It’s not often I do commissions, but I do them when I have both the time and the interest in the subject matter. And I’ve always wanted to try and draw ZUMA. I based this design on the original design by co-creator Elmer Esquivias, which made its first appearance in Rex Komiks #1 in June 1978. Co-created by writer Jim Fernandez, Zuma is one of the most popular komiks characters in Philippine comics. However, Zuma and the other characters in the story are not Filipino, but South American, specifically, Aztec.
In fact, the very first story where Zuma makes his first appearance is entitled “Dugong Aztec” (Aztec Blood)