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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Spectrum Comics- The Amazing Spiderman-The Deadly Mission

Presenting another rare comic cover from the Spectrum Stable. Published in September 1986, this is Issue No.23. 

This issue features an exciting story involving the 'FoolKiller' as the primary villain. For those who are not familiar with the 'FoolKiller', Wikipedia has a detailed entry about him (

As for the story itself, it originally appeared in the Amazing Spiderman issue No.225 which was published by the Marvel Comics Group in February 1982.A detailed review of this story can further be found on this link (

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Madhu Muskaan No.23

Presenting a rare satirical cover of Madu Muskaan. The expression on the cow is priceless! 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Star Comics - Album- Amazing 3D

Presenting a very rarely seen comic cover. This one is a 3D comic published by Star Comics, who were one of the pioneers of introducing 3D comics in India. This book does not have a publishing date but it can be safely guessed that it was  published sometime in the mid 1980's

Friday, 17 October 2014

A Tinkle Collection No.3 - Indian Folk Tales

Presenting another rare and hard to find Tinkle cover. This is the original collected edition of Indian Folk Tales from 1983.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Star Comics-Amitabh Bachchan Supremo Comic Vol.1No.8

Presenting another rare Supremo comic cover from the days of yore. This one is Vol.1 No.8, titled 'The Lost Idol'

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Chitra Rath Comics - Serach Light on Statue Thieves

Presenting a rare cover of a lesser know comic publishing house called as 'Chitra Rath Comics'. The story is centered around a gang of thieves who steal antiques from Indian museums and sell them to foreign dealers.The protagonist is a young journalist/science researcher called Damal who after badly injuring his right hand in an accident makes use of a prosthetic steel claw which he develops in his own research lab.One day when he wears the steel claw he feels an electric shock which renders his invisible with only the claw being visible. Thus begins the story of a vigilante who fights the criminals using the special powers bestowed upon him by the steel claw.

Not much is known of the publishers or the publishing history of Chitra Rath comics.Details present in this comic indicate that the comic was published out of Kolkata sometime in 1988.This is Vol.1.No.2.

If you have anymore information regarding this comic series, please feel free to share.

AFI Series -Private Detective RIP Kirby-Case Of The Card Sharper Who Dealt To Lose

Presenting another rare comic cover.This one was published by Mumbai based AFI comics in the early 1970's. This is issue No.102

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Chandamama-January 1976

All old Chandamama covers are magically captivating and this one from January 1976 is no exception. The scene on this cover depicts the gallant march of the Greek soldiers during the Trojan war.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Sun Comics-Axa Comic India-Vol.1 No.8

Presenting another rare Axa comic published  by Sun Comics in India. This issue is titled 'The Earthbound' and was published in March, 1983

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Keep Busy Comics - Dovey - Adventures of Dovey

Presenting another interesting cover from a rare Indian Publication. This time it is Keep Busy Comics. This particular comic was their first ever issue and was released to coincide with the 1987 Reliance Cricket World Cup which  was held in India and Pakistan.

A Teaser for a subsequent issue

The storyline itself is pretty simple and features a Peace loving Dove called as Dovey as the central character. Dovey resides in the clouds and appears on Earth from time to time to vanquish hatred from the hearts of the people and spread Peace among them. In this story, Dovey plays guardian angel to a kid named Anik, who is targeted by an evil hawk named Chonchi, the arch enemy of Dovey!

Dovey also has special interest in Cricket and it is reflected in the comic Logo, which states 'Cricket for Peace'. This comic was published in May 1987

Rani Comics - Phantom - Ragasiya Poilice 000

Presenting the cover of the landmark  issue, which marked the first ever appearance of The Phantom in Rani comics. This was Rani comic No.141 and was published during the summer of 1990 (Month of May to be exact!). The comic is titled 'Ragasiya Police 000', which literally translates as 'Secret Police 000' in English

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Gems Bond Adventure Series- Gems Bond & The Roller Coaster Of Doom

Presenting another rare Indian comic cover from yesteryear. This time its Gems Bond, an unpretentious inspiration from the more famous James Bond created by Ian Fleming. Cadburys India have always been innovative in their quest for making the colorful sugar coated chocolate pebbles more appealing to the kids of this country. We all know of the Pandas that come along free in Ball shaped Gems Containers now,  but the Kids of the 90's had a Gala time reaping the promotional freebies which used to accompany a pack of Gems as well. From Stickers, Frisbees and Rocket Shaped Boxes, there was always something new that came home with Gems. Infact, the Rocket Shaped boxes were so popular at one time that kids started taking them to school using them as Pencil boxes and not surprisingly, the kid who had one was the envy of the rest of the class!

Gems Bond came in a long line of marketing themes and campaigns which were created for the brand from the late 80's to mid 90's. It primarily revolved around Television Commercials which comprised of an animated clip featuring the Character 'Gems Bond' who saves the day by using the power which he seemingly derives by popping in the gems candy, with each colored pebble giving him a particular power (The powers which correspond to each color can be seen on the rear cover of the comic presented here). Recently, I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon these commercials on Youtube, the links to which are presented below.





The following image is a Gems Bond Advertisement from the late 1980's which I found in an issue of LM Comics Disney Today

For a long time, I was under the impression that the TVC's and print advertisements were the only marketing tools which were used around the 'Gems Bond' theme. Hence once gain, it was a  pleasant surprise when I came across a Gems Bond comic few years back in a second hand book shop. Although the covers are damaged, I am happy presenting this rare gem on this blog!

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