Harshdeep 2.0

May 19, 2008

Indian Superheroes

Filed under: Cartoons, Comics — harshdeep @ 3:37 am

The other day I was waiting for a friend for a movie at the theater in a nearby mall. To while away some time, I entered a comic store.

I was surprised to see an entire shelf full of Indian titles – Devi, Sadhu, Snakewoman, even Ramayana 3392AD which – the name says it – is a futuristic adaption of the epic story. The artwork is astounding and the story settings don’t look bad. The company behind the titles is Virgin Comics which has people like Richard Branson and Shekhar Kapur as founders. One of the founders, interestingly, is named Gotham Chopra.

I did not see Pavitr Prabhakar on the shelves. He is the Indian Spiderman with really bad sense of dress. Apart from what seems like a upper-half-skin-tight-lower-half-free-flowing kurta, desification is complete in characters’ names as well – he fights Nalin Oberoi, not Norman Osborne and Mary Jane becomes Meera Jain. The storyline remains almost the same though.

The new brigade is fine. But remember the old home-grown favorites – Nagraj, Super Commando Dhruv and the rest of the Raj Comics gang? Some quick googling revealed that they are still alive and very much kicking. The latest Super Commando Dhruv offering is called World Wide Web. Obviously it’s about giant spiders. Ahhh… the nostalgia

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