Created by Carlo J. Caparas, Panday is the story of a metalsmith named FLAVIO, who belongs to the community of Sto. Sepulcro. Originally a comic book, Panday follows the adventures of Flavio after he forges a dagger and a churchbell from the remains of a meteor that crashes into the desert of the town. He uses this same dagger to fight off the SOMBRA OSCURA, the minions of evil, who constantly attack the town. By some mystical power, the dagger of Panday transforms into a great sword every time he weilds it in defense of the people of Sto. Sepulcro.
In his final battle against evil, Panday faces off against LIZARDO, the Son of the Devil and leader of the Sombras. The battle is intense, but, in the end, Panday is able to vanquish his mortal foe.
In 1980, the comic story was adapted to the big screen. Legendary actor, Fernando Poe Jr. starred as Flavio, and Max Alvarado was the infamous Lizardo. Three more installments to the Ang Panday movie production were made throughout the 80's: Ang Panday Ang Pagbabalik, Ang Panday: Ikatlong Yugto, and Panday Ikaapat na Aklat. Each of them solidifying FPJ's status as the Panday, defender of the masa.