MGM Pictures comissioned ACE Publications in the
Philippines to come up with a preview/ adaptation of
their hit blockbuster QUO
VADIS, starring Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr and Peter
Ustinov. The film was set to be shown in the country
later that year. Ace Publications, publisher of
early Philippine comic books like Pilipino Komiks,
Tagalog Klasiks, and Hiwaga, comissioned hot young
artist Nestor Redondo, fresh from illustrating Mars
Ravelo's hit Darna, to draw the 16 page
Written by Clodualdo Del Mundo, Quo Vadis was serialized in Tagalog Klasiks #91 and 92. The results were so spectacular that MGM, impressed by Redondo's talent, sought to hire him on the spot and fly him to the United States. Redondo declined, thinking he was too young to make the move.
Of the 16 original pages that Redondo created, only the last 8 are accounted for, pages that were published in Tagalog Klasiks #92. The pages reproduced here are scans made from first generation photocopies of those originals, and they comprise all 8 pages of part 2 of the adaptation.
I'm currently working to get scans of the originals themselves, which I will upload here once I have the opportunity.