Zuma (comics)

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Publication information
PublisherAliwan Comics
First appearance1974
Created byJim Fernandez (character & story)
Ben Maniclang (iilustration)
In-story information
Notable aliasesKing of the Snakes
  • Ability to command snakes
  • Giant snakes on his shoulders with powerful bite
  • Bullet-proof

Zuma is a Filipino comic book character created by Jim Fernandez in 1974.[1] The character first appeared in a serial by Fernandez entitled Aztec.[2] Zuma later got his own series in 1976 named Anak ni Zuma that was serialized in Aliwan Komiks published by Graphics Arts Service Inc. with illustration by Ben Maniclang.[3] The series ran in syndication until 1985.[4] The comics series was the biggest best seller for Aliwan.[5] It spawned a spin-off prequel Angkan ni Zuma, chronicling Zuma's adventures in ancient times. Zuma-Maria was a science-fiction tale about Zuma's future descendant.

Zuma's most prominent physical trait are two large snakes that protrude from his shoulders. As told in the comics, he is a demigod and the son of the Aztec serpent god Kukulkan ("Plumed Serpent" or "Feathered Serpent"). He had been entombed in a buried Aztec pyramid until unearthed by an archaeological expedition team. Unleashed into the modern world, Zuma goes on a murderous rampage, preying particularly on virgin women, the hearts of whom he would rip out and consume.

In the mid-1990s, Zuma was revived in a short-lived comic book series, Zuma Komiks ("Zuma Comics").

In other media[edit]


There have only been two Philippine Zuma movies to date, Zuma (1985) and Anak ni Zuma (1988),[6] both starring actor Max Laurel in the title role. Snooky Serna played Galema, Zuma's daughter, only in the first film; the role was played in the sequel by a lesser-known actress named Jenny Lyn. Max Laurel appeared in other films only as a character actor.


Zuma also appeared in the 2013 series Galema: Anak ni Zuma.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Creating Comic Books 101". Manila Workshops. 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  2. ^ "Zuma". www.internationalhero.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  3. ^ Panganiban, Aris B. (2010-12-24). "Pinoy Superheroes Universe: How ZUMA Saved Christmas". Pinoy Superheroes Universe. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  4. ^ Roxas, Cynthia; Arevalo, Joaquin; Marcelino, Ramon R (1985). A history of komiks of the Philippines and other countries. Quezon City: Islas Filipinas Pub. Co. OCLC 559852094.
  5. ^ Lent, John A. (2014-01-17). Southeast Asian Cartoon Art: History, Trends and Problems. McFarland. p. 52. ISBN 9780786475575.
  6. ^ "Anak ni Zuma (1987)". IMDb. Retrieved 30 June 2017.

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