We are comics crazy, are you?
When did we progress from comic books to Instagram comic posts to pass our time? Summers were all about lounging and reading our favourite comics and as we grew older they were about finding special editions to treasure. Watching Marvel films and knowing what’s gonna happen and geeking about the plot twist that wasn’t in the comic book was pretty common for those who devoured the books. We are as crazy about comics as Sheldon Cooper and the gang from Big Bang Theory! It’s International Comic Book Day, and we made a list of comics for you to read away over the weekend!
Don’t you want to go back to laughing hysterically at Supandi’s antics and admiring how clever Kalia the crow was? We surely do! Originally owned by the India Book House, the Tinkle brand was acquired by ACK Media in 2007. What are you waiting for? Hunt for your old Tinkles’ and have fun.
2. CALVIN AND HOBBES
Most remember Calvin and Hobbes as the regular comic strip in our newspapers, but we remember them as comic books that taught us lessons and showed us what friendships were all about. Sure there are IG pages, which post excerpts of these beloved characters created by cartoonist Bill Waterson, BUT nothing beats the books!
What’s not to love in a comic about a reporter and his faithful dog going on adventures solving crimes? Tintin and Snowy, created by Hergé, are such fond memories that have linked themselves to the summer holidays that if we read them today, it will make us feel young again.
4. THE AVENGERS
Long before the films, came the comics, and we are so grateful to Stan Lee for giving us Marvel and these characters that we have now come to appreciate even more on the big screen. However, we are ALWAYS going to be a little biased towards comics!
5. STAR WARS
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away… That’s the start of a story with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader and more. Ya, you have seen them in movies, but reading these comics by Marvel is another thrill in itself. SPOILER ALERT! Like when we realised that Darth Vader was Luke’s father!
6. CHACHA CHAUDHARY
A favourite of children and adults alike, Chacha Chaudhary, created by cartoonist Pran Kumar Sharma, was a staple for everyone back in the day. ‘Chacha Chaudhary ka dimaag computer se bhi tez chalta hai’, was something we read often and boy do we still remember it!
Archie comics was our introduction to the teenage life of Americans. Diners, burgers and milkshakes, girlfriends and love triangles; we read them all. The one thing we can say is, once you start reading them you are hooked and how! Be it Archie, Veronica, Beth or Jughead, it’s hard to pick one favourite character from the comics that were brought to us by Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
8. ASTERIX AND OBELIX
What did the small Gaulish town have that the great king Julius Caesar didn’t have? A magic potion, brewed by their druid Getafix for the main character of the book, Asterix and none for Obelix who fell in the potion as a baby. One of the most popular Franco-Belgian comics written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo in the world, these are all collectibles now.
9. JUSTICE LEAGUE
A fictional team of superheroes in America who are here to save the day. We got the Snyder cuts now, but we have been reeling on the DC (Detective Comics) for years and we cannot stop. You could be Batman or Superman lovers, but in the Justice League, they all work together.
10. THE PHANTOM
Skilled fighter and marksman,genius-level intellect and someone who used advanced weaponry to fight, that is who the Phantom was! This costumed crime-fighter created by Lee Falk is ‘The Ghost Who Walked’. We love him, and hope you do too!
11. 100 BULLETS
Those who are die-hard fans of comic books would have read them. 100 Bullets is a revenge crime series that has so many layers, it got us reeling! A must-read from the DC (Detective Comics) family.
12. AMAR CHITRA KATHA
You must be living under a rock if you haven’t read these. Most of the comic books by Amar Chitra Katha (ACK Comics) told us the stories of epics, historical incidents, biographies and religious stories. This was a way of teaching children the rich heritage of India and presenting them with values.
There are so many more comic books to read, we lost count! Tell us about your favourite comic books of all time and we shall start collecting them too!
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