Monday, December 27, 2010

# Phantom Diamond Comics

We already know that Diamond publication issued around 100+ Phantom digests right from year 1990 in full color but the printing and paper quality of these digests were not the very best with the only consolation of their being in unedited format.
Recently Diamond publication issued few more Phantom Digests(information about exact no. of issues is not yet confirmed) with better printing and page quality in B/W format.




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With B/W format and better printing the quality has certainly been improved and i am sure serious Phans won't let go the opportunity to have these in their collection.





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According to the information available at present four such digests(No.9,15,18 and 21) are in the market priced at Rs.50/-each(As already pointed out by Ajay Misra at his daughter's blog) in English and Hindi language.




















Diamond publication seems immovable of falling comic popularity and sale and goes on churning out huge volumes of comics with lakhs of copies all over India featuring mainly Chacha Chaudhry,Billo,Pinky and digests such as Pitara,Comic World which also contains those Phantom and Mandrake strips which were not published in Indrajal comics or in previous Diamond Phantom digests.
For eg. have a look at this strip No.D-176(Blackie) which according to my information was never published before in Indrajal comics or in Diamond Phantom digests but its available in one such Comic World/Pitara Digest of Diamond publication.
  















Though the printing is so-so and also the panel proportioning is not proper and has been compressed to fit in the given space but still its nice and worth collecting to have a Phantom strip in color which was not available before in Indian comics. 















If we compare between two major surviving Hindi comic publications i.e. Raj and Diamond comics then sales-wise Diamond comics is far above than Raj comics and the reason behind which i can analyze is that sensing the comic market downfall Diamond comics sticked  to their most popular characters(Chacha Chaudhry,Billoo,Pinky etc) rather than flooding and experimenting with a galaxy of characters,the policy,which their counterpart Raj comics didn't adopted and now are finding it very hard to maintain the sales graph of all their comic characters.
On the other hand Diamond also didn't experimented much with modulation of story line according to the changing taste(?) and rather glued to the very basic of their characters which suits most to the typical Indian middle class parents mentality who still prefers to buy Diamond comics simple,clean and fair characters comic for their kids rather than going for the high tech Raj comics printed on glossy paper with a high price tag and 'objectionable' covers.  






















So in a nutshell Diamond comics are still flying in colors while Raj comics can be often seen giving hue and cry about its falling sales in specific and comic popularity in general.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great post

TIGER said...

Why have you used word "objectionable covers" for Raj comics ? Please explain. Very fine stuff regarding phantom publication by Diamond comics in black & white format. As far as i know, Diamond comice never published black & white comics before (but i am not sure) I have checked Diamond comics site but no information regarding these b/w phantom's issues. How to get these copies ? Thanks for sharing your valuable knowledge.

Lakshay Chuahan

Comic World said...

Anon: Welcome,it would have been nice if you have a left a name also.

Comic World said...

Tiger: The word objectionable is used for those covers containing of revealing female characters or illustrations showing intimate hugging and follow-up kissing scenes(of Kobi,Bhediya etc)which typical middle class Indian parents won't approve for their wards.
These Phantom B/W copies you can get from any comic book stall as they are available everywhere.

Anonymous said...

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THE COVERS ISSUE.NOW A DAYS COMICS COVER ARE MORE OF A FILMI MAGAZINE ALLURING THE PEOPLE.

TIGER said...

Absolutely Right Comic World ! It is hard to understand why Raj Publishers are using 'Curvaceous n Voluptuous female figure' in covers (to allure children !)More than a decade ago , they published 'ILU ILU' stickers consisting of hugging n kissing picutures !

on the other hand, Diamond comics never used this 'weapon' to sell their comics except one or few. One title which is coming in my mind is "Mahabali Shaka aur Paap Ki Devi" (this 'Paap Ki Devi in Bikini type dress ! Though I enjoyed this cover and still enjoying :) but certainly not suitable for children)

In 'Radha Comics', publisher used this 'deadly weapon' in SHAKTIPUTRA's comics named 'Madam Black Stone' & 'Nark Ke Bhagwaan' (full Cleavage Show in these two comics, in 'Nark Ka Bhagwaan' there was one bedroom scene!If you don't believe see it yourself)Though storyline of Shaktiputra's comics is superb ,just matchless , only drawback was vulgar scenes (Madam Blackstone was enjoying with one negro slave). These comics deserves 'A' certificate !
What you say Bro comic world

Lakshay Chauhan

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Comic World said...

Tiger: Yes,Bro i agree with you the Diamond publication seldom crossed the border line and that was mainly in Surendra Suman illustrations where female figures were,as you said,Curvaceous n Voluptuously drawn(in initial Mahabali Shaka comics)but if these exceptions are left behind then they always did sticked to Chacha Chaudhry simple humor,Raman-Billoo-Pinky's simple and clean stories and Channi Chachi's household stories which did appealed to every section rather than Raj comics who are trying to allure teenage children by these sort of soft 2X covers.

TIGER said...

Sorry to disturb u again, but you forgot to say few words about Shaktiputra's comics in Radha comics.
Thanks for your detailed reply to each n every comment

Comic World said...

Tiger: First of all no need for you to say sorry as i love discussion on comics/novels hence any sort and length of comment about comics/novels is more than welcome.
Regarding Shaktiputra comics,unfortunately i was not much into these later era comic such as Radha,Fort,Goyal,Parampara,Durga and other comics.I stopped reading any new publication comics after i came across with the deteriorating quality of Raj comics,though initial Raj comics are one of my favorite but when Dhruv began fighting with aliens,ghosts,witches and other insensible characters in indigestible stories then my attraction with these modern comics subsided and i ceased reading any more of these.
After your words about Shaktiputra i will try to read some of his comics which i have in my collection.

TIGER said...

Thanks for your warm welcome :)

Do you remember Diamond Comics used to publish new hindi movies in black & white strip format with colored cover. I used to read it on rental basis :)

But these strips didn't get much success & hence vanished ! Do read 'Shaktiputra aur Naya Bhagwan' & Shaktiputra aur Hitler Ka Bhoot' awesome stories. Though sci fi but quite interesting and Madam Black Stone (not for story line but 4 urs eyes only ! :)

Comic World said...

Tiger: Yes,i do remember very well those Filmy comics published by Diamond comics which usually were printed in B/W,and i also use to read them on rental basis.
Story of the movie 'Tezab' was the first one to be printed in color and later on followed by 'Shahenshah',i have few such comics in my collection.

Anonymous said...

Great post and nice discussion.
-Satish

KALA PRET said...

COMIC BROTHER

Your Post no.2 Egmont (Feb.07) & Post no.5 Mritunjaya also in Feb.07 is not working. Please provide new link of these 2 wonderful post

Thanks

Comic World said...

Kala Pret: Thanks bro for pointing the error,d/l of Mrityunjay has been restored by uploading it in mediafire but since i couldn't find the scans of Egmont in my hard disc hence not able to restore it at the moment.I have to rescan and reupload it.

KALA PRET said...

Thanks Bro

Please also check your post no.9 & 10. Instead of Pret ka Putra V26N36 THE MASTER CRIMINAL is coming out and your post no. 11 Pret ka sathi is also not working. Its been enthralling experience to explore your entire blog from start

KALA PRET said...

Thanks Brother

Please also check your post no. 9,10 & 11 (The master criminal & Pret ke sathi's link is not working & instead of pret ka putra v26n36 is coming out) Its been enthralling experience to explore your entire castle from start!

Comic World said...

Kala Pret: Bro all mentioned links fixed,check pl.

akfunworld said...

Zaheer bhia i thing the egmont comics which Kala Pret was asking is 'The ghost who died twice'. I have that comics at my harddisc so if you want i can provide the link to you, so you can save your time from scanning that comics again and you can scan any other comics in that time...

Comic World said...

AKF: Yes,thanks for the suggestion bro,if you have the link then pl provide the d/l so that duplication of scanning could be saved.Thanks once again.

KALA PRET said...

INDRAJAL 'COMIC WORLD'!

Please fix link of your remarkable post in April 07 no. 16 enlish/hindi and also post no.20 only hindi.

What surprised me that you started your glittering blog with flood of evergreen Indrajal comics and this year only few IJC related post !
My Request : Start New year with one of your favourite Indrajal comics.

b.t.w In your earlier post, you started 'Viewers choice' and in one post you announced that you will gift one IJC to that fellow who will comment 10 times in a row! At least you should start viewers choice for IJC again. Now i am moving in your May 07 post.

My Purpose : To collect All IJC posted by YOU! I have made a separate folder in my hard disk named "IJC by CW"

KALA PRET said...

COMIC JI

Also check your post no. 24 & 25 (english links are working but hindi links arn't)

What i noticed in your earlier post that 'some jealous factor' tried to demoralize you & tried to destroy your blog by commenting nonsense but every time your emerged as winner like a true champ!
Subanallah ! :)

KALA PRET said...

Post no.27 in english is not working

KALA PRET said...

COMIC BHAI

In july 07 , download link for covers from 101-150 of indrajal is not working, also your post no. 33'the challenge of the witch' is not working & no download link for hindi covers. Please provide new link

KALA PRET said...

Links of Following posts are dead :

Post no. 43 'Shaitano Ka Dera - part 1'

Post no. 48 ' Trials of Valour' part 1'

Please fix links of these 2 dynamic post

KALA PRET said...

Links of Following posts are dead :

Post no.54 'Child Lifters'

Post no.56 'The Avengers'

Please provide new links

KALA PRET said...

Links of Following posts in Dec.07 are dead :

Post no.60 "the wizard curse" part 2

Post no.61 "Frew 2"

WISHING YOU A HAPPY 2011 :)

Comic World said...

Kala Pret: Many thanks bro for new year wishes and pointing out the broken links,i am on the job of fixing them.

KALA PRET said...

कॉमिक भाई , आपको नव वर्ष के आगमन की हार्दिक शुबकामनाएं ! आपके CW ब्लॉग की 2007 से बिखर रही चकाचौंध और विहंगमता नें तो मुझे कॉमिक्स COMMUNITIES को भी भुलवा दिया ! एक से बढ कर एक इंद्रजाल लबालब और ठसाठस भरी पड़ी हैं 2007 की लगभग सभी पोस्ट में ! आज आपके 2008 की इंद्रजाल पोस्ट के कपाट खोल कर सभी पर हाथ साफ़ करने का नेक इरादा है ! आशा है की आप पर फिर से इंद्रजाल का जादू चले जिसके वशीभूत हो आप 2007 वाली चमक फिर से बिखेरें ! आपके लिए , आपके परिवार के लिए और आपके बेनजीर ब्लॉग के लिए मेरी और से 2011 की ढेर सारी शुबकामनाएं !

akfunworld said...

@Comic world & @Kala pret....

Link for post 2 Egmont Phantom 'The ghost who died twice' - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=W1HU5S1A

->Post 20(April 07) is working..
->Post 16(April 07)---
Revenge of the ghost 1- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=A36MKF5C

->Post 24 and 25 working...

KALA PRET said...

@ akfunworld

वाह जनाब !

Comic World said...
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Comic World said...

AKF: Thanks Anand Bro.

Comic World said...

प्रेत भाई: आपको भी नया साल बहुत-बहुत मुबारक हो और बहुत शुक्रिया इस हौंसला-अफज़ाई और तारीफ का,आपको ब्लॉग पसंद आया तो इस ब्लॉग का मकसद पूरा हो गया.सभी लिंक्स पुर्नजीवित कर दिए गए सिवाय एक लिंक(FREW No.2) के जो किसी ने योगदान दिया था और जो मेरी हार्ड डिस्क में नहीं है.जी हाँ,आपका कहना सही है की शुरू में कुछ हसद(जलन) से भरे तत्वों ने डिस्टर्ब करने की कोशिश की थी लेकिन उनके मनसूबे कामयाब नहीं हो पाए.

KALA PRET said...

बहुत ही शुक्रिया नव वर्ष पर फिर से नई नवेली लिंक्स देने के लिए , अगर आप अपनी पोस्ट न: 16 (अप्रैल 07 ) "मौत के चेहरे - प्रथम भाग" में भी जीवन फूंक दे तो भाई फिर तो 2007 में आपके द्वारा पोस्ट की गयी सभी इंद्रजाल मेरी झोली में आ जायें :)

Comic World said...

प्रेत भाई: मौत के चेहरे,भाग प्रथम, तो काम कर रही थी,कल तो मैंने चैक किया था.

KALA PRET said...

Just checked it ,it is not working, Please provide new link of your post 16 hindi

KALA PRET said...

Following Links are also dead

Jan.08 post no. 68 & post no.70(corrigon)

Feb.08 The Masked Assaisin ( in your 1st Anniv.Post) & post no.76 (ancient cave of splendour part 1)

Comic World said...

Kala Pret: Many thanks bro for pointing out the dead links.Maut Ke Chehre(post 16) and The Masked Assasin links has been restored,the remaining two links couldn't be fixed at moment as those were contributed by some other friends,but you don't worry,i am having those comics and will be uploading them after scanning.
Regarding Indrajal comics i wish to say that in this year many many Hindi Indrajal comics which are not available at net yet are sure to be found here.

akfunworld said...

@Comic world & @Kala pret

Link for FREW 2 'In the Tiger's Lair'--


http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VSDNEFB9

Comic World said...

AKF: Thanks Anand Bro.

Anonymous said...

hello brother, there is no download link. Have you removed it?

If you can have it back, would be great... thanks
Ubermann

Comic World said...

Anon: There was no download link provided as these are easily available in market.

gaurav said...

any body tell me how can i get phantom comics in hindi send me link plz,,,,,,

Comic World said...

Gaurav: If you are meaning about Indrajal comics then they are available on this blog as well as other also but Diamond Phantom comics haven't been scanned and posted yet except a few.

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