Blerd It Out! - The Philippine Comics Review

In this short segment previously exclusive to Patreon subscribers, host Adrian Johnson details ‘The Philippine Comics Review’. - a rare artifact of the ‘Filipino Invasion’ of American comic books in the 1970s.

In 1979, the first (and only) issue of 'The Philippine Comics Review' magazine was published by Tikbalang Publications. The editor, Ros H. Matienzo, touts in his foreword in the frontispiece of the issue: “…we are certain that when the history of Philippine comics in the 70’s is written down, this magazine will be in it, even if only as a footnote.”

It is a shame that the magazine did not proceed past the first issue as it is jam packed with insightful articles on Philippine comics history and creators, an op-ed column by Alex Toth (!), a rare interview with Alex Nino and topped by a portfolio of Nestor Redondo (who also paints the front and back covers).