Saturday, March 1, 2014

50 Years of Indrajal Comics : A Celebration Post

For Those Who Came in LATE....
  • March...
  • 1964...
  • A NEW Times of India Publication,a comic-magazine(then monthly) was launched in India,titled Indrajal Comics.....
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  • JAN...
  • 1966...
  • Bengali version was started off,been 22 issues behind of the pioneer issue...
And since then for almost 3 decades the generations of Indian kids and teens(and grown-ups as well) were mesmerized by this series,it's enchanting presentation that incld. exciting tales and much more!
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  • May...
  • 1990...
  • 27th year of publication...
 Indrajal Comics was officially killed cancelled - a sudden decision made by the publisher ...
 The last issue, featured the last hero introduced in the Indrajal universe - Dara - was released on 16th April,1990...
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the AFTERMATH...
JUNE'1990..1992..1995..1999...2002...2005..2007..2012..2013..2014....and the coming years.....
  • College Street of Kolkata...
  • Dariya Ganj of Delhi....
  • Fort  Market of Mumbai....
  • Abids' of Hyderabad....
 AND 1000s of other old-book-shops throughout the India WERE (AND still ARE) RANSACKED by millions of  BOOKWORMS known as Indrajal-Addicts.....and a research revealed : older they are crazier they act!!!
AND THE HUNT IS STILL ON !!!
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PRESENT DAYS:
  • March...
  • 2014...
Today Indrajal Comics completes it's 50 years of existence !


 A true immortal series it was.....fans proved the fact by their act even after 2 decades of the  'sudden death'!
 In short,Indrajal was NOT just another comic-series for us,the readers.....it was much beyond that....Forget about the cover-titles,one will have a good time with few 100s of Indrajals just by reading the informative articles/side-strips alone(or looking at the old advertisements and relieve the nostalgia!)....
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BACK to the PAST :

 Way back in the '60s, ToI decide to promote their newly launched series and that was not tough for them as they were one of the top publishers in India back then,already owned one of the popular magazines : Illustrated Weekly India where Phantom was introduced much earlier that we have him in the pages of  Indrajal!
 Initially they heavily relied on Falk's Phantom(Betal) and Walt Disney's stories.With passing years they finally settled their target heroes : Phantom,Mandrake,Flash Gordon!They in the late'70s they introduced an Indian hero : Bahadur, just to give the series a more Indian feel and readers,a variety!
 Later on,we have few more western and Indian heroes(namely Garth,Lt.Drake,Rip Kirby,Buz,Corrigan,Aditya & Dara) and some had a good impact on fans' mind but the highlighted ones remain the same - that is, the Fantastic Four!

 Here you can see few very early advertisements of Indrajal...published in the '60s issues of  Illustrated Weekly of India (image courtesy Kevin Patrick - a Phantom researcher) :

 The Indrajal ads used to appear in the Bengali teen-mag Anandamela in the in '70s are the best among the lot I have even seen...A brief story-synopsis followed by the titles and art of the featuring heroes were always present in those pages! These kind of ads surely did enhance the readers' interest many folds!(Those who can't read Bengali will easily guess the titles from the art.)


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Once Again...Back to the PRESENT:

 ON THIS SPECIAL MEMORABLE OCCASION LET'S CONSIDER THE WHOLE March of 2014 AS "Month of Indrajal Comics" and hopefully other bloggers will carry forward the celebration as well....
 So I WILL POST some selected Indrajal Issues in this post in the three languages I prefer to read i.e. Bengali,English & Hindi(in the order of preference) as follows :


  • Comic #109 : A Bengali Betal Indrajal : রহস্যময় প্রতিশোধ (সংখ্যা ২০৯ ; ১৯৭৫)
 এই ইন্দ্রজালটিতে বেতালের দু'টো গল্প আছে। দ্বিতীয়টিও মরুভূমির প্রেক্ষাপটে....নাম  "মরুভূমির আতঙ্ক"।
 দুটিই লি ফকের অনবদ্য সৃষ্টি, তবে প্রথম গল্পটির প্লট অনন্য যা প্রতিবার পড়ার পর এক অদ্ভূত অনুভূতি নিয়ে আসে!!  মরুভূমিতে একাকী এক পুরুষ আর তার অভিনব(এবং ভয়ঙ্কর) প্রতিশোধের পরিকল্পনা....

বেতাল সেই 'বাজ প্রশিক্ষক'-এর দৃষ্টিভঙ্গিকে সমর্থন না করলেও আমরা,পাঠকরা, না করে থাকতে পারিনি। তাই নয় কি??
এমনকি বেতালও শেষে বিভ্রান্ত হয়ে যায়...

   দ্বিতীয় গল্পটি ছোটো কিন্তু বেশ ভালো...আর শেষটা অনবদ্য, যা চলমান অশরীরীর রহস্যময়তাকে আরো একবার ফুটিয়ে তোলে...


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  • Comic #110 : An English Dara Indrajal : The Enemy Agent (Vol.25 No.43 ; 1988)
 This was the introductory tale of this Indian James Bond who did a good job! 
  Must admit,the plot was perfect set-up for Dara to introduce in the Indrajal's prestigious universe of heroes and super-heroes... 
 You will see how he nabbed a cunning traitor..

And the illustration,as we always have mentioned,was top-notched!    


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  • Comic #111 : A Hindi Mandrake Indrajalम्रित्यु कि परछाई (सन्खा २९८ ; १९७८)
प्रस्तुत है मैनड्रैक की एक कहानी जहां हम देखेंगे होजो  का कमाल! क्या '8' के साथ कोई सम्बन्ध है?


यह जानने के लिए पढिये : मृत्यु की परछाई!! 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

GOOD BYE SACHIN !!

UPDATE(21/1/2014) : Let's introduce two NEW blogs for vintage Bengali books and comics,where you will find some more treasures!
First,let's introduce Boi Collector - a blog just old more than one-year - filled with some really rare stuff!! You will get there Pujabarshiki, Upanyash,Short stories and Comics!
And one of the comics posted there was COMPLETE Shadashib(সদাশিব) series published in Anandamela!! Earlier,we don't had a complete set of illustrated version of this Saradindu Bandopadhay created cult series,drawn by famous Bimal Das,which is now available in this blog(Boi Collector) in 3 parts as follows: 
[For details,visit our joint-blog : Bengali Treasure-Trove(BTT)]
[The credit goes to original uploader(s) who preserved and shared such a vintage and great comics with us....]

So just visit this amazing blog and download the stuff and while doing this you should post a thanking note for this unknown poster as he truly deserves it! :-)

Now the 2nd blog : Indrajal Comics in Bengali(ICB) - probably a blog by BT members and finally they are posting Indrajal Comics for public view!! I truly support this effort and you should as well.....
 The clarity of scan is fine,quite neat,only a bit less cleaning i.e. keeping the original paper-color of the Indrajal bit more would be preferable! But otherwise,they did a very decent scanning...

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Was a pre-teen kid when saw him for the first-time, playing as a very promising young-star, against South Africa on '92 followed by England series on early '93(and was truly impressed by his 165 knock) and since then journey continued....till this date 16th NOVEMBER 2013...covering almost 21 long years of several fantastic moments!!

So just wanted to say....THANK YOUGOOD BYE!!



Post Script - Now we know the ultimate milestone is set - something that no one can cross - and that is Test(ed) Runs of 15,921 (Miles) !! 


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Indrajal Collectors' Club (ICC)

 A facebook page has been created for the collectors of Indrajal Comics (link: https://www.facebook.com/indrajalcollectors.club).
 In that place you can share your story i.e. how many issues(hard copies) you have collected,since how long you are in this hunt,and of course in which language(s) you prefer to read!!

 For easier understanding,we have created 3 major collectors' groups - those are further splitted in 7 sub-groups -  based on the number of hard-copy collections as follows(See the POLL as well):
  • [A1] Elite Super++   : 780+(780-803)
  • [A2] Elite Super+      : 750+(750-779)
  • [A3] Elite Super         : 700+(700-749)
  • [B1] Elite+                 : 600+(600-699)
  • [B2] Elite                    : 500+(500-599)
  • [C1] Plate+                : 300+(300-499)
  • [C2] Plate                   : 300- (001-299)
[Note : The highest-level(ES++) is important for Bengali Ijc collectors solely 'cos that's the magic-number of total published Bengali issues.. :)]
 As you can see,the person with at least 1 physical copy  of Indrajal Comics in his/her collection,can join and discuss their views at Indrajal Collectors' Club(ICC).

SO PICK YOUR GROUP AND JOIN WITH US! 


Monday, October 14, 2013

Comic #108 - A Post-Indrajal Phantom Sunday(Capt. Amazon - Pirate Queen; 1989)

                                        HAPPY VIJAYADASHAMI TO ALL
 Enjoy a old Phantom strip(S134) in color and in Bengali. In this tale of 5th Phantom(aka Aranyadev), it has been shown how a gentle,beautiful lady transformed in a dreaded pirate queen - Captain Amazon! Later she became the wife of 5th Phantom!
 The most famous quote(of Juliet) probably was "Call us pirates! Then we'll be Pirates"!!

Between,the colored pages are from famous magazine Desh. This strip ran for 24 weeks but I have only 18 sundays till now,missing remaining 6..
 So I did two things,firstly used English b/w strips to fill the gap and then translated those in Bengali. Hopefully you will like the effort!(I have tried to bring the feel of Desh in those pages albeit the colors! as unfortunately I have the b/w English version only.)
 And for the Indrajal addicts, this is a special strip as with this one,the Post-Indrajal era was started off (the last sunday appeared in Indrajal was S133 "Death from the Sky"  in Vol.26 No.41). Had Indrajal survived for another extra month,we might had this very nice story in the pages of one of the most famous comic-magazines

 There were 45 Phantom sundailies(by Falk) from the Post-Ijc era but only very few were worth reading....this one was among those very few!
A translated page....b/w scan is from Frew 1465....