Monday, March 20, 2017

Indrajals !!!!!!!

Indrajals !!!!!!!


The Word Literally Means "Magical" and it was in that Context that many Still view the Greatest Comics Publication to hit the Indian Market more than 50 Years back. 
 Indrajal comics was published by the publisher of  "Times Of India" , Bennet & Coleman in march , 1964. It came to an end in April 1990, with the Publication of "Dara: The Jaws of Treachery".

Many Characters beccame the heroes for Thousands of Indian comic fans. The Foremost being
Phantom, The Ghost who Walks Followed By Mandake ,The Magician and Bahadur Etc Flash Gordon was another Popular comic hero. Characters like Dara, Drake, Buz sawyer,
Mike Nomad  etc.also Figured in Many Indrajal Issues.
In 1976 an Indian Character named "Bahadur' came to the Scene With a Classic Indrajal Issue "The Red Bricks House" Bahadur was created by The national award winning Author Abid Surti.
Now these Vintage comics are Highly collectible and early issues are so rare only a few has these. Indrajal was published in various regional languages also like kannada, Bengali,Urdu, Malayalam,Hindi,Marathi, Tamil Etc.It was even published in Arabic.....














          The Great Comic collectors deserve Special Mention: One of the The Greatest,Phantom of  the Comics: Vineet Abraham is an Inspiration for all Collectors.Then There is the bangalore based Collector Arun Prasad who has completed His Entire Indrajal collection in Two or Three languages !!!!!!
          I am proud to say that I am friends with Arun Prasad, Vineeth Abraham, Sudenshu, Sumit Etc. These legends are an Inspiration to collectors all over the World. They have reached the Summit of The
 Indrajal collection. 

All comics shown in this blog are from my Collection.








Saturday, March 18, 2017

Malayalam Film mags......

Malayalam Film mags......

                   It is a Pleasure to see the cover Pictures of Various Malayalam Film 
magazines in the 1960s and 1970s. Came across a Lot of such magazines a few days back......











Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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 means Son of the Ape. These Stories were direct adaptations from the Swedish Tarzan comics. In some titles you can  see the publishers did not bother changing the Swedish price tag in front of the comics and in some cases The VM Emblem also is missing. 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.