Comics are a popular medium of entertainment and leisure. Popular among adults and children alike, comics have formed the bulk of our childhood. Though Manga, International comics like Marvel and D.C. are popular amongst comic fanatics, Indian comics have a brand of their own. From Tinkle Digests to Super Commando Druv, Nagaraj, and Chacha Chaudhary, Indian comics with their wit and flair have won the heart of millions.
Therefore, to add to the piquing interest of readers who would love to absorb interesting storyboards and those dynamic dialogues in speech bubbles- Podium School presents these classic Indian comics for readers, young and old alike. Check out these wonderful recommendations right now!
The Best of Indian Comics for You to Obsess Over!
To begin with, Tinkle’s unique blend of educational and entertainment appeals to Indians far and wide. Tinkle enthusiasts are to be found in celebrity circles as well- including former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee. The brainchild of Anant Pai, who is also the creator of the famous Amar Chitra Katha comics, the majority of Indian millennials has grown up reading Tinkle in their vacations.
Tinkle’s inaugural issue was published in November 1980. The publication includes comics, articles, and regular pieces aimed at schoolchildren. Tinkle is extremely famous in India, with a circulation of 3 lakh copies per issue as of 2019. Henceforth, it has been a vital part of growing up in India for the past two decades. Including characters like Suppandi and Shikari Shambu who first appeared in the magazine’s early years. They are now well-known across the country.
If someone wants to humor themselves with the doomed exploits of Tantri-the Mantri or follow the adventures of the four sisters Eenah, Minah, Mynah, and Mo- one should definitely turn to these rib-tickling comic digests! Therefore, Tinkle comics feature as the premier choice from our collection of Classic Indian comics for readers!
Chandamama is perhaps the bastion of the earliest memories we have of reading stories from the Hindu Lore, Betaal Pachisi, and Akbar-Birbal. B.Nagi Reddy, the magazine’s first editor, went on to become a prominent film producer in South India.
Chakrapani, a friend of Nagi Reddy’s, was the driving force behind the publication. Thanks to his vision, perception, and grasp of the target readership that the Chandamama gained popularity among young readers who eagerly looked up to the newest issue.
The magazine launched a unique tradition of telling stories with a grandparents’ style of storytelling in the most flexible third-person narrative mode, on paper. Virtually, it always tied by a similar thread of moral ideals.
The stories compiled from a variety of historical and contemporary texts from India and other nations. Mythology, epics, fables, parables, and even valuable hearsay fed impressionable minds and guided them to true entertainment.
Amar Chitra Katha
Uncle Pai makes another unforgettable and dynamic entry in this ensemble of classic Indian comics. It is a fact, that we can’t mention the legacy of Indian comics without the famous graphic novels of Amar Chitra Katha!
A premier graphic Indian comic franchise, ACK covers a wide variety of themes. From Indian History to Hindu epics and tales from the Puranas, as well as documenting the lives of famous personalities in every field, its classic style of expressive storyboards and comics continues to be a massive fan favorite.
Although the comics have faced the ire of critics for their portrayal of women, and colorism, ACK still reigns supreme. The comics have also taken steps to dismantle all that which is alleged, through their series on women, Paramvir Chakra awardees, and new personalities.
Thus, Amar Chitra Katha has truly been an immortal force to reckon in the realm of enchanting Indian comics. One can also check out their online store which offers you the visual edutainment treat on print and screens!
Diamond Comics’ famed serpentine superhero also features in the list of these Indian comic books’ darlings. Created by Rajkumar Gupta in the 1980s, Nagraj possesses the powers of the fictional Icchadhari Nag (Wish-Granting Snake).
Born as a poisoned infant, Nagraj has every bit of poison to spare for those who threaten his glory. Portrayed as the protector of the good, Nagraj has received love from fans in his battles against evil forces. His romance with the gorgeous and fatal Visarpi and his friendship with Super Commando Dhruv make Nagaraj the reigning darling of the comic universe.
This witty old man with a red turban and penchant for cleverness is a comic book favorite. Chacha’s adventures with small and big goons offer a treat of laughter with witty and sharp dialogues. Who doesn’t remember Bini Chachi’s belan and gentle giant Sabu’s naivete and strength?
Chacha Chaudhary is unlike most other comic-book superheroes. He isn’t a muscleman and doesn’t possess any special abilities or modern equipment. Instead, he fights evildoers with a wooden stick and “a brain sharper than a needle and faster than a supercomputer”.
Chacha Chaudhary ka dimag computer se bhi tez chalta hai!
“Each household has a wise old man of his own. He used common sense to tackle his difficulties, but he did so with a sense of humour. My cartoon is based on a sense of humour.”Pran, creator of Chacha Choudhury
Therefore, while Chaudhary is comparable to R.K. Laxman’s ‘Common Man’, he refuses to be a passive observer. With a razor-sharp brain and Sabu’s brawn, who dares to mess with our loveable little Chacha?
Thus, with these Indian comics which are nothing short of classics, your vacations and weekends just found something else to pour over. So, eschew the charms of Netflix and its tudum introduction and trade it for these reads. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
You can also check out our other recommendations from Children’s books and movies. We recommend you watch these Indian classics for children to regale yourself this weekend!
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