Monday, April 10, 2017

I is for Indrajal Comics

For the letter I, it is Indrajal Comics. For kids who grew up in India in the 1980s (and definitely earlier), the superheroes they knew more than Superman or Batman were Phantom (aka The Ghost Who Walks), Mandrake the Magician, Bahadur, Flash Gordon (not the Flash from today's CW series, incidentally one of my favorite shows on TV!),  Rip Kirby, Dara, and more from the Indrajal Comics. These were published by The Times of India from  March 1964 to April 1990, from Phantom to Dara, in multiple Indian languages.  Many were saddened when the last issue was published but we hold onto the comics we do have, and read them and re-read them, and read them all over again with our kids. Between my brother and I, we do not have too many of our original Indrajal Comics remaining now (thanks to many lost in the black hole of borrowed-land) but we treasure the few that remain and I scour for old comics in second hand bookshops whenever I can during my trips to India - both of us siblings hoping to recreate the magic, the fun of reading these comics with the next generation.

Phantom Indrajal Comics
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Dara Indarajal Comics Last Issue  
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Q to the reader:  Who is your favorite Indrajal comic hero (if you have read these comics)? For me, it is Mandrake. If you have not read these comics, who is a favorite comic book hero from those that you have read?

Signing off on the letter I (a little later than planned!) as I continue on the #AtoZChallenge and #UltimateBloggingChallenge 


  1. Surprisingly despite being an avid reader wasn't much into comics while growing up. Interesting post.

  2. I didn't get to read these comics. Though I have read Chachaji Chowdhary, Pinky etc.
    Nostalgic post thanks for sharing:)
    Best Wishes!

  3. Cool comics, when I was young I collected comics.

  4. I never saw these in the UK! They look great. I read The Eagle and my comic book hero was Dan Dare!

    Another day in Amble Bay!

  5. Interesting! When I was growing up, we didn't have comics but did have a few cartoons on TV.


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