Sunday, June 9, 2013

Comic #101 - Saytaner Dweep(The Devil's Island) by Mayukh Chowdhury

Those fans, who used to read Bengali comics since '70s to '90s, are much familiar with one of the finest & unique illustrators(& script-writers) of original Bengali adventure comics : Mayukh Chowdhury!! He was one of those lesser exposed yet quite talented artist we got in India.The thing I loved most,and still get fascinated,is his dynamic & realistic art where you can't predict the panels' size nor shapes. Infact,he took full liberty of comic-book-format,which gave him much scope to showcase his talent,unlike the restricted boundary of newspaper comic-strips!
Some of his old arts were once compiled by Deb Sahitya Kutir - one of the leading book publishers in Bengal - in June 1982 along with 3 other artists incld. the famous Narayan Debnath!The title of that 16-story special comic edition was "Chobite Adventure(means Graphic Adventures)". [The cover is bit torn as the book is more than 30 years old,so bear with me,but I was lucky that the inside pages were all in good shape..In my knowledge,only another fan & avid reader cum blogger,Indranath has this rare book in his collection!]

One of those hand-picked was Saytaner Dweep(The Devil's Island) - a full-color thriller based on a true incident happened near California,US.

Post Script - A couple of trivia: (i)For some strange reason,original photograph of this famous late artist is not available with us but some artists who met him personally,drew his image which you can see as follows incld. the b/w art done by N.Debnath.

(ii)A huge compilation of his several creations was published few years back by a publisher, Lalmati,which covered most of his work,if not all!The printing was decent,some few pages were in color too, but the reproduction was inferior compare to the original old printing which was ,infact,much better as I have some of his old stories from Suktara magazine!

Now,read the full story of Saytaner Dweep here as I am posting all single pages to avoid MF's constant deleting of the d/l links!


Mahasthobir said...

ময়ূখ চৌধুরীকে নিয়ে এই পোস্টটি ভালো লাগলো।
কমিকসের সাথে প্রচুর অসাধারণ Illustrationও করেছেন। সে ক্ষেত্রে P.Roy নামটা নিশ্চয় তোমার চোখে পরেছে। প্রসাদ রায় এবং ময়ূখ চৌধুরী এই দুটি নামেই তিনি পরিচিত ছিলেন...যদিও দুটিই ছিল ছদ্মনাম। আসল নাম ছিল শক্তিপ্রসাদ রায়চৌধুরী।

ওনার কোন photograph নেই এটা সত্যি দুঃখজনক। নারায়ন দেবনাথ ময়ূখ চৌধুরীর ছবি এঁকেছিলেন কমিকসের একটি চরিত্র হিসাবে। সেখানে উনি খলনায়কের সঙ্গী একটি খল চরিত্র।
তবে ময়ূখ চৌধুরীর অল্প বয়েসের একটি self portrait আছে। সেটা দেখলে ওনার চেহারা এবং দক্ষতার একটা আন্দাজ পাওয়া যায়।

Mr. Walker said...

@hojo: really thanks for this post..the covers look really between, who draw them?

@mahasthobir: thanks for this special info. if u have any documents/pics related to mayukh chowdhury, pls provide. we are planning to scan all types of Bengali comics in one place.. @ the blog is in developing stage..hoping it will be officially opened this week.. u will be invited..

HojO said...

@MS : Tomar onake niye ei informative poster jonno thanks!!:)Amar jana chilona je P.Roy onar arekta 'choddo-naam' na onar original name ta!Thanks very much..
Lalmati je "Mayukh Samagra"publish koreche tate hoyto onar rare creation gulo sob ache but printing quality was ordinary! :(

@Walker: I donno who drew that,might be one of them?But not like done by MC.

Mahasthobir said...

ময়ূখ চৌধুরী কমিকস সমগ্র-র cover ওনার আঁকা ছবি থেকে করা।
ছবিতে অ্যাডভেঞ্চারের cover, title page এবং কমিকসের fly-র ছবি গুলো এঁকেছিলেন তুষার চ্যাটারজী। 'তু কা চ' এবং কান্তিতুষার নামেও sign করতেন তিনি।



HojO said...

@MS : U r master of Bengali comic history!:)

@IB : I don't know,hopefully MS will come up with useful infos..

Mahasthobir said...

Sorry Hojo, I'm not that person you mention. I'm just a comics collector/lover, not the master of comic history.

And also dont have the answer what Indranath ask for.

But once I have seen a self portrait of MC. Below his drawing he signed as P.Roy with few words in bengali "আমার বয়স যখন ১৭" (১৯৪৩).

HojO said...

But bro MS,you have answered,to some extent,Indranath's query something that we haven't any idea!Isn't it you are more aware of these Bengali creators among us?? I do believe it and that's why said that,not in full jest,to state the truth! :)