Monday, July 1, 2019

LASER MAN

Created by writer D.G. Salonga and artist Abel Laxamana, Laser Man blasted through Super Action Pocketkomiks (published by Atlas Publishing Co., Inc.) from 1985 to '86.



AN EYE FOR AN EYE


Tragedy befalls Elmo Salazar and his wife Lirio when a group of criminals break into their home.


The house is looted.  Lirio is raped and murdered in front of her husband.  Then the ring leader, Elmo's evil stepmother Varga, adds injury to insult by gouging his eyes out.


Elmo is shot and left for dead.  The gruesome crime makes headlines.


The news reaches an unnamed scientist who turns out to be Elmo's old mentor.  The Professor visits the hospital where his critically-injured student is admitted.  By coincidence, he arrives at the same time as the three masterminds behind the crime, who have come to finish the job.



Overhearing their conversation, the Professor starts a small fire in the restroom and steals Elmo away while everyone is distracted.  He brings him to his home laboratory, performing an experimental procedure and fitting him with a new pair of mechanical eyes.



When Elmo recovers, the Professor explains his artificial eyes' capabilities, such as enhanced vision, and the ability to shoot laser beams.  Unfortunately, the criminals are able to track them down.  The Professor instructs Elmo to destroy his lab.


Elmo and the Professor make their escape, but the latter is shot during the attempt.  With his dying breath, he tells Elmo to keep himself hidden and use his new powers to fight evil.


As per the Professor's last request, Elmo returns to the ruins of his mentor's home where he unearths a chest full of money and jewelry to help him on his mission.  Honoring his vow, Elmo begins his secret crusade against crime as "the man with the metal eyes," the burning light in the darkness known as The Laser Man.






POWERS AND ABILITIES








Elmo can emit focused beams of light and heat from his mechanized eyes.  Controlled by a computer implanted in his chest, he can vary the width and intensity of the lasers, from a thin, barely-visible beam---


---to a searing, destructive death ray.



He also possesses infra-red night vision, x-ray vision--


--heightened senses, and he could intercept radio transmissions as well.


(If he was revived today, he'd probably have wi-fi.)

To recharge his powers, Elmo must occasionally absorb a massive amount of electricity (such as from a lightning strike) into his body.




ENEMIES


VARGA, MALTO & DALTON

The three conspirators against the Salazars.  Varga Ramirez wants revenge on her ingrate stepson Elmo.  Malto Aguilar lusts after Lirio, who had rejected him.  Dalton Amigo is just in it for the money.


VIDA, VIRKA, VESTA & VIA


 Four sisters, wealthy, beautiful young socialites--


--who moonlight as armed terrorists.


THE SPIDER GANG



A gang of motorcycle-riding costumed criminals comprised of trained athletes. 





COVER GALLERY

 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

GOODZILLA

He's like Godzilla, only, you know--good.

Created by writer Jun R. De Leon and illustrator Jimmy D. Flores, this crime-fighting kaiju appeared in 1993 in the pages of Super Heroes Comix, published by Graphic Arts Service Inc.

In this strip from issue #21 (December 12, 1993), Goodzilla fights the 12-foot cyborg villain Silverman.







I wonder if he had an evil twin named Badzilla?  Probably.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

BATHALA - Raja Team One

Hey, it's been a while.  Let's see if we can get back in the groove.

Way back in 2015, we did a brief feature on the Kidlat Superheroes Komiks serial Bathala.  Four years later, here's that looooooong overdue follow-up, spotlighting the series' protagonists...

RAJA TEAM ONE


LAM-ANG


Real Name: Geonell Salvador

Named after the Ilocano epic hero, Lam-ang has the ability to absorb and store any type of energy into his body and release it in the form of devastating bio-kinetic blasts or as a protective force field.



MAKILING


Real Name: Angelina Sagala

Named after the mythical guardian spirit of Mount Makiling, she can influence the temperature of her surroundings, notably giving her ice-based powers.  Makiling can also direct energy to her feet, enabling her to fly.



CARPIO


Real Name: Jay Jorge Beltran

Named after the mythological strongman Bernardo Carpio, he is the team's resident powerhouse.  Needless to say, Carpio possesses superhuman strength, but besides that he also has superhuman endurance that enables him to withstand extreme temperatures and hold his breath for an extended period of time.  He carries a protomagnetic shield that grants him the power of flight.



DWEN


Real Name: June Bautista

His name is taken from the word duwende, the Philippine term for dwarves, elves or goblins.  The youngest team member, Dwen has psionic powers that enable him to scan the minds of others or fire powerful psi-blasts at his opponents.  He is also capable of teleportation, but the range of this ability is limited to only 30 kilometers.

ADARNA


Real Name: Fritzie Aguilar

Named after the eponymous bird from the 16th century epic poem, Adarna has a powerful high-pitched voice that can shatter anything, including metal.  Aside from this, she is also a skilled martial artist, a pair of katana blades being her weapons of choice.  Her sister, K'wa, is a member of the opposing team, the evil Salot.



LAWIN


Unfortunately, I don't have the profile page for this guy.  Anyway, Lawin ("Hawk") possesses razor-sharp claws, super-sharp senses, and a winged cape that enables him to glide through the air.


From his appearance, one would assume Lawin to be the silent, brooding mystery-man of the group, but that couldn't be further from the truth.  Underneath that cool-looking mask is a brash and vain pretty boy who considers himself the star player of the team.


 

 

COVER GALLERY

 




That's all for now.  Watch out for our feature on the Rajas' villainous counterparts, the Salot, coming out--sometime in the future. (^_^)

Saturday, September 29, 2018

TINY TOM


Created by writer Ray Morgan and artist Thor William, Tiny Tom ran weekly in Pilipino Funny Komiks (Published by Islas Filipinas Publishing Co., Inc.) from 1981 to 1983.


HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KID!


Dr. Lugo
Dr. Rod Suarez and his young son Tom were abducted by the criminal mastermind Dr. Lugo, who wanted the kidnapped scientist to build a shrinking device for him.  During a struggle, Tom was struck by the rays of the device, shrinking him down to about an inch in height.

Dr. Suarez and Tiny Tom

Despite his size, Tom was able to escape and sought the help of his father's girlfriend, beauty salon owner Olivia.

"Aling Olivia"

Rosal, Lily, Dahlia and Camfufot - The original Flower 4.



Assisted by gay beauticians Rosal, Lily, Dahlia and Camfufot, they attempted to rescue Tom's father, who was being held captive in a fake haunted house.



TINY NO MORE


Not-so-Tiny Tom
In the series' 57th chapter (PFK#240 - January 21, 1983), Tom gets hit by a prototype laser which then causes him to grow 12 feet in height!  He spends the remainder of the series in this state as he mops up the rest of Lugo's gang.