Sunday, September 18, 2016

ALYAS: COMBAT


Alyas: Combat appeared in the short-lived Combat Action Komiks (published by Sonic Triangle Publishing, Inc.) from July to September 1993.  Written and illustrated by Gilbert Monsanto, the man known as Combat was a former soldier turned professional wrestler.



HEELS

MAJOR FLORENZKOTT

A disgraced military officer discharged for atrocities during Desert Storm, Florenzkott plots revenge against Combat.






BLITZKRIEG
Florenzkott's android enforcer.
 




















BLACK MAMBA
A mysterious masked villain who runs an illegal street fight.
 




















DOC VICIOUS

Combat's rival for the world championship belt.




















ROYAL RAMBOL ENTRY

In 2007, an older version of the character, now known as Lt. Combat, came out of retirement for the Metropolitan segment of Rambol Komiks, published by Monsanto's Sacred Mountain Publications.




Sunday, September 4, 2016

VERSUS


Versus ran in the pages of Kick Fighter Action Komiks Magasin (published by Infinity Publishing, Inc.) from 1993 to 1995.  One of the magazine's most popular features, it was written by Mike Tan and illustrated by Lando Inolino.



THE BATTLE BEGINS

Versus is a gladiatorial fighting tournament held on the technologically-advanced planet Omicron.  Two of the games' mightiest fighters are the heroic superhuman warrior Balzaur and the evil electric-powered Voltar.


On the day the two combatants were slated to face each other, Omicron was rocked by a devastating quake that eventually led to its destruction.


Balzaur and Voltar manage to escape to the planet Earth, where they continue their ongoing battle. However, powerful shockwaves are unleashed whenever the two are in close proximity to each other, threatening to destroy the world (as they did Omicron) every time that they do battle!





TEAM BALZAUR

 BALZAUR
 An extraterrestrial powerhouse, Balzaur possesses superhuman strength and agility.  He can leap great heights and distances, and is invulnerable to most forms of harm.


BOGA
Ex-soldier and hitman turned vigilante.  Originally hired to take down Balzaur,  Boga (slang term for "gun") eventually switches to his side.  An electronics wizard, he employs an arsenal of high-tech weaponry.  The resident "merc with a mouth," he is as sharp with his tongue as he is with his aim, and is perhaps the series' most popular character.

He may also have been the first person to coin the term "Dabarkads."

VIDA
Sole survivor from the lost civilization of Lemuria.  She possesses mind-based powers such as telepathy, telekinesis, levitation and the ability to project psi-blasts.


CHAN LEE
Martial arts master and Shaolin monk sent to determine the nature of the alien combatants.  He develops the ability to expel bursts of energy after surviving an electric blast from Voltar.

SHADOW NINJA
Another adversary turned ally.  He doesn't last very long, ultimately sacrificing his life in battle.













DELGADO AND SPIKE
Delgado is the fight manager who discovers Balzaur and owner of the gym that serves as the team's home base.  Spike is an aspiring amateur boxer and resident sidekick.


TEAM VOLTAR

VOLTAR
A living dynamo of devastation, Voltar has the power to fire destructive blasts of electricity and the ability to fly.


BRAIN MASTER
A pint-sized robotics genius who seeks to control both Voltar and Balzaur.








ULTIMAXX
Sometimes referred to as Ultramaxx, Brain Master's main robot henchman.

SENTINEL ROBOT 
Another of Brain Master's robot creations.
 
BROMEL
Balzaur's brother, who leads an alien invasion of Earth.

  







THE MUTATES

Three earthlings abducted by Bromel, subjected to genetic experimentation and transformed into his super-powered soldiers.  They are composed of:

MATAHARI
Matahari (literally "Eyeking") has the power to shoot powerful blasts from his eye(s).
 





ARYANA
Aryana possesses lethal telekinetic abilities.








KUWATROMANOS
Kuwatromanos ("Fourhands") literally has four arms, each hand equipped with deadly razor-sharp claws.







COMMANDER
Yet another would-be alien invader.















ZORK
The pilot of the Commander's ship.










BLACK DRAGON NINJA
Shadow Ninja's shapeshifting brother, out to avenge his sibling's death (which he blames on Team Balzaur.)









OTHER BATTLES TO FIGHT

When Versus concluded its run (with the main conflict unresolved), its cast of characters went their separate ways into other series.  Balzaur teamed up with Billy the Dragon in Zero Gravity, and later with Biotrog and Jolas Zuares in Omni Powers.  Voltar played the villain in Blades and Bullets and Tech Force 2000.  As for Boga and the rest of the team, they would strike out on their own as Team Bravo.


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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.















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