Sunday, November 28, 2010


Capitalizing on the popularity of arcade fighting games, Infinty Publishing Inc. came out with Kick Fighter Komiks, which had quite a successful run during the mid-1990's. Launched on February 8, 1993, the weekly magazine played host to a number of video game-inspired heroes. The most popular and enduring of them all was Biotrog, created by writer Jojo Ende Jr. and artist Gilbert Monsanto.


Roger was the son of Remy Summers, a dedicated cop who ran afoul of a powerful criminal syndicate. As a young boy, Roger and his parents were on vacation when they were ambushed by the syndicate's assassins. The Summers' car was set ablaze and the family was left for dead. However, young Roger just barely survived, though the ordeal had left him severely injured, badly disfigured, and suffering from memory loss.

The ambush was witnessed by a Chinese scientist named Dr. Wang, who takes the mortally-wounded Roger to his laboratory for treatment. To save Roger's life, Dr. Wang had to amputate one of the boy's arms (always written to be his right, though drawn in the early stories as his left) and both his legs, replacing them with artificial cybernetic limbs. Unfortunately, the doctor could do nothing for Roger's heavily deformed face ("Dammit, man, I'm a scientist, not a plastic surgeon!")

Dr. Wang takes in the amnesiac Roger as his adopted son. The only clue to the boy's identity was a postcard that bore his name. He is given the nickname Biotrog, which variously means Bio-Electronic Roger or Bio-Technological Roger (this is what you get when nerds name their kids). Trained in the martial arts by Dr. Wang, Biotrog grows up to use his fighting skills and bionic abilities as a masked vigilante, battling crime in the streets of Manhattan.

Apparently, they spoke a lot of Tagalog in New York.

Read a more detailed account of Biotrog's history in his Wikipedia page.


As mentioned, Biotrog is a highly-skilled martial artist, having been trained by Dr. Wang since he was a boy. His cybernetic body parts give him the strength of six men. Initially, he only had one bionic arm, but he later had his other arm replaced after losing it in a struggle with his arch foe Biolante. Both of his cybernetic arms come equipped with retractable razor-sharp claws, while his cybernetic legs enable him to run faster than the average human.

A couple of early stories had also shown Biotrog to be capable of telekinesis and telepathy, but he has rarely ever used these abilities since then.

Yukk ain't got nothing on him.

Biotrog was later given retractable cybernetic wings that enabled him to fly, but like his telekinetic powers, he very rarely used this ability as well.


Biotrog's disfigured features would eventually be repaired, thanks to the efforts of his scientist girlfriend/crimefighting partner Dianne "Angel" Mendoza.

Although Biotrog and his fellow Kick Fighter mainstays were inspired by popular video game characters, it is to their creators' credit that they moved beyond being mere knock-offs. Rather than simply ripping-off from those that influenced them, they were given completely new backstories, and their look would gradually be modified (as is the case with Biotrog's later costume below) to make them original characters in their own right.



Biotrog's mentor and adopted father, a former Chinese monk turned scientist. A master of both science and the martial arts, this mysterious genius is also hinted to be over 100 years old!

Looking good for an old geezer.


The daughter of a murdered scientist, Dianne Mendoza became the female vigilante Angel to avenge her parents' deaths and recover her father's stolen formula from the terrorist organization known as the War Claws. She crosses paths with the silver-masked hero Biotrog, and the two crimefighters would eventually fall in love.

Angel is an expert martial artist and swordswoman, as well as a brilliant scientist. She was also responsible for fixing Biotrog's deformed face.

--and busting this woman's.


The original Red Ninja was an android created by Dr. Wang to test Biotrog and, later, to assist him in his missions.

On one occasion, Dr. Wang disguised himself as the Red Ninja to defeat the ninja terrorist Mr. Grey. Ironically, the Red Ninja identity would eventually be taken over by Grey's own brother.


The twin brother of Biotrog's former enemy Mr. Grey, Bernard Grey became the hero's ally, later assuming the mantle of the Red Ninja.

Trained in the art of Ninjitsu, the cunning Bernard is a master of trickery. He also posed as Biotrog for a time while Roger was recuperating from his facial surgery.


  1. Marami nagtatagalog sa NY! LOL! Bale ito ang first tagalized story sa pinas :)

  2. OK lang yun, madami din namang english-speaking na local comics, e. Good of you to drop by, sir, I hope you like what you see. (^_^)

  3. "inspired by"? WTF... you diss the Capt. Barbel TV show for lack f originality & this gets an "inspired by"?!!!!

    Here was a comic capitalizing on Street Fighter fame... not being inspired, but capitalizing, that's different. Like selling bootleg CDs & clothes. You take a brand & copy it & profit. The characters were made to look as close as they could to the Street fighter.

  4. And to this day the character STILL looks like Vega/Balrog... long blonde hair, partially bare chest, claw & hip sash.

    "Inspired by"


  5. ...rant aside, your site is great & quite informative. It is a great collection you are doing.

    I honestly believe that we Filipinos are very talented BUT we sorely lack originality. Every time I pick up Pinoy Indies at conventions SO MUCH of it are still just analogs of popular American & Japanese concepts... but stuff like Mr. Aliguilan's Elmer still give me hope.

  6. Well, one person's "inspiration" is another's "rip-off." My point was that there was at least some effort to differentiate Biotrog from Vega/Balrog in terms of story and appearance (although as far as the latter aspect goes, the similarities may still be too close). If I may be so bold to say so, I can compare it to how the original Captain Barbell was created; superficialy, it's really Captain Marvel, but everything else about it is very different. Captain Barbell the TV show, on the other hand, did the reverse; turning a character with an established history and some claim to originality into a complete rip-off.

    Actually, as far as originality in superhero comics goes (in general, not just local ones), I'm of the opinion that every superhero has been "inspired" by something, especially the major ones. But that's another topic altogether, I think.

    Anyway, you're certainly entitled to your opinions and I appreciate your sharing them (although I didn't quite appreciate being called "sugflsdhgdgdgdfg." Just kidding (^_^)). And thank you for your comments, I'm glad you like the site. I'm just doing my modest part in preserving Filipino comics history.

  7. Something is better than nothing. Ika nga.

  8. Kick Fighter creators never denied the fact that they used Street Fighter reference for Kick Fighter. Back in 90's pinoy's only access to Manga is close to nothing because most of them are really expensive and most of them won't even reach the local shore. So Kick Fighter is the answer to the growing demand of Komiks based on the most popular video game back on those era. though creators based the character designs from Street Fighter characters, the story and personality of every characters created in KF are unique on their own way.

    In reality, there is no such thing as perfect originality. Or kung meron man it is super rare. What really exist are ideas inspired by other ideas. Even the Elmer of Gerry who you used as an example is in my opinion is not entirely original. We know a lot of comic books with talking animals. Pugad Baboy for example. Pero niripoff ba ni Gerry ang Pugad Baboy? No, because Gerry used that idea and created his own. That is the same with Kick Fighter komiks.

    If you will open up your mind, you will find out there are a lot of best selling or award winning titles that are not entirely original. I'm sure that you will be shocked.

    1. I always thought what the Kick Fighter people did was the polar opposite of the usual plagiarism practice. Instead of merely copying what's popular at the moment, they were like "how can we make this different?"

      Also, name any foreign superhero, I can tell you exactly where they were copied from. Everything comes from something.