Friends,why is so that these new comics fails to interconnect one as those old comics use to do a long way back,why we can't identify ourselves with the story line of these current comics,why these comic doesn't excites us though those old comics still recreate the magic of which we are fond of.
Recently came across with a latest set of Raj Comics which were quite costly,colorful printing,nice glossy pages,quite attractive cover designs.I started to read with a new ignited hope but couldn't read more than 9-10 pages as the soul of comic,the story miserably failed to attract me,this superhero concept,unnatural villains,unconvincing plot and excessive use of modern(imaginary) gadgets all was such that i am wandering into a alien land and watching a alien animated movie.
These surviving publication houses give a huge hue and cry over the declining comic business/culture in India but hardly they give a thought over the quality of their product,they also fail to understand that what a common Indian comic reader want to read.
If these publication house can sense the nerve of a common comic reader then might be we can see another revamping period of comics.
For eg. lets read this comic 'Gulivar Bauno Ke Desh Me',though its a fantasy/fictional story but see its quality,illustrations and presentation..simply unmatched and close to common comic reader nerve.
Recently when i visited my home town for Eid then as usual after getting time(actually after arrival of wife to 'Mayka') i began my comic hunt and this time find some good comics/magazines.Here are the cover of few.
The specialty of these comics are that these are the original edition priced at 1 Shillings,published by a Manchester(England) publication house under the title of 'World Adventure Library'.This publication also published Phantom and Mandrake comics which you can notice from the back cover scan of one of these comics.
Also got this comic which is the very first issue of another lesser known publication 'Sadhana Comics'.It was published in mid 80's and perhaps it was the first of the kind of 'pictorial' comics,i.e.,in which photographs were published along with comic balloons.
'Dada Ji'(Lehri Singh) of famous TV serial 'Hum Log' has worked in this comic along with other characters.This was the very 1st issue of this publication which ceased soon,though information about exact no. of comics published by it is not available with me.
Also got some vintage issues of Diamond Comics,cover of a couple of issues are presented for all of you.
Do anyone remember 'Gudia'?It was alike 'Chandamama'
Few more covers.......
Also got some 'Femina' of 60's and 70's along with many issues of 'The Illustrated Weekly Of India'.Here are some covers for you.
This particular issue of IW attracted me quite as it was having a snap of movie 'Dharamveer' as its front page though in some other context.
Anyone remember this famous '30 plus' ad of Jeetendra!!
Q.1.Name the model with Parveen Bobby in this ad.He has acted in a few Hindi movies but failed miserably.
Q.2.Can you recognize these actresses?
Friends,sad news,famous illustrator 'Pradeep Sathe' who drew 'Kaliya Kauwa' for 'Tinkle','Vikram','Inspector Manoj' for Manoj Chitra Katha and innumerable other characters is no more now,he passed away a couple of weeks before.More information about him will be posted in next post along with this comic as a tribute to him.