



 When Carlo revives, the mystery man gives him a strange mask.  Upon wearing it, Carlo emerges clad in a suit that bestows him with amazing powers.


The stranger reveals himself as an alien named Orimar.  Hailing from the planet Anilom, his people had wanted to help the people of Earth by appointing a champion to protect them from evil.  A role for which Carlo had been chosen.


Accepting the responsibility, Carlo fights the forces evil as both a police officer and the masked hero known as Maskarado.


Programmed to be used specifically by its designated wearer, the mask supplies Carlo with knowledge of all forms of combat.  As Maskarado, he possesses superhuman strength and speed, flight, and invulnerability to anything less than the force of a bomb.


After several adventures, the strip ends with Carlo retiring from the role of hero to settle down with his wife Myla.


Orimar takes back the mask for reprogramming and looks for a new protector to take Carlo's place.  It would be almost a decade before anyone dons the mask again.



RAYMOND PACHECO

The comic book series introduces us to Raymond Pacheco,  an ad agency employee who saves a little girl from getting run over by a car.  That act of heroism impresses Orimar, who chooses Raymond to take over as the new Maskarado.



ALLIES

BATTLER

An armored warrior from another dimension, Battler seeks Maskarado's help to free his world from the tyrannical Conqueror.


HAMMER MAN

Maskarado's former arch-nemesis.  When blacksmith Rolando Galez pounds his hammer on a crashed meteorite, he finds his hammer, and himself, infused with the meteor's energy.


Hammer Time!

Deciding to use his new-found power for personal gain, Rolando becomes the costumed assassin known as Hammer Man.  He hires himself out to crime boss Jonathan Man, eventually bringing him into conflict with Maskarado.

Please, Hammer, Don't Hurt Him!

Hammer Man is defeated after Maskarado crushes his hammer.  However, his hammer is later restored by the demon Etrigazar.

U Can't Touch This

Joining forces with Etrigazar, Hammer Man once again takes on Maskarado and his allies.  But the hero appeals to his humanity and persuades him to turn against the demon before he destroys the world.


Because of his part in helping to save the world, Hammer Man is pardoned for his crimes.  He goes on to become a superhero and an operative for the United Nations.

2 Legit 2 Quit

DAI-HANSHI GUARD

"The Over Samurai" (according to Google Translate) are a super sentai-style team of Japanese heroes.

KALAYAAN

Maskarado has teamed up with Gio Paredes' patriotic hero Kalayaan, and both heroes have also been members of...

BAYAN KNIGHTS

The all-star team of indie komiks superheroes.  Maskarado (the current one) was a member of their Powerhouse Division.


ENEMIES

JONATHAN MAN
Not Nick Fury

One-eyed Chinese crime lord and Maskarado's first foe.  He lost his eye when the hero punched it out in their initial encounter.









CONQUEROR AND OMEGATRON

The evil tyrant Conqueror rules Battler's dimension with his mind-controlling Master Machine.  Omegatron is his powerful robot henchman.


ENERGON
Mr. Pure Energy

An evil energy being from the Danger Zone, a limbo-like realm between Battler's dimension and the Earth.









ETRIGAZAR

Summoned to destroy Maskarado, the demon Etrigazar also plots to destroy the Earth and spread his evil throughout the universe.


LAGIM AND DILIM

Juliet de Juan vows vengeance on Maskarado after her brother Joel was killed in the hero's battle with Energon.  Black magic practitioner Heidi Gozon offers her services, and together they summon the demon Etrigazar from Hell.


Etrigazar promises to fulfill the two women's desires in exchange for their servitude.  Heidi is transformed into the demon's herald, Lagim ("Terror").

That's one happy skull.

While Juliet becomes Etrigazar's enforcer, Dilim ("Darkness").


Along with Hammer Man, Lagim and Dilim took on Maskarado and Battler.  But eventually, Maskarado makes Dilim see the error of her ways and convinces her to take their side against Etrigazar.


A.T.A.C.

The Advanced Technologically Augmented Combatant, a giant battle mecha that went up against the combined forces of Maskarado and Kalayaan.

SILAKBO

A super-powered arsonist, Silakbo ("Burst of Fire") possessed the ability to produce fire.















COVERS










Friday, April 1, 2016

TSUPERMAN v TAONG PANIKI

From Pilipino Funny Komiks #398 (January 31, 1986), the Man of Jeeps faces a dark nut.



Sunday, March 6, 2016

SENTENSYADOR!


Created by writer-illustrator Karl Comendador, Sentensyador! ("Sentencer!") ran from 1989 to 1990 in the pages of Ninja Komiks, published by Atlas Publishing Co., Inc.



MAN WITH NO FACE

Many years ago, Kenji, a Japanese straggler hiding out in the jungle, encounters a mysterious hunter with a bandaged face.


The victim of a crime that left him disfigured and his wife raped and murdered, the faceless man sought Kenji out for his samurai sword.  Rumored to have mystical powers, he intends to use the sword to avenge himself and rid the country of evil.  Kenji is reluctant at first, but ultimately agrees to help the stranger and trains him in the martial arts.


MAN ON A MISSION

Several years later, a ruthless masked vigilante known only as Sentensyador passes the death sentence on the criminal underworld and the Pentagon crime syndicate in particular.



MAN BEHIND THE MASK


Underneath Sentensyador's mask hides a hideously scarred face.  His true identity remains unknown, but he is suspected to secretly be one of these three men, each of whom have a score to settle with the Pentagon syndicate:

 Rico Rendon, a reporter whose father was murdered by Pentagon.











Elmer Contigo, a police officer tortured by Pentagon for butting into their business.










Brando Salgado, a millionaire philanthropist and sportsman who holds a secret grudge against Pentagon.









The now-aged Kenji remains at Sentensyador's side, serving as his confidante, aide and comrade-in-arms if necessary.


MAN OF ACTION

Sentensyador has no apparent superhuman abilities (none that I've noticed anyway) but is proficient in the martial arts, particularly with the sword, and skilled in the use of firearms.



BACK IN ACTION?

Late last year, creator Karl Comendador announced plans to bring Sentensyador back in circulation.  So we may perhaps expect the character to pass sentence anew sometime in the future.