Written and illustrated by komiks legend Francisco V. Coching, El Indio was serialized in Pilipino Komiks (published at the time by Ace Publications, Inc.) from 1952 to 1953. The sequel to Coching's 1951 serial Ang Barbaro (a.k.a. Sabas, Ang Barbaro ("Sabas, The Barbarian")), it centered on the previous protagonist's son, a half-Spaniard, half-Filipino mestizo, who fights against oppression in colonial-era Philippines as the masked rebel El Indio. A film adaptation was released in 1953.
Recently, the serial had been restored by artist and komiks historian Gerry Alanguilan, and a graphic novel collection was released by Vibal Foundation's Komiks Klasiks imprint in 2009. Here is an excerpt from the book:
THE SEVENTIES # 582: VILMA SANTOS, GLORIA ROMERO, CELIA RODRIGUEZ AND LIZA LORENA, WITH EDDIE GARCIA, MARISSA DELGADO, ERNIE GARCIA IN "LIPAD, DARNA, LIPAD!" (1973) - *"Lipad, Darna, Lipad!" (1973)* *Sine Pilipino* *Release Date March 23, 1973* *Inspired by the characters created by Mars Ravelo* *Cinematography Rodolfo ...
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