Bert Sarile and Polly Rallanca’s BAROK is one of the most popular comics characters here in the Philippines. He’s appeared for several years in Hiwaga Komiks in the early 70′s and it was subsequently made into several movies.
The above strip comes from Hiwaga Komiks #590, December 12, 1973. The strip below, which appeared in Hiwaga Komiks #626, was placed as the back cover and was colored as a result.
I found this site which archived an article from The Observer in 1982, which has fairly interesting insight into the lives and accomplishments of several Filipino cartoonists including Bert Sarile, Larry Alcala, Al Magat and Nonoy Marcelo. Here’s an excerpt from Bert Sarile’s segment:
““Sabi Barok, huwag tutok,” reads a sign at the tail end of not a few jeepneys, warning other vehicles not to jut their bumpers too close for comfort. With that as an apt slogan for the kings of the road, along with similarly infantile, almost gibberish baby talk, Barok, the stone-age cartoon character and the Pinoy counterpart of the Flintstones, has permeated bakya consciousness.
Born in 1975 or 1976 (cartoonist Bert R. Sarile does not remember exactly when), Barok, perhaps the current replacement to the postwar Bondying who’d fed on the masa predilection for mentally retarded adults, was conceived to mirror Filipino foibles in a primitive-age setting.
Sarili says it all started when a cartoonist friend, Rolly Rallanca, was given a regular komiks page. Sarile first thought up of the ethnic background, then created the characters headed by Barok. The collaborators considered the concept novel because no local cartoon as yet had used the stone-age setting. Seven years following Barok’s birth and after three movies and an uninterrupted weekly appearance in Hiwaga Komiks, the cartoon is still a joint effort: Rallanca on the script and Sarile in charge of the artwork.
For Sarile, it was Barok that etched his career to commercial prominence. After its initial appearance, he was asked to whip up other cartoon characters. He quickly obliged with such digestibles as Max ‘n Jess, Boogie, Superkidlat, Tartan, Ping and Pong, Dr. Spungklong, and the latest addition, King Koy.”
For the entire article, go here or to the link below.
The Zany World of Comic Strips and Cartoonists
The Observer, August 8, 1982
Recently, 3D Artist Ronnie Sapinoso created several renderings of Barok in 3D which you find at his Multiply site.
Feature on Barok Movies at Video 48
Incidentally, Barok is one of the few komiks series that have been collected into book form. A relatively inexpensive (P35) collection of Barok strips were published by Pacyno Publishing a few years ago and was distributed at National Book Store. I’m not sure if it’s still available though.