Zuma is a Filipino comic book character created by Jim Fernandez that has a two headed snake (one head on both ends) that rests on his shoulders. As told in the Comics, Zuma was a demigod, and the son of the Aztec serpent god Kukulkan ("Plumed Serpent", "Feathered Serpent"). He had been entombed in a buried Aztec pyramid until he was unearthed by an archaeological expedition team. Unleashed into the modern world, Zuma went on a murderous rampage.
Zuma first appeared in the comic series Aztec. The character reached the peak of his popularity in the 1980s with the series Anak ni Zuma (Child of Zuma or Children of Zuma) in Aliwan Komiks. It spawned a spin-off prequel Angkan ni Zuma (Clan of Zuma), chronicling Zuma's adventures in ancient times. Zuma-Maria was a science-fiction tale about his future descendant. In the mid-1990s, Zuma was revived in a short-lived comic book series all his own, Zuma Komiks (Zuma Comics).
There have only been two Philippine Zuma movies to date, Zuma and Anak ni Zuma, both starring actor Max Laurel in the title role. Snooky Serna played Galema, Zuma's daughter, in the first film only; the role was played in the sequel by a lesser-known actress named Jenny Lyn. Max Laurel appeared in other films, but primarily as a character actor.
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