Comic books are an amazing way to read books in a way that your imagination gets shaped into what the author really wants to convey their words into visuals. Indians are nowhere behind in this race and have produced some of the most iconic comic book series of all time. Here are 5 Indian comics that every comic book lover MUST read.
1. Chacha Chaudhary
Publisher: Diamond Comics
Description: Chacha Chaudhary has been a part of almost every 90s Indian kid. We remember watching him on television as well with Saboo and his dog. Chacha Chaudhary is our very own beloved Indian version of James Bond 😀 His comics are action packed and you will have a great time reading these. This is one of the most iconic Indian comics ever!
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Description: Written by Grant Morrison, this comic book isn’t exactly Indian in its origin, however, the idea arose after 9-11 when his research into Islam led him on to the ancient epic tales of India and some of the more speculative theories of people like David Hatcher Childress. In one of Grant’s interviews he states: “I just liked the idea of taking all the pomp and high holiness of one of the world’s great religions…and turning it into a Jack Kirby comic.”
3. Spider-Man: India
Publisher: Gotham Entertainment Group
Description: I bet most of you might have missed this one! For those of you who don’t know about this, it actually happened! Gotham Entertainment Group brought Spiderman to India as Pavitra Prabhakar, a phonetic distortion of Peter Parker. Other characters were also named like this. Here’s the list of characters:
- Meera Jain – She is analogous to Mary Jane Watson.
- Auntie Maya – She is analogous to Aunt May.
- Uncle Bhim – He is analogous to Uncle Ben.
- Nalin Oberoi – Nalin Oberoi is a local crime boss. He is analogous to Norman Osborn and transforms into a demon reminiscent of the Green Goblin.
- Hari Oberoi – Hari Oberoi is analogous to Harry Osborn. He did not appear, but was mentioned by Doctor Octopus.
- Aadi – Aadi is analogous to Eddie Brock/Venom.
- Doctor Octopus – A mild-mannered doctor who Nalin Oberoi transforms into a demon with four magical tentacles.
4. Shiva Parvati
Publisher: Amar Chitra Katha Pvt Ltd
Description: Amar Chitra Katha has been well known for the epic storytelling of Indian Gods. Shiva Parvati is one such comic which portrays the story of Shiva. A powerful demon threatens the gods in their heaven. They need a savior, who, Lord Brahma decrees, will be the son born to Shiva and Parvati. But Shiva, a badly-dressed, untidy, solitary ascetic, seems to enjoy bachelorhood. Even Parvati’s unmatched beauty aided by Kama, the God of love, seems unequal to the task of enchanting the stern lord. This illustrated classic is based on Kumara Sambhava of Kalidasa.
5. Mahabharata Indian Comics
Publisher: Amar Chitra Katha
Description: Mahabharata is often regarded as one of the most popular title in the history of Amar Chitra Katha. It is also the longest series (42 issue run on an alternative title schedule; from 329-441 [1985-89] in over more than 1300 pages) to have been produced by the Amar Chitra Katha. The series was originally planned for 60 albums, but it was later cut short to 42.
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