Top 5 Indian Comic Book Publishers
Comic books and graphic novels are popular across the globe. You’ll find comic book readers everywhere except the places where humans don’t exist. The global phenomena has taken over the world. Every country produces their own comics or a variation of comic books. Even India has few popular comic book publishers. Many may think that there is no big comic book publication in India. But Indians too love cartoons and comics characters & storylines. So, let’s take a look at the top 5 Indian Comic book publishers.
First in our list is India’s most iconic and popular comics publication ‘Raj Comics’. The New Delhi based publication house was created by the trio of Sanjay Gupta, Rajkumar Gupta and Manoj Gupta. The comics line has created some of the most popular Indian superheroes like Nagraj and Super Commando Dhruva. In the late 80’s and 90’s Raj Comics became a household name. Their characters gained immense popularity and remained relevant till the late 90’s. According to official figures Raj Comics have sold more than 100 Million Copies till date. With changing times the comics line has also shifted to digital platforms and their mobile application for readers. It would be exciting to see characters like Nagraj and Super Commando Dhruva featuring in some mega tv series or making a mark in a superhero film on the big screen.
Diamond Comics is one of the oldest comics publications of India. The Delhi based comics publication was founded in 1978. The comics line has given birth to one of India’s most popular comics characters ‘Chacha Chaudhary’. The character is one of the longest running Indian Comic characters. Chaudhary is an old man whose brain works like a computer and is partnered by a super strong giant who helps him in solving problems.
Amar Chitra Katha
ACK Comic aka Amar Chitra Katha is another iconic name in the Indian Comics industry. The Mumbai based comics publication was established by Anant Pai in 1967. The comics line is famous for its simple storytelling of complicated legends and epics. Amar Chitra Katha mostly focuses on mythological stories, folklores, historical epics and Indian Literature. The publication mainly targets children and teenagers. Amar Chitra Katha also showcases their stories through cartoon animation & films on television and social media platforms.
Lotpot is a comic magazine published under the ‘Mayapuri Group’. Mayapuri Group started in the 1880’s. The Group also launched its weekly Hindi magazine ‘Mayapuri’ which is India’s oldest and largest hindi weekly. The group under A.P Bajaj also launched a children’s magazine. The comic magazine is circulated in both English and Hindi Language. It even reached a circulation of 225,000 and 175,000 in the respective languages. The comics have given popular characters like “Motu Patlu”. The characters also have a popular animated series which has been running for more than a decade on Nickelodeon India.
The final and perhaps the most prominent & relevant name at this point of time in the Indian Comics Industry is ‘Graphic India’. The comics and animation line is trying to bring revolution in the Indian comics & animation industry. Their efforts are praiseworthy as they are trying to revive & revamp an Industry that almost reached its virtual end in the late 90’s or the early 2000’s. Their motto is to create comics & animations which can match the American and Japanese comics & anime. They have created some quality content across platforms. Graphic India has created shows like ‘The Legends of Hanuman’, ‘Bahubali The Lost Legend’ and ‘Chakra The Invincible’. Where Chakra’s character was created by legendary comics creator Stan Lee. Graphic India has shown a lot of potential and is one the biggest hopes for Indian Comics & animation Industry.
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