Children and Comics are inseparable. Since the day this art of combining graphics with story-telling was invented, it has been a favorite with children all around the world irrespective of their age. In fact, more than often, you’d find adults reminiscing their childhood days by reading these classics. From the world famous Tin Tin and Superman, to the much Indian Chacha Chaudhary and Billoo, children were never more spoilt for choice in the literary field. In this list, we, the adults, shall try to find out those few comics which we, in our childhood, thought were intrinsically related to us—
Although this list is primarily made for the Indian comics, which we were addicted to in our childhood, nevertheless, a comic’s column without Tin Tin is absolutely trash. Don’t you agree? Translated in innumerable international languages, Tin Tin still engages children in the hi-tech age. the same way it used to engage children 50 years ago! We rate this comic as timeless and ageless!
If there is one comic strip that can be termed as ethnic, modern, rural, urban and timeless all the same time, then it’s got to be Chacha Chaudhary. After all, where on earth would you find a clever old man, with a brain that “works faster than computers”, being assisted by a good giant from Jupiter? We simply love Chachaji who, in spite of giving birth to numerous stereotypes, never fell victim to stereotypes himself!
He is the quintessential Indian boy…naughty, daring, inquisitive, but also homely and loving—all at the same time. What we loved his carefree attitude and a simple lifestyle commonly seen in every Indian neighborhood. And, boy o boy! Didn’t his long and ruffled hairstyle creat a buzz in the early 90s? We bet, if you read just one Billoo comic strip, you wouldn’t be able to rest a while before completing the whole series!
Well, this isn’t a comic strip proper, but a whole comic-strip magazine, which brought a new lease of life to our childhood. Packed with comic-strips that are generally not found in any other magazines, Champak was always a must-read magazine during the early 90s. Now, with the outburst of digitalized cartoons and TV shows, children’s magazines like Champak and Tinkle are, sadly,seeing a major downfall in readership.
Our Indian version of Laurel and Hardy, if we can say so, the comic strip was all about the hearty and ticklish adventures of Motu and Patlu, two friends, in their hometown, Furfuri Nagar. From the names itself you can well imagine how fun filled joyride it was to read this well-written and well-plotted comic strip! Nowadays, this Kripa Shankar Bharadwaj written comic strip is aired o TV as a CGI animated show in Nickelodean channel.
At an age when caste system was much more stringent than now, came this super successful comic strip called Ram and Rahim. They were two friends on a secret mission to diminish evil from the land. Their undying friendship and love for each other indeed created a revolution back in those days. Although issued on a monthly basis, the children of those days used to wait for the summer holidays to get hold of the special editions of Ram-Rahim in the much celebrated Manoj Comics. If you’re yet to read any of their adventures, go for the Dracula one, you’ll love it!