"The NEXT BEST thing to a LIVE Thriller"....

....remember this famous caption of Indrajal Comics in the late '80s??(though it was applicable rightly from the beganning!!!isn't it ,friends??:o) )

Being an ardent Indrajal fan,I've cherished every bit of these 'long lost' gems!!! Thus,it's NOT only the original 'comic-pages' but those ads/other stuffs do matter for me a lot! :-)
In short,each & every "Indrajal Pages" are 'priceless gems' for us! Isn't it friends???

From the last few days,I was just curious how many "Indrajal-pages" were published in TOTAL(incld.those Covers/Ads/Features etc besides the original comics ) in those 803 issues!
So I'd looked in this matter more seriously & matter of fact,after bit research I delighted to learn the exact 'figure'(wid some interesting stuffs too!!) .....it's simply amazing, friends!:o)

Now,while the first 28 issues(Ijc No.1 -No.28) were contained 28 pages each(allthough first 10 issues contained 16-page comic each,while next 18 issues were 20-24 pages each of same...rest pages were filled wid some G.K. kinda stuffs!).Then Indrajals were published in conventional & most familiar 32-page format (except one 'bumper' issue,No.49 of 48 pages!)which ran for more than 23 years(Ijc No.29 -No.788/Vol.26 No.32) and it covers 757 issues(out of total 803) !!So it's pretty clear that this 32-page format was almost a characteristic features of this amazing comic-series!
Then in August 1989,i.e. just before 8-9 months of cancelation their series,ToI briefly converted Indrajal Comics in a 36-pager(Vol.26 No.33/No.789 - V27 No.8/No.805) which includes last 17 issues!

So,numerically the TOTAL 'Indrajal Pages' are 25,668(for a TOTAL 803 issues) !!!!
Wow!! A HUGEEEE TREASURE!!ain't??? :o)

Personally,I don't prefer to collect books/comics just for sake of collection(i.e. not intend to read actually).That's the reason why I'd rejected most of the times those B-graded Buz/Garth/Nomad/Corrigan etc with crappy Charlton/King-Phantom/Mandrake/Flash which covers more than 170 Indrajals!Well,I'd collected some of these(~50) to find-out the essence,but I was really disappointed! :-(
But,NOT NOW onwards!!!!! ;O)) Things have been changed quite a lot in the last few months & nowadays I'm looking for any Indrajals which are missing(irespective of titles/heroes) from my collection(physical) or even those I've as cover-less,i.e. missing those 4-page front/back covers! Allthough I don regret much for not taking those(B-grade etc) ,as surely I'll not read them anyway,even if I get them(still ,a few exceptions are bound to happen ) ;).

But obviously I will check those 'other' stuffs like various ads & Henries(love it,love it,love it!!!)/Chimpoo/Babua etc cartoons & of'cos Timpa Comics(loved this kid-detective series!!) ....even in IJC's last days,that funny Agent003(comic-Bond!).Then,there are many various informative-yet-mindblowing Features like Riplies(simply wow!!!) or Capries(Fans loved it's funny dispalys wid 'amazing infos' in each of it's 45 pages!!) or World's tale(Fans mostly loved it's infos on 'Jurasic periods'....ohh,art-work also fabulous wid great write-up!) and many more which are no less important/nosatlgic for us!!!:o)

Between,talking about my 'newly' found addiction/motto(to collect ALL Ijcs 'irrespective' of heroes/publications),fact is I've already collected some ...and looking for the rest!!No doubt,I've enjoyed those 'other stuffs' featured in 5-6 pages of 'these' Ijcs much more than the comic instead!!:-)))

Now coming to an another topic,do our Indrajals Lovers have noticed that the headers of 'Indrajal Comics' were changed for as much as four times!!!
Here's some display of cover's in which headers were changed with times.After the glorious introduction in 1964,the first change was happened in 1967 .

Then in 1983, Indrajal converted in typical Vol.No. category from the individual No.s so also header converted in a pretty larger size!

The last change was happened in 1989 when Ijc briefly returnted in a forthnightly schedule from it's 7-year-long weekly pattern!

Finally,the price!! I still remember,even that price-tag(it was at the bottom side of cover,earlier in a box & later in a circular or simply in an open-format) itself make me nostalgic,since I'd re-started my 'Ijc-hunt' few years back! In the glorious ~27-year-run,Indrajal-fans experinced a pretty cheap price(compare to 'other' comic-publications) which started with 0.6/- (in 1964) & finished at 6.0/- (in 1990) per copy!!! wow!!! even those ordinary Diamond Comics were relatively higher rated!!

P.S.- Forgive me for such a longgg post,but I guess this one is a real informative and a good serve for those looking for intimate details of their loves & NOT only the creamy-part (i.e. ONLY the Comic-pages n nothing else...unfortunetly which's a charcteristic nature of many a 'so-called' Indrajal Lovers in our blogs. :-/ )
Beside this,also I've to confess one thing....I'm simply loving it (i.e. sharing/writing something on these lost gems!) ;o)

8 comments:

adibud34 on 19 February 2008 at 08:44 said...

Nice post, Sagnik. BTW - that S21 strip you had posted earlier isn't working - the file is corrupted or something. Do you have any Garth comics? Some of the Garth comics were quite sexy ones! ;)

Alienali on 22 February 2008 at 13:36 said...

Thanks for the comics. I am a huge fan of inderjals. Its sad that most of the other heros were sidelined by IJC but they are interseting reads anyway. Please post comics of other heros as well, if you have them.
Thanks again.

comic.crazy on 22 February 2008 at 19:08 said...

Sagnik, nice informative post about Indrajal Comics!

CC

MaNdrAke dudE on 22 February 2008 at 21:52 said...

@Ad34: I didn't post any S021(either of P/M)...so,check the strip#!

@Alienali:Thanks for showing interest!! It's sad that MOST of so-called Ijc-fans r interested ONLY in major characters n ONLY those pages....i.e. they even don give much importance to those 'other' stuffs like 'Riply/Henry or Capry/Chimpoo'etc..then last but not the least...various ADS which are true essence of ol'd era of Indrajals!!!

You may get back those P/M/B stories,but NOT those stuffs!

You r welcome...keep coming! :-)

MaNdrAke dudE on 22 February 2008 at 21:57 said...

#CC:
Welcome! Yes,in the last week,suddenly this idea arised in MY crazy mind(about counting WHOLE pages of Indajals) n I did a research accordingly!! ;o)

As I told to Alien,most readers r NOT interested in 'other' stuffs in Ijcs,but those r NO less important ....In afct, those r pretty close to my heart...I love 'EACH n EVERY' Indrajal-pages!!:-))

Nice to learn you like my article!

Cheers...

Rafiq Raja on 26 June 2011 at 15:13 said...

Sagnik, nice informative post about Indrajal Comics!

CC

Rafiq Raja on 26 June 2011 at 15:13 said...

@Ad34: I didn't post any S021(either of P/M)...so,check the strip#!

@Alienali:Thanks for showing interest!! It's sad that MOST of so-called Ijc-fans r interested ONLY in major characters n ONLY those pages....i.e. they even don give much importance to those 'other' stuffs like 'Riply/Henry or Capry/Chimpoo'etc..then last but not the least...various ADS which are true essence of ol'd era of Indrajals!!!

You may get back those P/M/B stories,but NOT those stuffs!

You r welcome...keep coming! :-)

Rafiq Raja on 26 June 2011 at 15:13 said...

Thanks for the comics. I am a huge fan of inderjals. Its sad that most of the other heros were sidelined by IJC but they are interseting reads anyway. Please post comics of other heros as well, if you have them.
Thanks again.

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