10 Comics We Grew Up Reading

It’s the 90s. The TV has 10 channels, give or take. The internet is in infancy. If there was one thing that got us through childhood and adolescence (even adulthood in many cases), it was our favourite comic books. Life was about poring over them all afternoon and priding ourselves on our treasured collection. Nostalgic already? Here’s a recap of 10 comics that will take you back in time.

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Tinkle

For Rs.50, we got our monthly dose of entertainment. It was the only time learning met fun, with characters like Supandi, Shikari Shambhu, Tantri the Mantri, Kalia the crow, we learnt basic morals in the most intricate hilarious way ever. The quizzes and little puzzles increased our brain points by many a dozen. Supandi and his friends are still the most pleasing memory of our childhood!

Amar Chitra Katha

Although it started off as a way of introducing to Indian Mythology, it became much more than that. Whatever little knowledge or interest we ever had in Mahabharat or Ramayan, was all thanks to Amar Chitra Katha, it made reading history fun. If only our education system ever tried to teach us history in that way, wed all be able to recite the major developments of our freedom struggle like they were nursery rhymes.

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Tintin

Tintin and snowy, any comic book list is incomplete without these
two. His adventures throughtout the world was our insight into the
unknown. Tin-tin still engages kids in online comics as it did years ago
during our childhood. Tintin is a young reporter who gets involved in
dangerous situations with help from his four-legged partner in crime to
save the day. It was later adapted into cartoons and movies.

Akbar Birbal

The whole idea of a sidekick started off from the Akbar Birbal series. The whole idea was to seek the extraordinary in the ordinary! Watching him outsmart all the self-proclaimed witty ones was something that made us explode with laughter. His comics are the reason it still feels weird to watch any King Akbar movie without Birbal being a part of it.

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Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes was one of the first comics which was so famous that
it was published in the newspapers as well. Calvin and Hobbes followed
the humorous antics of Calvin, a precocious, mischievous and adventurous
six year old boy and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger. It was left us
smiling like an idiot.

Chacha Chaudhary

There is one comic
strip that can be termed as timeless, then its 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(its a pretty big deal
even now, so imagine then), 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 any stereotypes himself!

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Marvel/DC

Batman, Superman, The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, The X-men and the
likes are what the modern comic books consisted of. The NRIs always had
to bring back a bunch of these because we never had enough of the
superhero drama with galaxy wars and saving the planet and fighting for
humanity.

Archies

Archies comics were all about this cool teenager and his amazing school life. Which kid doesnt relate to this? You were either like him or wanted to be him. Despite being US based, we still loved Archies. His antics with Veronica and Betty, his shenanigans with Jughead and his occasional wise cracks made for an amazing read.

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Phantom

The purple masked vigilante made his way into our hearts just like he sneaked around the town saving folks and fighting crime. One strip and we were already hooked. Its bewitching story line was too good to be ignored

Champ

Before Tinkle happened, Champak was the magazine for kids. Many a days were spent trying to read it in Hindi, even though it was difficult, everyone made the effort. Its short stories, puzzles and jokes were always imaginative and dominated by animal characters.

The main image for this article was sourced from Pixabay.

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