Captain Barbell

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Captain Barbell
Original Captain Barbell.jpg
Publication information
First appearance Pinoy Komiks #5 (1963)
Created by Mars Ravelo
Team affiliations Darna, Lastikman, Dyesebel
Notable aliases Enteng, Teng-Teng, Teng
Abilities super-strength, super-speed, vision powers, near invulnerable armor, flight

Captain Barbell is a fictional Filipino superhero created by Mars Ravelo. He first appeared in Pinoy Komiks #5 (1963).


Character history

The original version of Captain Barbell depicted him as shirtless because during the more whimsical comics age in the Philippines that occurred in the 1960s, (Silver Age), Mars Ravelo based the good Captain's look on circus strongmen, but with the addition of a mask. Since the original Enteng's look was a really thin guy in a tank top (emphasizing his bony features), it was decided that Captain Barbell's "shirtless circus strongman" look could provide a much more dramatic contrast to his mortal persona. Recent comics depicted him wearing a long-sleeved yellow shirt instead of being shirtless.

In other media

  • Early film versions of Captain Barbell made several excursions onto the big screen. Bob Soler apparently was the first to portray the Captain. Then, according to 'Bembot', Dolphy also starred the role in another Captain Barbell movie in the early sixties, filmed in black-and-white. His alter ego was called Ting-ting because he was so thin. Ting-ting is the rib of a coconut leaf which is used to make brooms.
  • Bong Revilla played the title character in the 2003 film Captain Barbell, making him the first actor to have played both Barbell and Panday. In the movie, the alter-ego of Capt. Barbell is named Enteng (played by Ogie Alcasid).
  • Richard Gutierrez portrayed a different, modern version of Captain Barbell (whose human identity is Teng), in the 2006 TV series Captain Barbell. It is the first series in which both the alter ego and the superhero are both portrayed by the same actor, making Richard the 2nd. actor to do so after comedy king Dolphy.

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