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 Commando 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.
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 the 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 this post. Do share what comics you read as a kid and who were your favourite comic book characters!