Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rip Kirby Strips AND the Amur Sisters...

 In India,Rip Kirby was introduced through the newspapers and a lesser-known comic-series in the '70s but the proper(and vast) introduction happened when ToI added adventures of this sophisticated detective in their then-active comic series,Indrajal Comics....on 1982. 
 And soon after, readers became familiar with Rip and his friends like Desmond,Honey Dorrian and...Amur sisters(Tutu and Mumu)!! Well,Indrajal readers will have to put no effort to remember these beautiful and wealthy sisters who were quite frequent in the Rip's adventures..But then,Amurs were introduced with Rip many years before they appeared in the Indrajals' pages,specifically on 1961.
 In the '80s they were portrayed as quite sober and bit rich-girls-have-nothing-to-do sort. They used to accompany Rip in his adventures,always jovial and the good rapport within the sisters was quite visible. was NOT the same back in the swinging '60s,when they used to take each others as sore rivals,were quite wild!!

Besides,they were more beautiful back then.. :-))

Amurs were first appeared in the strip titled 'Too Much Amour' on 1961,drawn by John Prentice. It was quite a story to read where nobody knew how to handle these wild beauties!! And yes,in that strip Wiggers was also introduced..
[This strip,along with 7 others were published in the 296-pager RIP KIRBY Vol.6(1959-1962) edition by IDW. I would recommend this edition for every Rip fan.While IDW's some of the previous editions were not upto-the-mark(reproduction-quality wise),this 6th just fine(it will cost some around 2,500 INR from on-line Indian book-stores)]
Posting some of the moments from that the book is quite big so scanning was almost impossible,so I had to click from this book...

  First...the introduction!! And what an introduction??
 They are both outta grab Rip and poor Rip,he cudn't bear either of Amur girls... :(
 Then...Tutu and Mumu plotting quite a devilish scheme!!  And both ended up adding themselves in an expenditure on ancient Mayans with Rip... 
 That wasn't a peaceful nor a smooth expenditure...
 And finally,they had some hard time there which somehow changed their perspective towards life...(I wudn't spoil the fun by divulge the climax here,so read by yourself!)
 Now another Rip Kirby strip.From Alex Raymond's era - RK08 : Terror at Thames(1948). This has been already appeared in the 1st vol. of IDW's reproduction,but the IDW versions' panels were chopped at the bottom and,some of the finer lines were blurry.So I am posting some pages that I got from a fan who is collecting from different sources, just to show you how the originals strips were back then...
 Story is just fine, about a madcap wealthy woman,who is fond of gambling and hence got the nickname..Betya!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

BIJOYA Special : Comic #115 : Tarzan Daily by John Celardo(Tarzan Meets Countess Oro) in BENGALI

            To ALL friends & visitors.. 
     --শু বিয়া and HAPPY DUSSHERA --- 
 The latest on-going Tarzan daily  at the Bengali newspaper : BARTAMAN! This is a re-run series of old,vintage strips and this one(Tarzan Meets Countess Oro) is from 1965 and 147th in the order...  (The novelty of this Bengali version is that,apart from these Bartaman cutting,no other printed version of these TARZAN strips were ever published anywhere in Bengali.)

In this post,I am posting the Part-I of this strip as it's yet to be concluded. Will post the last part when it will end(scheduled at the end of this month only)..

ENJOY!!(scans of some of the strips are not at-par alignment wise,but there would be no problem reading-wise nor I had any agenda to make a print-ready copy,so..)

Now,who is ITO(ইতো)??
 The boy mentioned in this story,or on that vase to begin with, has a long history and association with Tarzan.Much like what Rex is meant for Betal/Phantom,ITO is for Tarzan.He is kind of foster-father of this lost child he rescued from a crashed plane in mid of a dense forest..
 To to know him better,I would suggest you to read this following tales - centered on ITO(as I don't have the Bengali version,so attaching the original English strips here) :

DOWNLOAD Tarzan Rescues Ito+The Storm(D133+D134 ; 1962)

Between,you can read Russ Manning's TARZAN Sundays(colored) at my other blog Bengali Treasure-Trove(BTT)'s Tarzan section.
 Now,let's discuss something related to my recent old-book hunt.On the last month, I got a very old UK based comic series book,ACTION SERIES from the '60s era,from one of the one of the old-book sellers! This particular book features Mandrake,published exactly 50 years ago,on August 1964 in the United Kingdom. 

  I was at first quite surprised by seeing this 50 years' old UK Mandrake book at Kolkata market,rather odd connection! But then, anything related to Mandrake & Phantom are like treasure for me.
  Between,that seller asked just 20 INR!! (Any other seller would charged a much higher price but somehow he didn't realize it's worth.However, one of the nearby sellers was giving expression like he  missed a good opportunity!! ;-) As On August 1964,Indrajal Comics was just a 6-month-old series,and the Bengali version was yet to introduced - enough to indicate this books' rarity and worth! )

  Back at home,my optimistic mind was hoping for more such Mandrake issues from this publisher but then the famous MandrakeWiki ends all hope as it's clearly mentioned there this was the ONLY Mandrake story published in this UK based ACTION SERIES(there,however, few other heroes were appeared,not much known to us other than Secret Agent X9(Corrigan) and Flash Gordon,though!).

 The story inside was from the 122nd daily strip titled,Master of Magic, also published in the Indrajal much later,on November 1975(Issue No.241(Eng/Hin)/No.219(Ben)).
  • Publisher : Young World Publications(UK)
  • Issue No. : 6
  • Hero Featured : Mandrake
  • Story Title : Master of Magic(D122; 1963)
  • Publication Period : August 1964
 PS - In the UK many publishers tried their hand on Mandrake and among them Miller did the best job..

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My Poetries @e-Magazines(Pujabarshiki)

 Friends,as you know we have two famous e-magazine groups : "Feluda Fan Club" and "Feluda Dreamers official" - both do publish Pujabarshiki(Puja Annual) on every year as they did on this year,1421. Few weeks ago,I have sent my poetries for their consideration. Now, these two e-magazines have released on yesterday at Mahasathi,30/9/2014, and both of my poetries have been selected in their pages!
So a big thanks for the respective editorial groups. :)
In this post I will add BOTH the original links of these two Magazines(Pujabarshiki) from where you can read their "Printed-versions",as well as, My "Original Copies",which I had sent at first place. [While I am posting the original Version for easier access for all, I will always suggest you to download these magazines as there are plenty other fine write-ups/articles..Also their presentation,get-up are top-notch.]
[1] The first poetry was titled "Tumi Acho(তুমি আছো)" which has been published in 'Feluda Fan Club's Magazine "Amra o Feluda(আমরা ও ফেলুদা)" ( .You have to just join the group and download the magazine(my poetry is on page-142).

Direct DOWNLOAD Link : "Amra o Feluda"('তুমি আছো' at p-142)

"NOTE" : There are a couple of 'mistakes' like the 5th line has been repeated and it should had been 'Sada Kash' instead of 'Sada Pal' on the 8th is ok! :)
[2] The second poetry was titled "Runa,Tumi Asbe?(রুণা,তুমি আসবে?)" which has been published in  'Feluda Dreamers official's magazine "Kheror Khata(খেরোর খাতা)"( Here also you simply have to join and download the magazine(my poetry is on page-17)..

Direct DOWNLOAD Link : "Kheror Khata"('রুণা,তুমি আসবে?' at p-17)

"NOTE" : A noticeable mistake like wrong-spelling of should be "রুণা" and not 'রুনা'....Other than this,only a few minor typos like it should be 'ভেবোনা' instead of 'ভাবনা'(which has been repeated for more than twice) and few others..but these won't bother you much,hopefully!
AND FINALLY,I am adding the Original Copies of these two poetries.While I sent 'Runa,Tumi Asbe(রুণা,তুমি আসবে ?)?' in typed-version(Avro) ,I had to sent hand-written version for 'Tumi Acho(তুমি আছো)' due to time-constraint,unfortunately.

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