For most adults today, the decades of ’80s and ’90s were a wonderful period for fans of comic books. Remember the times when we could not wait for the summer vacations to start so that we could go to our nearest book stores or libraries?
A lot of amazing content was created in that era with the superhero’s nestled in a well-structured storyline. These interesting stories were often mixed with other folk tales and loved by all of us.
Raj Comics, Diamond Comics and Manoj Comics were few of the leading comic book houses in India in the golden era of comics. Marvel, DC Comics and Archie comics were the most sought amongst the English comics.
Let’s take a trip down the memory lane with some of these amazing comics of 80’s and 90’s
Nagraj is a fictional superhero appearing in Indian comic books published by Raj Comics created in the late 1980s by Rajkumar Gupta and his sons Manoj Gupta, Sanjay Gupta, and Manish Gupta.
Nagraj is believed to have been inspired by the mythological Ichchhadhari Nag. This ageless deadly superhero gave quite some thrills to us as kids. Those blue eyes, dark hair and the well-built green body were too awesome to ignore. Click Here to read.
Knightfall is the story of a Batman which was published by DC Comics. It consists of a trilogy of storylines that ran from 1993 to 1994, consisting of “Knightfall”, “Knightquest”, and “KnightsEnd”. Click Here to read.
Tinkle was a classic and no less than a treasure for kids with power-packed stories, puzzles and quizzes. Maybe that’s the reason it is still one of our favorite comics. Today, the digitalized version of Tinkle is available online. But nothing can match the joy of reading that hard copy. Click Here to read.
Chacha Chaudhary and Sabu need no introduction. These awesome comic book characters were created by cartoonist Pran Kumar Sharma. The comic comes in ten Indian languages including Hindi and English. Click Here to read.
Who doesn’t remember Archie and his friends?
The comic is set in the fictional small town of Riverdale. The characters in the comic teenagers were Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle and Sabrina Spellman. First published in 1942, it became the longest-running publication of the company, which relaunched the comic with a new look and design suited for a new generation of readers, in July 2015. Click Here to read.
Spider-Man sent every kid on a spider hunt, wishing for the same powers as Spider-Man. The friendly neighbourhood spidy was even more popular than the Superman as kids could relate with the character more than an alien i.e., Superman. Click Here to read.
The Preacher is an American comic book series published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics. The series was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon with painted covers by Glenn Fabry.
Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer is accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis, the infant of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon. The incident flattens Custer’s church and kills his entire congregation. Click Here to read.
Ahh and then there was our sweet li’l Pinki, the protagonist of the comics series by Diamond Comics characterizing the five-year-old naughty and outgoing girl. The Character of Pinki was created by cartoonist Pran Kumar Sharma in the year 1978. Click Here to read.
The Sandman is a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics. Though it was introduced in 1989, the real significance of Sandman’s vaunted success occurred throughout most of the 1990s. Click Here to read.
For those who wanted some real comical stuff along with thrill, Bone was a perfect choice. Bone is an independently published American comic book series which was written and illustrated by Jeff Smith. Mr. Smith’s black-and-white drawings were inspired by animated cartoons, are singularly characterized by a mixture of both light-hearted comedy and dark fantasy thriller. Click Here to read.
This one was a personal favourite as it was the first space adventure comic available in India. Flash Gordon was the hero of a space adventure comic strip by the same name, penned and drawn by Alex Raymond. It was first published in January 1934, and some say that it was inspired by Buck Rogers adventure strip. The comic revolves around Flash Gordon, a handsome polo player and Yale University graduate, and his companions Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. Click here to read.
Last but not the least, our very own Champak, a popular fortnightly magazine for children published by the Delhi Press Group since 1969 in India. Champak has a story for every child’s interest and imagination. The excitement of waiting for the next edition of Champak is still etched in our mind and the charm of simple yet engaging stories is unforgettable. Click here to watch videos of Champak on youtube.
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