There was the world before the internet and it was filled with comics.
September 25th is applauded as the national comic book day in the US. However, India doesn’t have any such day it has a huge selection of comic list that had kept entertained and made us smarter at the same time.
If you are the 80s or 90s kid then you will surely have the best childhood memories.
Be it Pinki troubling her neighbours or Chacha Chaudhary giving a lesson of intelligence, or Shaktiman and Superman saving the world, we all loved it. Let’s recall those good old days with this list of comics.
Remember Tantri the Mantri, Suppandi, Shikari Shambhu, Kalia the crow? Tinkle was typical and no less than a treasure for kids with power packed stories, puzzles, and quizzes. Maybe that’s the reason it is still one of our favorite comic. Today, the digitalised version of Tinkle is available online. But nothing can match the joy of reading that hard copy.
The 1st release of Chandamama was released in July 1947. Chandamama had refurbished the idea of our grandparents’ storytelling. Originally in Telugu and later offered in English, the comic was popular for mythological stories. The tales were narrated in a third-person mode and were the thread with moral values.
Panchatantra, one of the oldest stories in the India history, was a collection of fascinating stories of birds and animals that unveiled the truths of realistic life. Each story made us wiser. Admit it!
The first release of Champak was launched in 1968 and there was no looking back. Released in 8 regional languages the comic is a collection of short stories, puzzles, brain teasers, spot the differences and jokes.
Amar Chitra Katha
Amar Chitra Katha was a good attempt by Uncle Pai to introduce children to Indian mythology, traditions, and historical past. With more than 90 million copies sold in 20 regional languages, the collection generally brings an awesome content even today.
Akbar and Birbal by Apple Books
Akbar Birbal stories had always motivated us to find answers through your wit. The exciting stories centered around Birbal outsmarting court men and ministers with his entertaining solutions to every issue thus leading to people getting envious of him. And we loved it!
Effectively, before Bollywood introduced us to romance, the young Archie did it. He was no less than a (loving) superhero who had two wonderful ladies, Betty and Veronica, waiting around to get his attention. Archie and his pal’s antics and Jughead’s clever cracks often left us seeking for more.
Actually started in Tamil and later released in English, Gokulam had amazing stories and always educated us to sustain the balance between tradition and modern values.
The collection was one of the stylish European comics of the 20th century. Initially published in French but following its huge popularity was launched in English. Tintin, a young reporter, always come across dangerous situations and was afterward saved with the help of his four-legged buddy Snowy.
Phantom is another of our favorite comic superhero. And who can neglect the purple masked costume and the captivating storyline?
The list does not end here. In the next post, we will add Tenali Raman, Vikram Betaal, Bankelal, Indrajaal, Nandan, Superman, Batman, Spiderman and much more, we never, ever ran out of comics. It’s time to open your store room, guys!