|Created by||Jim Fernandez (character & story) |
Ben Maniclang (iilustration)
|Notable aliases||King of the Snakes|
Zuma is a Filipino comic book character created by Jim Fernandez in 1974. The character first appeared in a serial by Fernandez entitled Aztec. 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. The series ran in syndication until 1985. The comics series was the biggest best seller for Aliwan. 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
There have only been two Philippine Zuma movies to date, Zuma (1985) and Anak ni Zuma (1988), 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.
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