Wednesday, December 23, 2009

# Comic Haat

Friends,we all are comic lovers and most of among us are collectors who are in constant search for their cherished comics.We regularly and religiously search for our most sought comics but since almost all of our cherished comics are not in publication now so day by day its becoming very tough to find our most sought and missing comics.
Three-four years back from now it was comparatively easier to find these comics but with the advent of numerous comic blogs,the craze for comics has been revived again,specially for those comics which were associated with our childhood.Everyone wishes to revive those nostalgic moments which are hidden in the pages of comics which we have read in our childhood.

For eg.,comic top in chart is Indrajal comics,these are most sought comics of today and can be considered as money spinners for old book shop keepers and vendors.Few years back from now they were easily available at a rate ranging from Rs.5-25/copy depending upon the issue no.,language and character,but nowadays its very difficult and costly affair to get hold of a early issue of IJC,specially between no.1 and 300.

My personal experience is a surprising witness to this exponential increment in rates of vintage IJC as i was offered few issues of IJC within the issue range #100-200 for a whooping price of Rs.1000/-(One Thousand Rupees) per copy by a fellow blogger and friend,which i politely turned down.At ebay IJCs are being quoted at a crazy price,the book markets of Kolkata,
Lucknow and Delhi are charging early vintage issues within a price range of Hundreds of Rupees.
Now,its not IJC alone which is enjoying manifold price range,other vintage comics such as Manoj Chitra Katha,Dolton Comics,Madumuskan,Star Comics,Chandamama,Deewana,Amar Chitra Katha,Tinkles etc are also being sold within a price range of Rs.15-100/- copy depending upon the availability,demand of that particular comic and craziness of comic lovers.Even the Bal-pocket books of S.C.Bedi series Rajan Iqbal novels which were aptly available at Rs.1/copy are now being demanded as Rs.5-10/copy by old comics vendors.
Magazines such as The Illustrated Weekly of India,of which i purchased around 70+ issues quite cheap,are now being offered at minimum Rs.250/-copy.
Sensing the sharp spike in vintage and old comics demand many comic 'brokers' have also been raised up,who assures to arrange comics on 'commission' basis.
Its becoming more and more difficult with time to get access to these vintage comics within a reasonable price range for a comic lover of middle class financial condition.
Many of us may be having a no. of comics along with duplicate issues and/or those comics which are least in our priority list and which we can swap/exchange with our other missing comics.
Keeping this very thought in mind an idea hit me that wouldn't it be possible if we can help each other?Can we help each other to increase and improve our collection? It will be very much easier and economical if we can swap our required/missing comic within ourselves so that we can dispose our unnecessary comics and duplicate issues,which may be very much sought by others,by swapping and exchanging comics among ourselves.
By this we can increase and complete our collection much faster and economically by helping and being helped by other comic lovers.
For this purpose i have planned to introduce a separate blog (COMIC MARKET) where we can offer our spare and non-required comics to other comic lover for exchanging/trading comics within ourselves.
One can also dispose off his/her comics by offering them for sale,but pls don't quote unreasonable and exorbitant price as this blog doesn't wish to serve as a business platform for professional comic sellers.

Hence,this very comic blog is named as Comic Market where you can offer your spare and other comics for swap/trade/exchange and sale in order to mutually help each other.Though this blog is named as Comic Market but it will not serve as a typical market,rather its a 'Haat'(trade place),where we can trade within our necessities of comics.

I,myself have many duplicate issues as well as other non-required comics which i will be gladly offering to those who are requiring/missing them in lieu of my other required and missing comics.

So,friends don't forget to check Comic Market from now onwards for new updates on comics as you never know when can you get hold of your most cherished comics there.

During my recent comic hunt i came across with few vintage issues of Chandamama,which i gladly picked up along with many other vintage and rare issues of other comics such as Madhumsukans,Parag,ACKs and others.
Covers of few of those vintage comics are here for you.

Chalte-chalte..a big post is due for all of you,but somehow not slipping into suitable mood and finding enough time to shape it to a satisfactory level.Anyway,will try hard to finish it soon.


PD said...

अच्छी बात बताई है आपने.. :)

PD said...

ओहो!! बस अभी अभी देखा कि आप भी "लपूझन्ना" के मुरीद हैं.. इसी बात पर अथोक पांदे जो बौत होथियार बत्ता है कि दय.. ;)

Comic World said...

PD: धन्यवाद्.कृपया आते रहिये.

Abdul Qureshi said...

Zaheer Bhai,
Comic Market is good idea, waiting for you long post. I hope that post will include Madhumuskan.

Rafiq Raja said...

Mee too waiting for your Big post, Zaheer Bhai.... Hope to see it before the new year :)

Comic World said...

Abdul Qureshi: Thanks Abdul Bhai.Yes,a madhumuskan is pending from long time.

Comic World said...

Rafiq Raja: Rafiq Bhai,i will try me best to post it in this year only.

The Phantom Head (TPH) said...

CM Vitankar covers are always great to look at. Oh boy, Manoj Chitra Katha was a good series. I do remember few of those.

Comics Haat....hmmm... let's see.

Big post? Come on. Hurry it up dear. We are all in wait.

वेताल शिखर said...

"मिकी और डॉनल्ड विचित्र पुरी में"

ये टाइटल तो याद है पर "वॉल्ट डिस्नी की विचित्र पुरी" इसका ध्यान नहीं आता. जो भी हो सुनहरा समय था कॉमिक्स प्रेमियों के लिये. पूरी दुनिया के बेहतरीन कॉमिक कैरेक्टर्स पढ़ने को मिलते थे.

Comic World said...

TPH: TPH,Manoj Chitra Katha enjoys the status of being the lone Indian comic publication which has produced the best covers in terms of quality and attractiveness.
C.M.Vitankar,no doubt was the cause behind this status but credit also goes to MCK layout and printing quality as Vitankar also designed many covers for ACK but their the cover quality and attraction was far-far inferior than MCK covers.
Trying my best to bring out that post in this year only.

Anonymous said...

The very old Chandamama vintage issues are quite a sight.In fact the earlier issues carried a lot more worth than the current shoddy nature of the same.No taste whatsoever.
Books are supposed to get better , not bitter.
Same is true with Tinkle....
As for others , No one can ever substitute MCK's with any other books of similar type.Not even Raj comics ,they taste bitter ,they do.


Comic World said...

वेताल शिखर: सही कहा,80 के दशक का आरम्भ वो समय था जो भारतीय कॉमिक्स का स्वर्ण युग कहा जा सकता है.इंद्रजाल कॉमिक्स अपने चरम पर थी,डायमंड कॉमिक्स व मनोज चित्र कथा भी अपना जादू बिखेरने में पीछे नहीं थी,अमर चित्र कथा अपना एक अलग स्थान बनाये हुए थी,ढेरों दुसरे प्रकाशन नयी-नयी कॉमिक्स लेकर मैदान में उतरे हुए थे.कुल मिलकर अनगिनत कॉमिक्स बाज़ार में उतरी हुई थी.
पर धीरे-धीरे ये समय की गर्त में लोप हो गयीं.इस समय रफीक भाई की कही हुई एक बात बहुत याद आती है,"पहले कॉमिक्स थी पर पैसे नहीं थे,आज पैसे हैं पर वो कॉमिक्स नहीं हैं".
नाचीज़ का कोशिशें वही कॉमिक्स दोबारा जमा करने की है जिससे की इन कॉमिक्स के पन्नों में उस खोये हुए बचपन को दोबारा तलाशा जा सके.

Comic World said...

Chandan: Chandan,our comics reflects the human mentality and culture,which goes materialistic with time.Earlier the time was,better the comics was.Today,worse culture and mentality and so do the comics.

Prabhat's Books and Comics said...
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Prabhat's Books and Comics said...

Pls post Nanha Jasus Babllu both comics. Still remember both has good story. May be Hazar Sal Baad was inspired by lee falk's Samaris.

nahlawat said...

please tell me how can i get my hands on these classics

Comic World said...

Nahlawat: I have few comics for swap/exchange purpose.Let me know if you have any comics for exchange.

Anonymous said...

(i) Nanha Jaasus Bablu aur ardh Manav and (ii) Hazar Saal Baad.......please anyone tell me from where I could download these two comics...please. I am very desparate to read these two comics.

Comic World said...

These two comics ares till not uploaded anywhere.You can have them at this very blog soon,keep on checking.

Anonymous said...

muhje old manoj comics padni hai kya kroon

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