Barok is considered as one of the most popular komiks characters in the Philippines created by Filipino cartoonist Bert Sarile and Filipino comic book script writer Polly Rallanca in 1973. A stone-age Philippine comic book character, Barok was described by Sarile as a lead character and one of the equivalents in the Philppine comic book industry of the American cartoon characters in The Flintstones. Barok was illustrated in komiks by Sarile as a “pre-historic caveman” who carried a “large club”.
Comic book version
Barok was featured weekly in the pages of Hiwaga Komiks. Conceived by Sarile and Rallanca as a character of ethnic background that mirrored the “Filipino foibles in a primitive-age setting”, Barok was the more contemporary substitute to Bondying, a postwar Filipino comic book character. Barok was the first character in the Philippines that was created within a stone-age setting.
Later on, Barok had been featured in three Philippine movies. A 1979 version of the film starred Filipino actor and comedian Chiquito as Barok. The 1976 film is an official entry of the 1976 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Barok was one of the few Filipino comic book series or comic strips that was compiled and published in book format. The 130-page, digest size, and black-and-white book version of Barok was published in 2004 by Pacyno Publishing, Co, Inc. and was distributed by National Book Store.
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