El Indio

El Indio

Written and Illustrated by Francisco V. Coching
Pilipino Komiks, 1952-1953

EL INDIO is an adventure komiks novel which tells the story of Fernando, a handsome and dashing colored Spanish mestizo who went back to the Philippines to exact revenge on his father whom he believed abandoned him and his mother Blanquita. There, he discovered the cruel and oppressive colonial government, and joined the rebels in the fight against the oppressors as El Indio. El Indio is the sequel to Coching’s earlier series entitled Barbaro, and is one of most popular series in Philippine komiks history.

Movie Adaptation
Stars Cesar Ramirez, Nena Cardenas, Boy Alano, Tita Munoz, Tony Cayado, Myrna Delgado
Directed by Enrique Moreno
Sampaguita Pictures, 1953

El Indio - A Graphic Novel

Restored in its splendid black-and-white entirety by Gerry Alanguilan and Zara Macandili, El Indio is reissued as a full-length graphic novel in 2009 by Vibal Foundation and co-published by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute.

The book is composed of two volumes: the major and capsule reports.

  • New material including a foreword by the artist’s widow Filomena N. Coching
  • Never-before-reprinted art pages
  • An expanded character list
  • Recoloring of the original series cover art