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Later it also published Bahadur , an Indian comic hero created by Aabid Surti. In , the distinctly Indian character, Bahadur, joined the rotation.
Stories involving "The Phantom," Flash Gordon and Mandrake emphasized their roles as heroes, with special powers, talents or sci-fi tools. The remaining characters in the Indrajal universe played out more conventional detective and crime stories. Indrajal Comics commenced with a monthly schedule. The first 10 issues devoted 16 pages to The Phantom, so many of the stories were edited to fit this format.
Twelve pages were devoted to general knowledge Gold Key style and other stuff. The next 19 issues were pages. Beginning with issue 29, Indrajal standardised on the conventional 32 page format. The series switched to fortnightly publication from 35on 1 Jan released on the 1st and 15th of each month. Mandrake made his first of many appearances in 46 15 Jul This issue featured "The Phantom" once again.
Starting with on 20 Aug Vol 26 No 33 , the series once again returned to a fortnightly schedule with 36 pages each. On , yearly subscriptions could be purchased for rupees Each issue was individually numbered until 2 Jan when the editors decided to use a volume and number typical of periodical publications.
Hence, was identified as Vol. The front cover design was also changed, with the introduction of the distinctive Indrajal Comics banner. The cover artwork for the first 50 or so issues of Indrajal Comics was done by B. Govind, with the back cover featuring a pin-up poster. The Indrajal Comics were a full-colour production from 8  onwards, with The Phantom's costume being coloured blue for the first 10 issues in the series, but thereafter the colour was changed to the more traditional purple.
Several of the covers e. Because of The Phantom's close connection to India, the editors made several "politically correct" changes to places and names—Bengali became Denkali there are no pygmy people in Bengal, which would have puzzled Indian readers ; the Singh Brotherhood were known as "Singa" pirates; and Rama the murderer of the 20th Phantom became Ramalu, even though Ramalu is also a common Indian name.
For some strange reason, Ray Moore's work was never popular in India. A total of Indrajal Comics were published, excluding and which were not printed due to industrial strike action. More than half of these issues contained Phantom stories.
A little trivia on how Indrajal Comics were introduced in the various languages prior the Bengali version, which was introduced on the 3rd year of Ijc, on Jan'66, and was 6th in the line So the first 10 issues were published only in these 3 languages. Starting with on 20 Aug Vol 26 No 33 ,  the series briefly returned to a fortnightly schedule with 36 pages each, before the publishers decided to cancel the series in their 27th year of production.
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A total of issues of Indrajal Comics were published, ceasing in April of Issues and were never published due to an industrial strike. The Indrajal Comics contain colorized versions of Mandrake stories, edited with expanded, reduced or omitted panels, to fit the format of the comic book. The stories in the first issues was King Comics stories and later daily and Sunday stories. In the numbering changed from the ongoing numbering to year and issue. So issue became Vol.
The Phantom — The ghost who walks. Hope you would have gone through my earlier posts of — 1. My introduction and about this comics book blog 2. Welcome Post 3. The series began with a daily newspaper strip on February 17, , followed by a color Sunday strip on May 28, At the peak of its popularity, this comic strip from Lee Falk was read by over million people each day. About The Phantom:.
Indrajal Comics (Covers in Bengali)
Mandrake the Magician is a syndicated newspaper comic strip, created by Lee Falk before he created The Phantom. Mandrake began publication on June 11, The strip is distributed by King Features Syndicate. Mandrake is a magician whose work is based on an unusually fast hypnotic technique.
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