Saturday, October 27, 2012

Comic #96 & 97 : Two He-Man Comics in BENGALI

  For the first time you can read He-Man comics in this blog .These were published by Diamond Comics in the early '90s in a pocket-book format,priced 3.00 INR each. Never thought that I will post these forgotten comics but after seeing Dr.Ramesh's last post on this series(in Hindi) decided to go for it!
 The whole universe of He-Man,his tiger Battle Cat,Teela,Man-at-arm & others with the arch enemy Skeleton was quite fascinating!
DC published a total of 16 issues,2 stories in each issue, in the 3 languages(Bengali,Hindi & English).But only the first 12 issues were numbered(H-1 to H-12) for some unknown reason. Later some more He-Man stories were published as back-up in the DC-Phantom Digests and Comics World but for me,these 16 issues were the best he-Man stories I ever read,both story & art-wise.The printing quality was fine aswell.
 Now,some of you might remember that hard-plastic toys of the superheroes were quite a craze among the teens  in the '90s and there was a full-set of allmost all characters of the 'Master-of-the-Universe' series aswell.With each toy,which was quite expensive,they used to give a He-Man comic as free!I got a copy(#11 from DC series,allthough that issue had only one story: Temple of Darkness!) as you can see the ads & the cover below:
In this post you will get 2 adventures: Teelar Golpo(Tale of Teela) from issue #1 & Skeletorer Mayajal(The ordeal of Man-E-Faces!) from issue #6.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Comic #95 : RK-D154 : A Post-Indrajal Rip Kirby Daily

 SUBHO BIJOYA(শুভ বিজয়া) & HAPPY DUSSHERA to the ALL friends & visitors!! :)
  This strip was the 1st Rip Kirby daily after the cancellation of RK licence by ToI. The last Indrajal-Rip story was "The Foiled Coup(V26 N29; July 1989)"  based on RK-D153(newspaper title is unknown,ran from 1988-07-18 to 1988-11-05).
  In my early years,I was never a big fan of this cool detective but over time I did like some stories and the ones by RK's last writer, John Prentice(1986-1999), were my favorites among the all RK stories published in the Indrajal Comics between 1982-1989.So I was kinda in a hunt for the RK strips published in the late '80s to '90s. Courtesy of delboj who gave the link of PTN Archive,I have extracted the pdf files from there and followed by a jpeg conversion,the strip is here![Well,from that site one can extract the whole comic-page/day only that used to carry several other strips incld. Rex Morgan,Blondie,Beetle Bailey,Hagar the horrible etc. as you can see in the following page.]

  The scan quality is mediocre but PTNA is the only known source of Rip Kirby's last decades worth.Also,I have no idea if there was any magazine that carried RK '90s strip in English.Well,as I had mentioned before,a Bengali newspaper ABP used to carry RK daily strips in Bengali till the end(1999) but neither they have any on-line archive prior 2001 nor they are interested(I have sent numerous number of mails for the permission,with a payment,but till date I yet to receive a reply!).

  Now,before going for the actual strip let's have a peek,for nostalgia sake, at the initial & end dates of "The Foiled Coup" in the original strip-format & in the Indrajal's format! :)
  • RK-D 154 : Title is Unknown : Ran from 1988-11-07 to 1989-02-04 ( Story revolves around the beautiful Pearl Shelby,the senator's daughter, and her mysteriously disappeared finance which needed Kirby's intervention that leads a good suspense & drama-filled adventure.While one will find Pearl in a quite important & central role,Desmond was missed indeed - appeared only in a few panels!!)
Also,check the 1st strip of the next daily: RK-D155, dated 2-6-1989:

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Score IS 8-0

After the last super-eight game of the current T20 WC, it's the latest score-line of India-Pakistan World Cup matches,both ODI & T20 together!! :) About the yesterday's match,it was a team effort no doubt but the special kudos for Virat Kohali and of course the fighter,Yuvraj Singh!
And this record has been attained over the last 20 years(1992-2012) while the matches were played in various part of the world incld. Australia,India,England etc.