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Dread & Alive

Myal Man

In ZOOLOOK’s Dread & Alive series, Philip McIntosh is the father of Drew McIntosh. A direct descendant of the Jamaican Maroons, Philip’s lineage traces back to the Ashanti people of the Gold Coast of Africa… present-day Ghana. A cultural anthropologist by day, Philip McIntosh is a local legend in the rural areas on the island of Jamaica. For when darkness falls, he is often called upon to perform the duties of a Myal practitioner or Myalman, to heal people and cast out bad spirits. The locals refer to him as ‘fo-yeyed’ (four-eyed).

IRIE™ | ZOOLOOK celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Dread & Alive issue #1

Release Date: February 6, 2010
Publisher: ZOOLOOK
Language: English
ISBN-10: 096562286X
ISBN-13: 978-0965622868
Copyright: © 2010 ZOOLOOK
Total Lpages: 32
Package Dimensions: 10.25 x 6.25 x 0.2 inches
Format: Comic Book
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Duppy Conqueror

Like his son, Drew, Philip McIntosh was gifted with second sight. When he came into the world, he was born with a caul over his face. A child born this way is believed by many people to have the special power to see into the spirit world. Such a child not only possesses the ability to see spirits but can also converse with them.

Philip’s gift (and curse) earned him the name, Duppy Conqueror. For Philip, benevolent and malevolent spirits, including the spirits of the dead, constantly inhabited his world.

Philip’s use of Myal focused on the connection between humans and the spirit world. But like the Obeah Man, he also operated in the same sphere of spiritual and herbal knowledge.

As a Myal Man (Medicine Man / Spiritual Healer), Philip often found himself pitted against the Obeah Man (Witchdoctor / Sorcerer), using Myalism (Akan-Ashanti origin) in opposition with Obeahism (the art of Black Magic).

He would often be called upon to cure those afflicted by the Obeah Man… ShadowCatcher!

Did You Know…

Philip McIntosh has two sons; Drew Mcintosh and Cuffee, the Akan day name for a male born on Friday. 
Cuffee, who is three years older than Drew, was born in the mountain village of Accompong to a Maroon woman name Beneba. Philip had been married to Beneba for only a year when she became pregnant with a child.

Eight months later, she went into labor where she gave birth to Cuffee but died as a result of pregnancy complications. Cuffee remained in the Cockpit Country where he grew to adulthood and ultimately became the leader of the Maroons.


Release Date: January 6, 2019
Label: ZOOLOOK / Dread & Alive Series
Copyright: 2019 ZOOLOOK
Total Length: 4:01
Total Tracks: 1
Format: Single
Genre: Dub Reggae

Crowdfund Dread & Alive

Fans can now join ZOOLOOK by supporting the Dread & Alive: Nine Night™ project with a crowdfunding contribution through the official website at the url below:

LINK | Crowdfund Dread & Alive: Nine Night

Every contribution receives a perk. ZOOLOOK has included a special set of crowdfunding packages where fans can become part of the storyline, either as an extra or an actual character. There’s even a crowdfund package for product placement in the story.

Dread & Alive: Nine Night™ is scheduled to release on Halloween, October 31, 2020. To stay up to date on the latest developments and key events regarding the Dread & Alive series, fans and newcomers to the series can sign up for the DREAD ALERT at the URL below:

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