Over the years, there have been several Filipino superheroes who have gone by the name Kidlat ("Lightning"). The first and most notable, of course, would be Kapitan Kidlat ("Captain Lightning"), originally a 1950's radio show which had since been adapted into a number of films. There was also a 1960's comic book hero named simply Kidlat, as well as a 1980's television series which starred actor Ricky Davao. And this 2013, the TV5 network had just premiered their own TV series starring Derek Ramsay in the title role.
During the early 1990's, Sonic Triangle Publishing, Inc. came up with their own variation on the theme, appropriately enough in the pages of Kidlat Super Heroes Komiks. Debuting in the magazine's first issue on June 21, 1993, Kung Tawagin Siya'y Kidlat ("They Call Him Lightning") was written by Mon Torres and illustrated by Vhic Arienda.
A boastful lightning elemental, Kidlat accidentally causes the death of an innocent boy, Obet. To atone for his wrongdoing, he agrees to trade his life for the boy's, inhabiting his body to live on Earth as a mortal. However, he is given the chance to regain his immortality by using his powers to save 20 lives.
But even after completing his required 20 good deeds, Kidlat decides to stay on Earth to continue helping those in need. At this point, the series skips ahead a few years into the future, with a now grown-up Obet Santos as a college student and part-time newspaper reporter, while serving as the superhero Kidlat.
POWERS AND ABILITIES
Initially, Obet would change into Kidlat through the use of a small magic stone, which triggered his transformation when he struck it against any surface. Later, he could transform by simply shouting the name Kidlat. In his hero form, he had the power of lightning at his command, as well as super strength, super speed, flight and invulnerability.
Kidlat's friend and fellow elemental.
A fairy-like being who counsels Kidlat in his dreams.
HARI NG KADILIMAN ("KING OF DARKNESS")
The ruler of an underground race of demons.
TAONG APOY ("FIRE PEOPLE")
Destructive creatures of living flame.
THE MAN OF YOUR DREAMS*
(*No, that's not really his name, he doesn't really have one.)
An agent of the King of Darkness, a serial killer who murders people in their dreams. Any similarites to any other nightmare-inducing killers is purely coincidental.
KIDLAT'S EVIL TWIN
Because every hero just has to have one, an evil clone created by the King of Darkness.