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Friday 30 August 2013

Kiran Comics-Laurel & Hardy No.78

Presenting another cover from Kiran Comics Publications. This time its Laurel & Hardy No.78

Saturday 24 August 2013

Star Comics-Superman Vol.2 No.3

Presenting another epic cover from Star Comics featuring Superman and the Microwave -Man!!

Monday 19 August 2013

Chandamama-November 1972

And So They Followed! Presenting another captivating Chandamama cover.This time depicting the iconic scene from Robert Brownings 'The Pied Piper Of Hamelin'. While most images which I have glimpsed of this scene capture the piper as an young man, here the piper is depicted almost like an old witch,which is unique in a way.

The rear cover features an animal called Mormoset.Looks like its a hybrid of a monkey and a lion.Hence aptly nicknamed the Golden Lion Mormoset. Never heard of this before.I guess it just highlights the knowledge & educational value that magazines like Chandamama brought to Indian households during a period devoid of Cable Television and the Internet

Sunday 18 August 2013

Spectrum Comics-Modesty Blaise-The Prophets Of Doom

Presenting A suave Modestly Blaise cover from Spectrum Comics.Published in January 1986, this is issue No.6. This is also the first Modesty Blaise post in this blog.

Friday 16 August 2013

Madhu Muskaan No.35

Presenting another rare gem from yesteryear's, Madhu Muskaan. This is the first time that a Madhu Muskaan cover has been posted on this blog and this is Issue No.35 from the early 80's.The publishers had a weird way of chronicling the issues wherein only the date & month of publication was mentioned and not the year.The date on this comic is 1 December -15 December, indicating its fortnightly avatar.

To be honest with you guys,I had read just one Madhu Muskaan during my childhood which I stumbled upon in an old bookshop.Since then, I had been scouring and hoping to find more English copies but it was not until recently that I could find some. 

What drove me to post this particular comic cover was the cover itself! Onions,Onions, precious onions! With the prices of onions jetscellerating to stratopheric levels of Rs.80 just a couple of days back in many parts of the country, cant help but wonder whether this cover art was created today or in the early 1980's. Guess it reflects the volatile nature of onion as a commodity and how intensely important onion prices are, to everyday life in India.

Tuesday 21 May 2013

Tinkle No.22

Presenting Tinkle No.22 cover published in September,1982

Saturday 27 April 2013

Tinkle No.21

Presenting a Tinkle comic cover after a gap of almost two years on this blog.I have already posted the first 20 Tinkle covers and this is issue No.21 published in August,1982.

Old Tinkle covers have got to be my all time favorite covers,mainly because one never knew what to expect in the next issue.Although they had their roster of characters like Tantri the Mantri,Suppandi,Shikari Shambu.etc, there were still many unique folktales and Reader contributed stories each week.Infact,I think Tinkle pioneered the concept of user generated content in India, decades before the advent of the Internet.Anyways, unique blend of stories and folktales each week meant that the cover was gonna be unique each week as well, with new set of characters and colors each week to quench the visual cravings of a die hard fan.

Although a big fan of Tinkle covers from the 1980's & 1990's,I somehow feel that the current Tinkle covers do not possess the same charm as their predecessors. Maybe it is because of the glossy finish as opposed to the matte finish of the earlier covers.Maybe its because some of the legendary illustrators of yesteryear are no longer with Tinkle or maybe its just pure unadulterated nostalgia which adds to the charm of old Tinkle covers!
What do you think guys?

Rani Comics-James Bond-Dr.No

Presenting Rani Comics cover No.19 from April,1985. This comic features the breath taking adventure of James Bond involving the enigmatic villain,Dr.No. Incidentally although 'Casino Royale' was the first Novel to feature James Bond,Dr.No was the first novel to be made into a movie thereby becoming the first movie of the ever successful James Bond franchise.

The rear cover is interesting and features an advertisement for a toothpaste names 'Effermint'. Anyone remember having used it?

Sunday 14 April 2013

Spectrum Comics-The Amazing Spiderman-The Absconding Outlaw

Presenting another rare spectrum comic cover.This time, it is the Amazing Spider-man.This is Spectrum Issue No.15 and was published in March 1986.

Thursday 21 March 2013

Falcon Comics-Beetle Bailey No.?

Presenting a rare Beetle Bailey comic after a long time. Published by Falcon comics,this issue came out in 1983. Earlier I had uploaded the cover image of Issue No.5 in this series. Intriguingly, this issue does not have a number either on the cover or inside on any of the pages.Does this mean,this was the first Issue of the Beetle Bailey series? What do you think people?

Saturday 16 March 2013

Amar Chitra Katha-Echchama The Brave-No.265

Presenting another rare ACK cover published on 1st July,1982.The story itself is intriguing and depicts the power struggle for the throne of the Vijayanagar empire between Srirangaraya and Jaggaraya. The role played by Echchama, one of Srirangaraya's loyal commanders forms the essence of this story.

In many ways,this story reminded me of the US Television series,'Game Of Thrones'.

Thursday 14 March 2013

Hungama-Vol.2 No.3-August 1998

Presenting another rare to see and a lively comic cover, this time from Hungama. As mentioned in one of the earlier posts,Hungama was based out of Kodambakkam  in Chennai.The content and the format of this book were heavily inspired from that of the more illustrious,Tinkle.

It really exhilarates me when I stumble upon such rarely known or short lived publications like Hungama, Spectrum, AFI,Sun,Space Age Comics.etc for two reasons.First,these are rare and not often does one stumble upon them.Second,is the contribution that they provide towards the ever increasing knowledge about the history of Indian comic publications.

Do you know of any rare or short lived Indian publications? If so, do share your knowledge of them.

Sunday 10 March 2013

Chandamama-August 1991

Presenting another breathtaking cover from Chandamama.This time from August 1991. From my perspective,I am equally fascinated by the covers of comics,as much as the stories inside them.Two of my all time favorite comics with the most fascinating covers have to be early Tinkle and Chandamama issues.However,I feel the magic is missing in the covers of most publications these days,including that of above mentioned ones .What do you think?

Also,What is your favorite Indian comic with the best cover illustrations?

The rear cover carries a memorable advertisement from the 90's.Apart from being one of my favorite chocolates during my childhood,my attention is drawn towards the bunny teeth which was given free with with a pack of these cookies.These bunny teeth were a craze during my school days in the early 90's, with them being used to play ligh hearted pranks and a regular feature in fancy dress competitions and stage plays.Truly,such advertisements are priceless windows to the past.

Saturday 23 February 2013

Chandamama Book Shelf-Legendary Hero Zorro

Presenting another rare comic cover. Likie Dolton Comics,Book Shelf was another offshoot from the Chandamama stable.While Dolton Comics focussed on Superheroes,Book Shelf focussed on world famous classic stories and fairy tales.This is Walt Disneys Legendary Hero,Zorro published way back on 11th,August 1983.


Tuesday 19 February 2013

Dolton Comics-Superman & Batman Vol.1 No.3

Presenting another rare comic cover,this time from Dolton.I have always been captivated by the Dolton covers where one gets to see different superheroes on the same cover.AT Vol.1 No.3,this is one of their earliest covers published on 1st, June 1982.

The rear cover features the now legendary BSA SLR advertisement featuring the 'Haryana Hurricane',Kapil Dev.


Monday 11 February 2013

Chandamama-September 1972

Presenting another rare Chandamama. This one captures an intriguing scene from the classic,Oliver Twist written by Charles Dickens.

This issue is missing its rear cover.


Wednesday 6 February 2013

Spectrum Comics-The Heart Of Juliet Jones-Return Of The Muses

Presenting another rare comic cover from Spectrum comics published in January 1986.The story is based on ,'The Heart of Juliet Jones'. I have not heard of this comic series before. There is some information on the Wikipedia link below. Visitors to this blog can feel free to share more information on this comic series.

Tuesday 8 January 2013

Sun Comics-Axa Comic India-Vol.1 No.5

Presenting another rare Axa comic published  by Sun Comics in India.

Friday 4 January 2013

Gospel Literature Service-The Cross & The SwitchBlade

Presenting another rare comic published in India by Gospel Literature Service,Mumbai. Once again, the date of publication is not present on the comic. This comic was originally published by Spire Christian Comics in 1972. More information about the international edition of this comic can be found on the following links.


Wednesday 2 January 2013

Chellsons Classic Comics-MAM'SELLE X Joins The Gypsies

Presenting another rare comic published in Sivakasi, Tamilnadu by Chellsons Classic Comics. I do not have much knowledge about this publishing house and any information regarding this will be greatly appreciated. The comic does not have a publication date.The only information available on the book is that this story was published under license from June Picture Library, UK.

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