Friday, 26 February 2016

Comical Times!

I used to read a lot, including comics when I was growing up.  And these have had a lasting impression on my mind.

Here are the comics which I and you read in childhood :)

Indrajal Comics
   I read these in Hindi. Phantom told me that the truth always wins, but you need to give a punch or two to let it win
   Mandrake made me believe that brain is mightier than muscles, though he still needed Lothar , his muscular friend to overcome the enemy.

   Then there was our swadeshi hero, Bahadur, who karate'd his enemies to floor everytime they tried to do something illegal.

Amar Chitra Katha
Uncle Pai's gift served as a lighthouse for us children.

Diamond Comics
 Who can forget Chacha Chaudhary? The nice and wise guy made me believe that nice-guys don't always finish last. You can be nice and still beat the evil. All you need is Chacha Chaudhary's intelligence.

Okay, even Chacha Chaudhary needed his giant fried Saabu. Kyoki kabhi kabhi laton ke bhoot baaton se nahi maante :)

Chhotu-Lambu Comic Strip
By Shehab
This comic which used to appear in children's magazime 'Paraag' enticed me for may years

Billu Comic Strip
'Parag' featured Billu also. Billu was a 10 year old naughty kid which was drawn by Pran, and perhaps inspired by all of us :)

 The Indian versions of Laurel and Hardy  'Motu Patlu' were the ones I used to wait for every fortnight.

 Sustram-Chustram used to make way into my home at just Re 1.

Dhabbuji in 'Dhharmayug'
The quintessential 'common man' created by Surti, used to appear in hindi magazine 'Dhharmayug'

I still read these comics. 

 Calvin and Hobbes
 By Bill Waterson
The Book still brings out the kid in me!

Image Courtesy Wikia

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
 By Jeff Kinney

Image courtesy Wikimedia

Whenever I read this graphic novel I feel that the 11 year old main character –Greg- is none but me. And sometimes I find myself living the character of Greg’s father….

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  1. Amartha chithra katha and uncle Pai were the only ones I had known from in this list in my childhood. Great collection!

    1. Thanks Nandhini for reading the post. Amar Chitra Katha is timeless. :)

  2. good to see the covers of comics from our time....chacha chaudhary rocked....:).....I also remember reading Champak and Nandan....

    1. Champak and Nandan were absolute delights, Sunaina. Possibly, you have read Parag also :)

      Thanks Sunaina, for visiting. And I feel so happy to know a reader of Champak and Nandan.

  3. Oh wow! This post brought back so many memories! I have surprisingly read all the comics you have posted here. I loved Bahadur and Bela and Phantom! And who can forget Amar CHitra Katha and Tinkle! My dad used to read the Mandrake comic strip to me from the newspaper everyday. I'm still a comic fan. This is what I read these days apart from Calvin and Hobbes You'll probably like this. Thanks for bringing back all these wonderful memories. Great post, Saket!

    1. Great to know that you too had read these all! And you reminded me of Bahadur's companion I had forgotten about-Bela.

      The site you mentioned looks interesting. Looks like now I have something interesting to checkout this weekend.

      Thanks, Hema!

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    1. Yes. :)

      Thanks Maniparna, for sharing your thought.

  5. I've never heard of any of these. But I loved to read Asterix and Obelix as a child. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Because these were published in India only.
      Thanks, Bee

  6. Wonderful list. Amar Chitra Katha instilled in me love for ancient myths. Calvin and Hobbes is still my favourite.