KC Kordero, Founder and Editorial Director of Filipino Komiks, very kindly loaned me a large collection of komiks from the 1970′s that he recently came in possession so I could document them, as well as digitize selected artwork for preservation and upload at the online museum. Presented here are some of the covers from that collection.
The Rex Komiks cover above is illustrated by Jun Borillo, while the 2nd Rex cover below is illustrated by Elmer Esquivas, depicting Zuma, a character that he co-created with Jim Fernandez.
The two covers of Hiwaga Komiks below is done by an uncredited artist. KC thinks it might be by Nestor Malgapo. Personally, I’ve no idea as I’ve yet to see colored work from Mang Nestor. Can anyone offer some ideas?
The next two covers are from Tagalog Klasiks, illustrated by “Gonzales”. I have to confirm it, but it might be the same artist as Adrian “Ading” Gonzales because of the similarity in some of the linework. The interior art of this serial is fantastic, drawn largely and doesn’t have the “cramped” look of many Filipino comics stories of this time.
The story credited as “Isinanobela ni Vic J. Poblete” seems to indicate that it’s an adaptation. Digging more deeply, it could may well be an tagalog adaptation of “The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe”, an Italian movie depicting similar characters and settings, if not the same plot.
More features from the KC Cordero collection soon!