113 (1970) The Grand Prize

Originally run in newspapers as Daily Strips #78 - The Gurk Twins (08 Aug 1960 ~ 29 Oct 1960)

Script: Lee Falk

Art: Wilson McCoy

Summary: Olympics champion Diana is invited to watch the preparations for the Jungle Olympics.

Meanwhile, two disturbers on probation are ordered by Colonel Weeks to act as jungle guides for a butterfly collector. But the troublemakers' new-found discipline is tested to the limits when they stumble upon the unguarded the Phantom Trophy, a magnificent, jewel-filled prize awarded to the winning tribe.
There are some very interesting moments:
  • Attempt to steal the prize
  • Misuse of the Phantom's good sign
  • An opportunity is provided to both thieves winning the prize
  • Finally, they understand their limits. :)
It's one of my favorite comic by Falk-McCoy combo.

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It's scanned and edited by USA based Venkitachalam Subramanian. Once while binding, some panels and part of covers were cut, we can understand his pains. Just tried to fix with my limited knowledge of photoshop.


Here are some examples:


(the cover before fixing)

(before fixing)

(after fixing)

All suggestions for improvement are most welcome!!

17 comments:

Colonel Worobu on 8 July 2010 at 06:06 said...

Nice work Prabhat! Nice to see the fixes. Thank you Venkit for the nice scans!

Venkitachalam Subramanian on 8 July 2010 at 08:23 said...

Good job, Prabhat, with covers and the torn pages.

Colonel Worubu, always glad to share comics.

Bengali Indrajal Comics on 8 July 2010 at 08:57 said...

Thanks Prabhat and Venkitachalam Subramanian.
Masterly fixed the torn page. Prabhat, thats proved your photoshop knowledge is not limited.
Nice works.

chaltaphirtapret on 8 July 2010 at 11:56 said...

उत्कृष्ट ! अविश्वस्निये !! आलोकिक !!! मृतु प्राय पड़े पृष्ठों में प्राण फूंक दिए आप ने तो ! क्या काया-कल्प किया है ! बेमिसाल रूपपरिवर्तन ! बिलकुल नयी नवेली दुल्हन सा सजा दिया आप ने तो !! लगता है मैनेजमेंट के कोर्से में दक्षता हासिल करने के उपरांत भाभी जी की देख में अपने "साज-सज्जा" के कोर्से में भी निपुणता हासिल कर ली है !
अगर फोटोशोप का केवल "सीमित ज्ञान" ही ऐसा कहर ढा रहा है तो "असीमित ज्ञान" तो जलजला ले कर आएगा ! यह सोच सोच के मैं असमंजस की स्थिति में फंस गया हूँ
( अब तो "वेताल शिखर" पर चिठ्ठी डाल कर पूछना पड़ेगा , वहीँ से 'सीमित-असीमित' ज्ञान की सटीक परिभाषा आने की उम्मीद है ,तभी मैं इस असमंजस के भंवर से निकल पाउँगा !)

PBC on 8 July 2010 at 15:04 said...

@Colonel Worobu: what Venkitachalam is doing for fans- without expectation in return - some should learn a lesson.

Fixing is a little time taking process, see myself some faults in fixing, so finding out solutions. What you didn't like, pls say, it'll help a lot to go in right direction.

Keep visiting many more early issues by "honest contributors" are coming.

PBC on 8 July 2010 at 15:08 said...

@Venkitachalam Subramanian: Thanks for opening your treasure for all. Please, let me know about colous and points about improvements. I'll try my best to bring back original look.

PBC on 8 July 2010 at 16:51 said...

@chaltaphirtapret: दुर्घटनावश इन अमोल रत्नों के संग्राहक पे क्या बीती होगी, व्याख्या करने की आवश्यकता नहीं है| अगर एक शख़्स भारत से विदेश ले जाकर, बदले में कोई छोटी सी भी उम्मीद ना रखते हुए, हम सभी के लिए इतनी कोशिश कर रहा है - मेरा भी कुछ फर्ज है| आखिर हम कोशिश कर रहें हैं कि अच्छे संस्करण को इंद्रजाल प्रेमियों को भेंट दें, ना कि स्कैन/रीमिक्स करके कॉमिक्स की कालाबाजारी करें|

"वेताल शिखर" के आखरी स्ट्रिप्स प्रस्तुतिकरण में इससे भी काफी अधिक प्रयास है, जो आप खुद ही बहुत जल्दी समझ जायेंगे|

वैसे, बहुत ही जल्द एक और कार्टून आ रहा है, देखना चाहता हूँ कितनी बार लोग अपना कथन बदलते हैं| :)

praveen on 8 July 2010 at 20:15 said...

Dear Prabhat,
Your modesty will kill all of us one day !!!!!
A lot of thanks, Prabhat, for this perfect reconstruction!!!!!!!!
Praveen

PBC on 8 July 2010 at 20:21 said...

@Bengali Indrajal Comics: Thanks! However I'm in initial stage. Long way to go getting colours like you.

PBC on 8 July 2010 at 22:41 said...

@praveen: I feel, Venkit's part in this digital comics presentation is much more than mine. Observing & working with him more than 18 months. In fact he is modest.

Here some guys scans others comics, first request HIMSELF to post/clean. As one does, behaves like king.

So credits go to venkit.

The Phantom Head (TPH) on 8 July 2010 at 23:24 said...

I have physical copy of this indrajal with me. I have also seen all the previous versions of this very comic posted on net before. And by witnessing all those issues, I was convinced that the printing of this issue was not of good standard, that's why all those was bad prints to read.

But after looking this cleaned and edited version by Venkit+Prabhat, now I really marvel at the dedication of the mentioned persons and at the amount of work it must have taken to bring it to its present state.

Kudos to both of you.

As far as photoshop is concerned, no one can really claim to be a master of this giant graphical software. Those who work on this, call themselves learners only. There is always so much to learn. More one work on this, more things are discovered.

Having used it myself, I can confidently say that it must have taken much time and effort to fix the kind of shortcomings this copy was having. No ordinary effort can produce such result.

और विशाल जैसा धुंआधार लिखने वाला अभी तक और कोई ब्लॉगर मैंने नहीं देखा. इनका जोश और एनर्जी हमेशा मुझे चमत्कृत करती है, चाहे कमेन्ट या पोस्ट लेखन हो या फ़िर सिर्फ़ कॉमिक पोस्टिंग. इनका आना हमारे छोटे से कॉमिक लविंग समूह के लिये इस साल की सबसे शानदार खब़र है.

PBC on 11 July 2010 at 23:16 said...

@TPH: Glad to know you also liked, so the attempt was not gone in vain.

I've many issues (mostly in Hindi), but this one never had. Agree, there are many early issues could be better.

As today the printing cost of one B&W is approx 0.4-0.6 rs/page. Very soon digital laser colour printing price will fall. Who are not ready to take these vintage comics at rate of gold, one day could enjoy printing. It's my one of goals in this round of IJC posting.

About Vishal: He is new discovery indeed. Hoping he would be able to use his energy in right direction & would serve the community SELFLESSLY for long period. In initial stage we should help. The future will depends what he'll do.

Sun Shukr on 12 July 2010 at 14:43 said...

very good dear post some new

Rafiq Raja on 22 July 2010 at 19:29 said...

Such a monumental effort, is clearly visible by the telling effect at which the torn pages are reworked, including the letterings, and the cover which now looks almost in mint condition.

Thanks for all the effort guys, you keep reminding me that I have to pick up a lot in my Photoshop etiquettes :)

Rafiq Raja on 26 June 2011 at 15:18 said...

Dear Prabhat,
Your modesty will kill all of us one day !!!!!
A lot of thanks, Prabhat, for this perfect reconstruction!!!!!!!!
Praveen

Rafiq Raja on 26 June 2011 at 15:18 said...

उत्कृष्ट ! अविश्वस्निये !! आलोकिक !!! मृतु प्राय पड़े पृष्ठों में प्राण फूंक दिए आप ने तो ! क्या काया-कल्प किया है ! बेमिसाल रूपपरिवर्तन ! बिलकुल नयी नवेली दुल्हन सा सजा दिया आप ने तो !! लगता है मैनेजमेंट के कोर्से में दक्षता हासिल करने के उपरांत भाभी जी की देख में अपने "साज-सज्जा" के कोर्से में भी निपुणता हासिल कर ली है !
अगर फोटोशोप का केवल "सीमित ज्ञान" ही ऐसा कहर ढा रहा है तो "असीमित ज्ञान" तो जलजला ले कर आएगा ! यह सोच सोच के मैं असमंजस की स्थिति में फंस गया हूँ
( अब तो "वेताल शिखर" पर चिठ्ठी डाल कर पूछना पड़ेगा , वहीँ से 'सीमित-असीमित' ज्ञान की सटीक परिभाषा आने की उम्मीद है ,तभी मैं इस असमंजस के भंवर से निकल पाउँगा !)

Rafiq Raja on 26 June 2011 at 15:18 said...

Good job, Prabhat, with covers and the torn pages.

Colonel Worubu, always glad to share comics.

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