Comics Era in India began around 1947, and people went crazy for comics in India. During this time comics were an expensive mode of entertainment and were only purchased by rich kids. Yep! That’s true. During this time, comics in India used to parade the glory road and were objects of desire.
Initially, most comics were based on mythology and Indian folktales. Eventually, Indian comics started inclining towards creative superheroes with their superpowers. This was the most exciting phase of Indian comics when they used to be printed only. Soon after we saw the doom of Indian comics walk through the door. The electronic and digital media like television, gaming, and big budget movies took over. At Comicstan we pledge to bring back those golden days of the comics, this time using the electronic and digital medium to our advantage. – Know more About Us
Now let’s talk about the most amazing historical facts of Indian Comics.
1. The Peak of Indian Comics
Oh Yes, Indians were ComiCraaazy about their favorite comics. During the 80’s and 90’s, on an average, Indian comic book distributors put together could easily sell about 5 Lakh copies in just the first few weeks of a new release.
2. Indrajal Comics
Did you know Indrajal Comics was launched by Times of India during the 60’s? They released 32 issues/episodes of ‘The Phantom’ by Lee Falk in India.
3. First Indian Comics
‘Chandamama’ was launched in July of 1947, even before India gained independence, by B. Nagi Reddy in Telugu and Tamil languages.
We at Comicstan are sad to see the state of Chandamama in India. Hardly anybody knows about this pioneer of the industry. (Blog Coming Soon)
4. Amitabh Bachchan and his Comics
During the 80’s, when Bollywood was rapidly becoming a religion, our favorite Angry Young Man, the Big B himself became a comic character known as Supremo – the masked superhero.
5. The Downfall of Printed Indian Comics
Today, the average number of printed copies that the biggest distributors in India put together, are able to push off their shelves is less than 50,000 in an entire month. That’s about a tenth of what it used to be back in the day. However, the population of India has almost doubled. Yes! Double the number of prospective buyers, but one-tenth the sales.
We at Comicstan were amazed to find out about the vast and interesting history of the Indian Comics industry. You too can become a contributor in making comics popular among the youth in India.