Sunday, August 28, 2011


Tabak ni Bulalakaw ("Sword of Meteor") was a 32-chapter serial that appeared in Shogun Qualikomiks, published by Graphic Arts Service, Inc. Running from Shogun #24 (August 17, 1986) to #55 (March 22, 1987), it was written and illustrated by internationally-acclaimed Filipino artist Vic Catan, Jr (Vicatan).


Combining science-fiction with ancient Philippine culture, the epic series chronicled the saga of Bughaw, the blue-skinned half-breed son of the alien prince Yudhistir (known on Earth as Bulalakaw) and the tribal princess Lakambini Paramisuli.

A mighty warrior, Bughaw possesses devastating psychokinetic powers and is armed with his father's sword, Anantavijaya.


Exiled as an infant, Bughaw returns years later to free his mother and reclaim their kingdom from the treacherous usurper Sultan Dumalogdog.


A happy Philippine National Heroes Day to all.

Friday, August 19, 2011

PLANET OPDI EYPS - Cowboys & Apes

Here's another helping of Roni Santiago's Planet Opdi Eyps. In this strip from Pilipino Funny Komiks #248 (March 18, 1983), the mustachioed Matsutsu takes after the masked rider of the Old West...

Friday, August 12, 2011

PLANET OPDI EYPS - Bardagol en da Smarps

Debuting in 1978, Planet Opdi Eyps was perhaps the longest-running series in Pilipino Funny Komiks (published by Islas Filipinas Publishing Co., Inc.). A spoof of the classic Planet of the Apes film series, it was created by cartoonist Roni Santiago. The strip was recently revived in the indie comic anthology Boink! Comics (published by CoRE Studios).

One of the series' popular characters is the overgrown baby ape, Bardagol. Strong and kind-hearted, this gentle giant is a superhero in his own right. In this strip from Funny Komiks #387 (November 15, 1985), Bardagol meets a family of tiny blue creatures who look awfully familiar...

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Atom Man was the 1st place winner in Super Action Pocketkomiks' Original Super-Hero Drawing Contest. Unveiled in Super Action #26 (February 12, 1986), the character was created by Ramon G. Gimena of Bacolod Irosin, Sorsogon.

As part of the prize, Atom Man was made into an 8-page story which appeared in Super Action #32 (March 26, 1986), written by Edwin Samonte and illustrated by Manny Pantaleon.

The son of a brilliant scientist, Ram explores his late father's old basement laboratory. There, he finds his father's greatest creation: a "wonder pill" containing the elements of atomic energy.

Upon swallowing the pill, Ram becomes imbued with superhuman abilities. He also finds a specially-made costume which he wears to become the atomic-powered superhero, Atom Man.

Atom Man posseses super strength, invulnerability, ultra telescopic vision, supersonic speed, and the power of flight.

The atom sign on Atom Man's palm is a warning system that beeps when danger is afoot.