Friday, January 31, 2014


Written by Zoila and illustrated by Carlos A. Divinagracia, Horse-Man ran in Super Action Komiks (published by Atlas Publishing Co., Inc.) for 53 chapters, starting from issue #132 (February 23, 1988)  to #190 (April 4, 1989).

The titular Horse-Man was a centaur who led a peaceful existence among the virgin forests of remote pacific island Isla Verde.

But the Horse-Man's idyllic paradise is disrupted by the arrival of a film crew on a location shoot.  Fascinated by these strange two-legged creatures who are similar to him and yet aren't, the centaur observes the humans from a distance.  But it isn't long before he gives himself away.

As it happens, the film's lead actors, Chris De Mesa and Gilda Castillo, are romantically involved, much to the jealousy of co-star Rez De Leon.  During a break in filming, Chris decides to go hunting in the forest.  Rez takes this opportunity to literally stab Chris in the back and dump the mortally-wounded actor in the river.

The Horse-Man rescues Chris from the river and tries to nurse him back to health.  Later, Chris asks the centaur to take him back to their camp.  Unfortunately, Chris dies from his injuries on their way there.

When the Horse-Man is sighted running off with Chris' body, Rez is quick to accuse him of killing the actor.  Gilda, however, has her doubts, noting that the centaur's careful manner in carrying Chris were not the actions of a killer.

Some time later, Gilda returns to the island to retrieve Chris' body and seek out the Horse-Man.  To find out the truth behind Chris' death, Gilda teaches the Horse-Man human speech (he initially could only communicate by making horse-sounds) and gives him the name Sentauro.

As Sentauro spends more time with Gilda, he finds himself becoming attracted to the beautiful actress.  But Gilda explains to him that she only loves him as a friend and her heart still belongs to the deceased Chris.

Through Sentauro, Gilda determines that it was indeed Rez who killed Chris.  But this revelation opens up another dilemma: how do you convict a murderer when the only eyewitness to the crime isn't human?


1 comment:

  1. Hi would you know of a comic strip that appeared circa late 70s and 80s in either Kislap Magazine or True Romance. It is about a severed hand that has a mind of its own out to avenge something.

    Another would be a beautiful woman who has three heads. The left head is devious and scheming and the right one is righteous. I am positive both were illustrated by the same illustrator. And positive that whoever was a popular illustrator at that time this would be him. Hope you can help me. I'd like to read about it on your blog as I read the comics when I was a kid. Thanks.