Real Name: Unknown
Identity/Class: Normal human
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unknown
First Appearance: Tagalog Klasiks #324 (1961)
Powers/Abilities: Skilled acrobat and fighter.
Comments: Created by Virgilio and Nestor Redondo.
Jess Fernandez informs me that Gagamba, created by Virgilio and Nestor Redondo was first serialized in Tagalog Klasiks in 1961. A year later he appeared in the movie Bakas ng Gagamba, where he was played by Bernard Bonnin, an action star who had just finished playing another komiks character, Alyas Palos (Alias the Eel). Three sequels followed in swift succession: Palos Kontra Gagamba (1963), Ang Lihim ni Gagamba (1964) and Gagamba at si Scorpio (1969). Ang Lihim ni Gagamba by Virgilio and Nestor Redondo, serialized in Alcala Fight Komix magazine, came out in July 9, 1963, and in 1970 he was the title star of Redondo's Gagamba Komiks Magazine.
The bottom image on this page is from Reno Maniquis' excellent Capsule Zone site, and is his (gorgeous) interpretation of this character. Image used with his permission.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Gagamboy, Filipino movie hero
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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