Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Russ Manning's TARZAN Sunday Strips in BENGALI

 Anandamela(AM),the popular Bengali teen-magazine,used to publish Tarzan's sunday strips from the very beginning of it's publication(April,1975) and the early strips were from the famous Tarzan artist - Russ Manning's era(1968-1979)! Have a look at a couple of Tarzan pages appeared in the '80s AMs,featuring the final two RM strips(S24 : Tarzan Returns to Pellucida & S25 : Tarzan and the Games of Ibizzia ).The quality of inking was pretty decent.(I have added the english counter-part as well.)
 For the readers of old AM,you should have remembered that at the early stage,AMs were published in the pocket-book format before shifted in the current giant format since the mid '80s. :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Comic #59 & 60 : A couple of Post-Falk MTM Sundays

Today enjoy a couple of MTM sunday strips from the Post-Falk era..
First,an edited and reconstructed version of already published strip, S181 - Trick Stealer, and another new one,S184 - The Bank Mystery. I've edited both strips which were originally in a weird vertical shape(have add one for example) send by Dan.So have to edit for more comfortable & conventional reading!

In the last 2-3 months I was fortunate enough to receive plenty of Falk-Fredricks strips(from Dan) covering the '60s to '90s eras.And the best thing is,all strips are colored(except few),so you will see more in the coming days! :-)

  • S181 - Trick Stealer(2-6-2000 to 5-28-2000):
This was earlier published by Bala in his blog and when I was checking that old post for reference,suddenly one very unpleasant memory comes up in my mind,which Bala had discussed in this post in a very fitting moment . That period of time,our comic blogs were rather badly attacked by one stupid & very jealous,cheap minded person,who used to steal links from original blogs & add those in his own "pirated" site(under a fake name)!And the worst part was that person,himself being a blogger & so-called moralist himself,still did that back-stabbing act!Through some technology & other sources of fellow bloggers,we got enough proofs against that culprit,learnt his original name & the location.Since then,in the blogging world, he's infamously known as "The Pathetic Hell-hound"(Old-timers surely got the link,ain't?? ;o) ).
 Then ALL bloggers had unitedly protest against his act and posted their feelings through their own blogs( I was no exception!).Finally that idiot had to delete that fake blog & disappeared for a long time to save his own image,whatever left.. :-) We didn't posted those "proofs" on-line after that.
Now,few months back, one fellow blogger told me that he has once again started blogging and investing his free-time in showing-off  his "talent" in another field,bit different from the stealing/copying other's work! ;-).As some of us were cracking jokes(on him) while chatting,one told me "hopefully, he'll stay that way,as we still have all those proofs!!" Rightly so....

Now,let's enjoy this new version(have a look @the original vertical strips,which were used to publish in some US magazine,and the reconstructed one).

                                        Download The Strip

  •  S184 - The Bank Mystery(3-18-2001 to 7-22-2001):
This is one of those Post-Falk strips that deals with one of the dreaded and long-time enemies of Mandrake & Lothar,Mole! This time,you'll see him back in action,with some twists @the end! :-)


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

4th Anniversary Celebration: Comic #56 - 58: Special Indrajal-Mandrake STRIPS' Post

 Continuing from the on-going national celebration,there's a very small(& personal) celebration lies ahead as well,since today this blog-space,The Lost World,completes 4 years. :-) I have enjoyed this special e-space only due to our comic-blogs and went on posting since April,2007(in my own pace though),otherwise, I might not even had registered as a blogger @1st place(just to run any non-comic site).By the way,this IS my 119th post. 
 So thanks to all the fellow bloggers and the visitors as well,for keep visiting this little site regularly(even when there's not much posting) and that results over 1,00,000 page views till date(however,site-meter has been added after ~7 months in the blogging,since 4/11/2007).
 Back in 2007,I had ONLY ONE passion and that was to get old issues of Indrajal Comics,as much as possible & in any of these languages : Bengali & English & even Hindi! After the FOUR good  years,now I can admit that,while Indrajal Comics(which we fondly refer by Ijc) will always be remained special for me and I will cherish reading whatever have collected in all these years. Saying this, the major change in the last 4 years WAS my exposure with the newspaper strips,which were,in fact,the original sources of most of the Indrajal stories of Phantom/Mandrake/Flash & other western heroes. Before my introduction with blogging & comic scans,I had very little idea/exposure with this format(strips), but gradually with time I've found a deep association with these "original form"(which is now becoming only deeper & stronger) and hence trying to collect strips as much as possible.
 And this desire/approach to get the stories in their "original format/shape" sometimes forcing me to see, what we got in the Indrajal(& DC), in a poor light(unfortunately yes!) i.e. those heavily edited/elongated panels,re-lettering etc. which ToI did just to fit the panels in their book's format! While undoubtedly my love towards this amazing comic series,filled with loads of nostalgia & passion for me,will always be there but end of the day have to accept the truth as well.
Now,in order to celebrate this special moment,let's enjoy some of the following Sunday Strips of Mandrake the Magician and for this time,I've selected only those which were published in the Indrajal in a different & edited format.You just need to read these,and have to compare with the respective Indrajal versions(available scans/hard copies),to see the difference.Nevertheless,I've enjoyed the both versions and hopefully all of you will do same!And all of these are based on Central-Galaxy.

(Scans of Indrajal versions of these following strips are already available on-line.)


  • S137 - Narq's Conquest(Ijc No.334 - Invasion Of The Earth ;1979):

                                                    Download S137
  •  S151 - The Evil Star(Ijc Vol.22 No.23 - The Predator Star ;1985):

                                                      Download S151 

Now,let's enjoy the longest ran MTM sunday of 89 weeks covering 1984-1986....
  • S154 - The Central Galaxy(Ijc Vol.23 No.47 & 48 - Magnon's Glorious Reign ;1986):

Saturday, April 2, 2011



Man,I'm @Ecstatic state(like ALL true Indian fans) & all most TOP OF THE WORLD(CUP). Since childhood,I was hearing one famous quote saying "Ostader maar sesh rate(Leader's master-stroke @the end moment)" and today WE ALL HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS!!!!!
Thank you dear Captain Dhoni(91* of 79 balls) for this WORLD-CUP-WINNING knock,we love you!!! :o))

Once again,THREE CHEERS FOR once again BRINGING BACK THE GLORIOUS PAST TODAY!!! Will post loads of pics in next few days but can't write more right now, signing off here!! 

And fianlly,on this VERY GLORIOUS MOMENT of our Cricket,I'm now withdrawing the contents of this post which was an outburst of a frustrated fan!! sorry guys for that.:))