"Godfather, this is MY comic!"Chanoc
is a fictional Mexican hero who starred in his own series of comic books and movies.
Created in the 1960s, he was originally a Tarzan rip-off, but his series soon veered into
more modern adventures and then into absurdist comedy, which is what they became best known for.
Chanoc (this name, and other unusual names in the series, comes from Mexican Indian dialects) was a young man who grew up in the Mexican jungles and could kill even Jaguars. Eventually however he was found by a kooky old man named Tsekub who claimed that he was Chanoc's "godfather" (a claim Chanoc himself didn't fully believe) and who brought Chanoc with him back to civilization. Civilization, in this case, being the fishing village of Ixtac, where Chanoc settled down to live as a fisherman... but could not help running into crime and adventures all the time: maneating sharks or jaguars, smugglers, and such.
As time passed however, the focus came to be more on Tsekub and the rest of the quirky populace of Ixtac. These included: Pegleg, a one-legged man who was Tsekub's best friend/rival; a pair of bumbling tribesmen who wanted to eat Tsekub (and only him!); a pair of really fat women who wanted to, err, have their way with the old man as well; a Witch Doctor
(complete with African-style mask that hid nearly his entire body) who crazy magics caused a lot of bizarre stuff; and several more. The stories also became more and more incredible, to the point that once a *robot* joined the cast!
The series was also noted for its many sport-based adventures, including Baseball, Football and Soccer; the Ixtac gang never failed to win at whatever they tried.
Chanoc and company became very popular, and the character even starred in a couple of movies, including a crossover with another popular Mexican hero, El Santo
Tropes in the Chanoc comics and movies:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Tsekub lusted after young women, while two really obese women lusted after him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Anclitas ("little anchors" in Spanish, a reference to his insignias) was the chief of the local Coast Guard, which doubled as the police in Ixtac.
- Badass Grandpa: Tsekub, who was so old and skinny they called him "The Aztec Mummy" but could fight and play as well as Chanoc!
- Baseball Episode: And others sports too.
- Bilingual Bonus: Chanoc, Tsekub and Ixtac.
- City of Adventure: Ixtac, despite appearances.
- Captain Ersatz: For Tarzan, but only at first.
- Decoy Protagonist: "Chanoc" may have been in the title, but in most adventures he was more like Tsekub's sidekick.
- Feral Child: Chanoc, but he became thoroughly civilized.
- Get Rich Quick Scheme: an usual cause of Tsekub's problems.
- Uri Geller: The famous (fake) psychic was featured in a story where Tsekub gained a Third Eye and became corrupted by its powers, ending in a psychic duel with Geller.
- Weirdness Magnet: Chanoc, Tsekub... probably the entire cast.