Thursday, April 5, 2018

Ambili Amavan

Ambili Amavan

     "Ambili amavan" the malayalam Version of Chandamama was such a Popular magazine during my School days. The stories of Ramayan, hanuman and especially The Vikram and Vetala stories made a Deep impression on my Mind. The Most beautiful art of Shankar and Chithra was out standing.The illustration of  King Vikram and vetala is iconic. Raza and Vapa were also exceptional artists of Chandamama.

              Though it is very easy to get the English Chandamama it was really very hard to get the Malayalam version. So was very happy to get issues from 1973 to 1975.    












Sunday, April 1, 2018

Mother India

     A lovely Vintage Magazine edited by Baburao Patel. It was originally Titled as "Film India". Later on became known as "Mother India". Film India was one of the Earliest Indian Film magazines which started in the 1930s. It wound up by 1985.













Monday, March 26, 2018

Regal Phantom........

After Vidyarthi Mithram Comics, the most popular were the Regal issues of Phantom and Mandrake. Published in early 1990s, these were much larger in size than the VM version. Both were published from Kottayam, headquarters of Malayalam comics.
           The cover art of Phantom in this issue is quite unique. I have not come across any cover art showing the Phantom half naked. Regal comics are famous for their gorgeous cover art.....



Monday, March 19, 2018

VM Phantom & Superman.......

              This Vidyarthi Mithram publication is unique due to its cover featuring both Phantom and Superman. One would think it is a unique Crossover till you look at the panels and then you see that it is indeed a Phantom Story( IJC # 329:The Phantom, The superman). The panels are much smaller than the Indrajal version and double the number of panels are used in each page in this VM. After the decline in popularity of the VM Tarzans by late 1970s, Many issues of Phantom and Mandrake Vidyarthi Mithrams was published with this one's cover being the most Striking.......




Monday, March 5, 2018

Phantom Weds Diana; VM Phantom......

           Vidyarthi Mithram Phantom: My favourite Indrajal issue was "Phantom Weds". The same story was published by VM in this issue. Interior art is in mono color. Phantom meeting Mandrake and Lothor on his wedding day is the highlight of course.......




Tuesday, February 20, 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.






















Enjoy Reading The Tarzan Strips by clicking on the Links Below.......

Tarzan Apornas Son #14: The Jungle girl and the witch doctor. Daily Strips......
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PPS_Zs3A1qrem74kdUaboa4Y2v8xPQu1/view?usp=sharing

"Tarzan Apornas Son"  #3 The Secret of the Silver Vase.DailyStrips.......
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Pvy4p1rVcqj_fyWarKGIePjrDKl2ntIL/view?usp=sharing

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.......