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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.
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