DEVIL CAR: Maybe my best ride.
DEVIL CAR: Maybe My Best Ride.
The very first comics novel of mine that went into print was entitled: “Shoot to Kill.” That came out in 1976 in Espesyal Komiks, an ATLAS publication. And my first novel that really made it big in readership wise was “Shanghai Joe”, published in 1977 in Tagalog Klasiks, also at ATLAS. In fact the serial was so popularthat it even became my first work that brought by a movie production and brought to the big screen. Devil car (or DC for brevity), on the other hand, came out in GASI (Graphic Arts Services, Inc.) only in 1982, so clearly it wasn’t this novel that got my motor running in the comics field, or was it my first successful project. So I guess the only reason why I’m readily identified with this titleis because it must have been the most read, the most anticipated, and ultimately- the most appreciated of all my works. After all, it ran weekly for more than three years, won the KOMOPEB (Komiks Operation brotherhood) Award in 1985 for “Best Novel Fantasy” (horror entries fell in this category), and it even had a sequel “Devil Car, The Return” in 1988.