You are about to take a journey into how the concept of comic book heroes has changed over the decades. Starting out with the classics, we move to the more recent super heroes where it seems that Hindu mythology has taken the Indian comic industry by storm!
1. Chacha Chaudhary
Super famous and loved by all, Chacha Chaudhary was the cool comic book kids used to spend their pocket money on in the 80s and 90s, when it was immensely popular. The series even had a TV show in the 90s. In 2009, Diamond comics tied up with License India to produce an animated series. The comic follows the adventures of Chacha and Sabu as they deal with different situations where Chacha uses his wits and Sabu his strength to defeat the bad guys.
Nagraj is one of the first super powered super heroes to hit the Indian comic book shelf. Created in the late 1980s, Nagraj is one of the longest running Indian action comic superheroes. He has super abilities like immortality, super strength, venomous breath, acid spit and the ability to conjure snakes from within his body. 3. Parmanu
Started in 1991 by Sanjay Gupta, Parmanu is another product of Raj Comics, adding to the ever increasing number of Indian superheroes on the comic medium. The story revolves around Vinay who acquires a super suit which makes him Parmanu (Atom). His suit gives him the ability of super speed, super flight, atom blasts, teleportation etc.
4. Super Commando Dhruva
First published in 1987, Dhruva is seen to mostly be associated with other superheroes and groups. He was born into a couple who were trapeze artists at a circus, where he acquired most of his acrobatic and martial arts skills. Although Dhruva does not possess any inherent superpowers, he makes up for it with his detective skills, scientific knowledge and acrobatics and martial arts.
Odayan is a dark-hero series by Level 10 Entertainment, published in 2010. Odayan is the story of an underprivileged child, who takes control over most of the 15-16 century Kerala with his might and fierce Kalaripayattu.
6. Ramayan 3392 AD
Based on the Ramayana, Ramayan 3392 AD was written by Shamik Dasgupta and his team in 2006. The story deals with a post-apocalyptic world where the last kingdom of humans is fighting against demons to survive. The human prince, Rama alongside his brothers, aim to defeat the demon lord Ravan in order to bring balance to the world.
Inspired by the 2001 New Delhi incident when a Human Sized Ape like creature was rumored to be terrorizing the capital, Munkeeman is explained as a misunderstood Superhero who was the result of a failed scientific experiment. The series was released in 2011 by writer and director, Abhishek Sharma.
Kalki stands for the tenth incarnation of Vishnu, meaning holocaust. Created by Karan Vir, Kalki is shown as a dark, slender, handsome and youthful boy in his mid-teens who holds extreme hatred for all things unethical, corrupt and inhuman. He behaves like any average boy but in the night he goes hunting down the enemies of humanity- the modern day demons.