Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Of Comics in the Days of Yore

Amba: A Saga Of Revenge
Amar Chitra Katha's new offing
Read a comic after long, long, really long - and that too from the iconic Amar Chitra Katha Series. The vivid illustrations, bright colour schemes and the crisp narrative - it all took me back to my childhood days when my brother and I, both comic freaks, used to devour these books like maniacs. We were hooked, and I secretly dreamt of owning a comic book shop, where I would just hoard all the comics instead of selling them. We both read anything and everything – so long as the book had colourful drawings and nice cartoons. Fascinating tales from the Amar Chitra Katha series, Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Mandrake, Phantom, Tintin, Archies, Nandan, Champak, Lotpot – we read them all! Though our ever favourites were the home-grown superheroes Super Commondo Dhruv and Nagaraj, and the friendly lot of Billu, Pinki, Raman, Channi Chachi and Tauji.

Then there were some other popular ones too, that did not enjoy our patronage, the likes of Chacha Bhatija, Motu Patlu, Bankelal and Doga. Their plots were quite flimsy and more often than not, stolen from their popular counterparts.

Chacha Chaudhary and Sabu
Photo Courtesy : www.chachachaudhary.com
And last but not the least, what child of the 80’s India can forget the madcap exploits of Chacha Chaudhary and Sabu! Chacha Choudhary, our desi quick-witted investigator and Sabu, his friend and companion from the planet Jupiter – what a formidable pair they made. And icing on the cake were the two lines that defined them. At every important turn of event, a well placed asterisk took us to those epic lines:

*Chacha Chaudhary ka dimaag computer se bhi tez chalta hai.
*Jab Sabu ko gussa aata hai, door kahin jwaalamukhi phat-ta hai.

Ah, I am getting all nostalgic. Let me go read about some of Sabu’s recent adventures online now. Hope you enjoyed reading about this post. Do share what comics you read as a kid and who were your favourite comic book characters!


  1. Ah, this is so relatable....in fact, even i had a stroke of nostalgia a couple of days back when i suddenly felt a strong urge to read Tinkle.
    So, i checked the website of Tinkle (Amar chitra katha) and was about to order a few.

    As a child, i grew up alongside chacha chaudhary (saying it was my fav, that would be an understatement). I literally fed myself on chachau chaudhari....at one point of time, i had this whole small iron box full of these comics...but my mom and my governess plotted something behind my back and they sold all of them one day :'(

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Ritesh! 'A small iron box full of comics', yeah, looks like every other household had that 'comics trunk'! Even we had that, but thankfully no one in our house thought of getting rid of it. :)