5 Comics which we read as Kids and still can’t get them out of our minds

As kids, we Mumbaikkars had our share of reading and getting obsessed with our comics and the wonderful characters they had hidden inside them. Even after we out grew all our up and grew out of our comic reading age we somehow always had difficulty parting with our treasures. Somewhere in a big bulky suitcase or old cabinet we had hidden all our comics. No matter however little homes and cramped places we have here in Mumbai, we always managed to make place for our books. Remember impatiently waiting for the new issue of your favourite monthly magazine, hold it hand, feel the cover page, the crisp and smell of new paper – all makes us so nostalgic… takes us back to our childhood. We would exchange it with our classmates at school, hide it from our siblings, show off our collection to our friends when they would visit our home, read it hidden in textbook all these memories are so freshly etched in our mind that sometimes it feels we are still experiencing our childhood.

If you are a kid born in 80’s or 90’s you know what I mean to say. In those days when TV played on Doordarsan channel and not everyone had a cable connection, parents encouraged their kids to play outdoor games or buy them comic books or magazines to increase their interest in reading and gather knowledge. Ah! Those were the days.

But now-a-days, kids have a starkly different childhood. They prefer reading e-books on Kindle or Laptop rather than paperbacks; they prefer to watch Doremon or Chotta Bheem than read Tinkle or Champak. Or they spend time playing games on their smart phones or gaming consoles. Plus they are so busy in their school and extracurricular activities that they don’t get much time to spend for reading comics. Also the cartoons of the comic strips are filled with more of violence then of good morals or valuable lessons that we used to learn from reading comics.

The names Champak, Chandamama, Tinkle, Archie, Tintin, Mandrake, Phantom, Amar Chitra Katha, Panchtantra take us back into our childhood.

5 Comics which we read as kids as and still would whenever we could lay our hands on them:

  1. Champak

Champak is a Delhi Press group publication, published twice a month. It’s 1st issue was published in 1968. It is published in 8 Indian languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada and Malayalam. It became super hit with kids as it contained short stories, comic strips, puzzles, brain teasers and jokes. It was one of my favorite comic as a kid.

Champak
Champak

2. Chandamama

This was a classic monthly magazine for children, as it was famous for it’s illustrations. It was 1st published in Telugu in the year 1947 by B. Nagi Reddy and Chakrapani, noted Telugu film producers. It is published in Telugu, Sanskrit, Assamese, Hindi, Oriya, English, Kannada, Marathi (as Chandoba) and Tamil. Kids connected with Chandamama because the name means Moon Uncle and as kids we used to always look up in sky in night and admire shiny white full moon and speak as if it were our Uncle.

 

Chandamama
Chandamama
  1. Tinkle

Another monthly magazine which kids looked forward to every month. It was 1st published in 1980 by Anant Pai fondly called as Uncle Pai by everyone. It is published in English, Hindi, Malayalam and Assamese. Tinkle became famous for it’s comic character stories like Suppandi and Shikari Shambu, puzzles etc.

Tinkle
Tinkle
  1. Chacha Choudhary

Chacha means Uncle in Hindi. chacha Chaudhary had become one of the most famous characters among kids after it was first published in 1971 by Diamond comics. Chacha Choudhary was a creation of a well-known cartoonist Pran. Chacha Choudhary was famous for his trade mark big red turban, black walking stick black waistcoat with 2two inner side pockets, always accompanied by his faithful street dog Rocket and his giant friend Sabu.

Chacha Choudary
Chacha Choudary
  1. Amar Chitra Katha

The name itself meant Immortal Picture stories. One of the largest selling comic strip, it was founded in 1967. Published by India Book house and created by Anant Pai or Uncle Pai in attempt to teach kids about our Indian cultural heritage. They mainly published under various categories like

  1. Fables & Folktales (e.g. Panchatantra)
  2. Mythology (e.g. The Ramayana)
  3. The Epics (e.g. The Mahabharata)
  4. Humour & wit (e.g. Akbar and Birbal)
  5. Biographies (e.g. Mahatma Gandhi) etc.
Amar Chitra Katha Logo
Amar Chitra Katha Logo

Though we have now out grown the age of comic reading, but whenever we cross a book vendor or newspaper stand which sells such comics, I am sure we do pause and take our favorite comic in our hand and reminisce our childhood days and also how much that comic has evolved since we read it last time.

Children’s Day is just round the corner. so let’s awaken the child within us. Let us know about your childhood favourite comic and what you especially loved about them.

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