7 popular Indian comics which we all read during childhood

Remember the days when you used to spend your entire summer vacation reading the adventures of Supandi or Chacha Chaudhari? Or when you’d buy a Tinkle comic just before you boarded a train and read it throughout the journey? Those were good times.

The comics you read in your childhood are still as popular today as they were then. The only thing that has changed is that they are now also available as e-books too! If you need a little reminder of all the comics that made your childhood special, and deserve another read even if you’re an adult now, here, we made a list:

1) Chandamama:

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Stories based on Hindu myths and deities are always intriguing and worth a second read. We grew up listening to such tales from our grandparents, and this monthly comic book always had a similar appeal. Even now, kids and teenagers turn to Chandamama to help tackle boredom during weekends, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do so too!

2) Chacha Chaudhary:

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This comic book has always been a favourite among kids. And, in fact, it might be responsible for sparking your interest in classic detective novels and stories such as Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys or Sherlock Holmes. Turning the pages of the tales of this middle class and intelligent old man who solves crimes with the help of Sabu, an alien from the planet Jupiter will always be enjoyable.

3) Pinky:

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Inspired by the popular American character ‘Dennis The Menace’, Pinki is a 5-year-old girl who is equally fun-loving and mischievous. Indeed, thanks to her many antics, her neighbours are on high alert when she’s around. Unfortunate for them, but always a funny read for us.

4) Champak:

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This eternally popular magazine gave us some of our favourite comic characters, such as Cheeku, Dadaju and Damru. And besides the stories, the books also have amusing games and puzzles that can keep you entertained for house.

5) Vikram and Betaal:

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Based on Betaal Pachisi, this series by Diamond Comics revolves around a ghost called Betaal and King Vikramaditya. If you remember, the king would carry the ghost piggyback whilst the latter would narrate morality tales to the king. At the end of each tale, Betaal would ask the king a question pertaining to the moral of the story. The variety of stories told by the ghost kept this series entertaining whilst also being instructive.

6) Tinkle:

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Tinkle has it all: a wide variety of characters, stories, quizzes and activities, which is probably why children and adults alike are addicted to this series. Pick up one of the newer editions to find out the hidden superpowers of Vyan along with the siblings Bir and Bala.

7) Amar Chitra Katha:

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Amar Chitra Katha, one of the nation’s largest selling comics, is all about good old-fashioned storytelling. Whether it’s mythology, history, Indian epic or fables, you can be sure that it will keep you engaged till the last word.

We hope this list inspires you to grab a copy of your favourite childhood comic book and dive between its pages again. Did we miss out on your favourite? If so, let us know in the comments below!

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Written by: Disha Mukherjee






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