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.





Thursday, April 27, 2017

Roy Rogers Annual

              An annual based on Roy Rogers,King of Cowboys. Published 1952 with 88 enthralling pages.Published by World Distributors.......






Sunday, April 16, 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)





















Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spectrum Comics

Spectrum Comics

                  Published by Times of india, this series started in 1986. Spiderman, Denis the menace, Arak and Modesty Blaise Graced the stories in the lovely issues. Smaller than a  normal comic, these comics are highly collectible today. Here are some issues in my collection including #1 featuring modesty Blaise........ 

#1