It’s been 11 years since we last saw Angel Locsin don the red helmet-bikini combo, swallow the White Stone of the Adranika and shout “Darna!” on primetime TV. Soon, we’ll be seeing her do the same thing as she reprises her role as the crime-fighting heroine in a Star Magic film slated for release next year.
If reading those last two sentences made you sigh and remember your childhood days, then that’s just one proof that Mars Ravelo’s characters have a nostalgic effect on generations of Filipinos.
Ravelo is known as the “King of Komiks” because of all the work he did for the local comic industry. Many of us were too young to read the original comics from serial publications and magazines in the ‘50s, so the nostalgia mostly comes from seeing his name plastered above the logo titles of all the superhero teleseryes that we grew up watching. Primetime TV in the early 2000s was action-packed thanks to Vhong Navarro’s Lastikman in 2007, Richard Gutierrez’s Captain Barbell in 2006 and 2011, Marian Rivera’s Dyesebel in 2008.
Most of these characters were originally inspired by Western superheroes, but as a writer, Ravelo usually found a way to put a spin on their stories by placing them in a Filipino context to make them more relatable to readers.