Sunday, February 18, 2018

Phantom: The vampires and the Witch......

Phantom: The vampires and the Witch: A novel Published in 1986 by Regal Publications.They published around 10 of these Titles.Striking covers are the Hallmark of Regal publishers. Their  comics also had very attractive and striking covers.Got this copy from the Sunday market here in calicut.......


Monday, February 5, 2018

Sun Comics Vikram

Sun Comics Vikram: The missing Scientist......
     A title I was searching for a long time. Absolutely stunning cover too. Test is by Jagjit Uppal and Art by Pradeep Sathe......

                                                      

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tarzan, Apornas Son

Tarzan, Apornas Son 

                                    
Of All the Super heroes Tarzan is one of my Favourite due to various Reasons.
He is Down to earth character who does not have any Super Human powers or weapons to aid him in his fight against Evil. The Jungle lord is Still as Mysterious as Phantom, Ghost who walks who also spends a majority of his time in the Jungle, indeed Both live in the Jungle. 
     The art in the Tarzan comics was embellished by such greats as Burne Hogarth,Russ Manning,Joe Kubert and John Celerdo to name a few.  I was enthralled as a Kid by the Art of John Celerdo who was the artist in all “Tarzan, Apornas Son” series published by Vidyarthi Mithram, a publishing house in Kottayam, Kerala. 
     "Apornas Son" or son of an ape is an issue originally published from Finland. This issue has certain oddities. In the first few issues Indian Pricing is not evident. The word " Pris" is noted instead of Rs which was printed after the 10 issue. Another oddity was the Famous VM emblem was inprinted only after the 10 issue.
Many has asked me about another oddity. In sharp contrast with other Indian comics the later issues of Tarzan Apornas are more rarer and hard to find. The reason could be by the late 1970s there was more interest in the issues of Phantom and Mandrake which VM has started publishing.So this limited print run was the major cause of the rarity of the later VM Tarzan issues.

 But for all the faults these VM Tarzan are now highly collectible. One glaring defect in the inner art of these Panels done by Celerdo is that One Pane will have outstanding art and the very next Panel quite mediocre one giving one a strong suspicion that another filled in for Celerdo in the daily panels.At the same time I found consistent Great art in some Titles Notably “Rebels from Christonia” , “The Jungle Girl and the witch Doctor “ , “The Mad professor” The Masked Avenger”, “The Sunken City, “The bait” etc. The series Started in 1974 and Published nearly 40 Titles.










Monday, December 18, 2017

Malayalam Indrajals........

Got a bundle of Malayalam Indrajals today. Real happy because I am getting Bahadur issues for the first time.......




Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Three Investigators .........

Alfred Hitchcock presents:The Three Investigators ; My childhood was
dominated by this issues and works
By Enid Blyton and Willard Price.
          But I loved the adventure, excitement and detective action by the trio Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews.Of course the great
Alfred Hitchcock makes guest appearances too in these novels. I have quite a few titles from these vintage works.......

Monday, November 13, 2017

Phantom poster......

A special poster from Frew"s
1000th issue,an annual. This
Was given by a dear friend.....

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Indrajal Ad of 1968......

An Indrajal Trivia, in reality a Piece Of Indrajal History really with an Ad from 1968 from an Indrajal comic (#71) Informing about an Industrial strike which has caused delay of this particular issue. I remember that another Industrial strike caused the abandonment of Two issues: 123 and 124 If I am right in 1970......