Monday, May 8, 2017

Kashthuri Chithra katha

Kashthuri Chithra katha

      Kasthuri Chithra Katha was a Prolific Publication which issued more than 275 issues.These were published from the late Eighties to the Mid Nineties.......






Poonthoppu Chithra katha

Poonthoppu Chithra katha

A real colorful Issue titled "Rani of Vaikundapuram" by Poonthoppu Chithra Katha.
This was published by Sakhi Publication......

Modesty Blaise and JamesBond

Modesty Blaise and JamesBond

 Two Rare Regal comics Featuring Modesty  Blaise and James Bond. A number of titles 
favouring Phantom and Mandrake was published by Regal Publication, But very few 
featuring these Two.......



Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bahadur and Abid Surti

Bahadur and Abid Surti



           1970s....... It evokes such memories embedded in a Kid's Heart and mind.Born and brought up in a Small town in North kerala,Where when it rains it rains in Buckets and Springs brings all that is colorful and beautiful to the fore. The decade of hippism, Bell Bottom pants,  Amitabh Bachan Hair cut,Marble games,cricket played in Narrow lanes with bat made of Coconut tree Branches....... The list is endless. One even has a hazy memory of the Dark days of emergency. Liquid images and conversations about the brutality of the police Raj with Moms warning "Dont go out with your long hair. the police are sure to trim your hair down". the anxiety to explore Inside the tooth paste packet of"Binaca Tooth paste where if you are lucky might get a Beautiful Animal toy.the Soda bottles with the marble as the Stopper and perhaps the most gigantic and most beautiful film ever made to a kids Heart; Sholay which came out in 1975. The list of dreams are endless........

       And then there was Bahadur. I dont think I was more enthralled by anything else when I got my hand on the Indrajal Issue No:267 "The Red Bricks House". The Character was created by Abid Surti, an award winning author. This issue presented to the reader(in this case me) a world of Action, dynamic Dialogues, Revenge and Dacoitry. Indeed in later years It is very clear the Impact of Sholay had on the First issue. Both in the Movie and the Comics there are flash backs on why the protagonists are out for revenge, The Social evil of Dacoitry which was rampant in many ares of North India(Remember Phoolan devi?) Both the film and the comics Gives Great characters Apart from the main Heroes. Gabbar Singh as the Notorious Villian, and Sanjeev kumar playing the role of Thakkur baldev singh as the Indomitable police officer. Shaistan Singh as the evil dacoit and Vishal, the Brave Police Officer. Bahadur Captured the Heart of Thousands and at least to an Indian was on par with phantom or mandrake.
     

Friday, May 5, 2017

Vintage Malayalam Comics......


        While Indrajals and Amar Chithra Katha was making Inroads all over India, there was a comic Boom in the Little state of kerala. A Number of Publications began churning out comics. The Most Famous Malayalam publication of Course was "Vidyarthi Mithram" which Published a Lot of  comics Like Tatrzan, Apornas Son, Inspector Vikram, Inspector Garud etc. They also Published many Phantom and Mandrake comics. They were very popular from the early 1970s. I remember reading a Lot of Tarzan and Inspector Vikram in those times.(They Published nearly 40 Tarzan Titles)

  Second in Popularity is the Other Publishing Giant "Regal Comics" They also came out with Tarzan and Mandrake but in a Larger Size Comics.The Cover art in both these comics were outstanding. Apart from these  Famous publications like Poomala Chitra Katha are the most popular and they published many Issues mainly stories from Puranas..Balarama Amar Chithra katha published titles mainly seen from the ACK issues. Other publications from Essar Publication,  Sathi ,Narmada Top Comics Etc issued comics in the 1980s and 1990s
The strange thing here is you find multicolored mono Panels of three Different colors in the same comic ( one shown below)





















Thursday, May 4, 2017

Vidhyarthi mithram

Vidhyarthi mithram English


    Vidyarthi Mithram means "friends of Students" and indeed it lived up to the mark.the most Famous of all Malayalam comics Publications, it carved a niche for itself with some fantastic titles including such characters as Phantom, mandrake, Tarzan etc. They published from kottayam,a place which can correctly be described as the Head quarters of Malayalam Comics Publications.
  
             Though their  most popular issues were of Tarzan,Apornas Son (Around 40 titles were published)The issues of phantom ,mandrake also got great popularity especially in North India.Some other great Characters issued are Inspector eagle and Secret agent Vikram.The art in these are by the great Ram Waeerkar......





Friday, April 28, 2017

Toms Chithra Katha

Toms Chithra Katha

                     Toms chithra Katha was published by Toms Publication from kottayam.
 As The logo of the Comics shows The chief Editor is Toms (V.T.Thomas) of the
 Boban and Molly fame.The Logo itself shows the legendary Siblings Boban and 
Molly who brought such happiness with thier antics and satire.These satirical 
Cartoons appeared in the Malayala Manorama Weekly from 1957. But these comic
 issues were completely different and  mainly told stories of Puranas,myths and
 Heroes.Most of the great cover art was by  N.G.Suresh Kumar. Here are some issues
starting with #2 and some others under number 10.





STR Chitra Katha

STR Chitra Katha

               During the eighties many Publications issued great Malayalam comics, STR, 
Poombatta,Poonthopu,Regal and VM were some of These. Not very surprisngly many
were Published from kottayam, Head quarters of  malayalam publishing Industry. But 
STR chithra Katha was published from Cochin in the early 1990s by Sri.R.Ramesh at
S.T.Reddiar & Sons Ernakulam. More than 150 titles was published by them.