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Indian Comics

Indian comics (known as Chitrakatha) are comic books and graphic novels associated with the culture of India published in English and a number of Indian languages.

India has a long tradition of comic readership and themes associated with extensive religious myths and folk-tales have appeared as children’s comic books for decades.Indian comics often have large publication. The comic industry was at its peak in the late 1980s and early 1990s and during this period popular comics were easily sold more than 500,000 copies over the course of its shelf life of several weeks. Currently, it only sell around 50,000 copies over a similar period.India’s once-flourishing comic industry is in sharp decline because of increasing competition from satellite television (children’s television channels) and the gaming industry.

Over the last three decades Diamond Comics, Raj Comics, Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha have established vast distribution networks countrywide and are read by hundreds of thousands of children in a wide range of languages.Famous comic creators from India include Aabid Surti, Uncle Pai and cartoonist Pran Kumar Sharmaand famous characters are Chacha Chaudhary, Bahadur, Detective Moochwala, Nagraj, Super Commando Dhruva, Doga, Suppandi and Shikari Shambhu. Anant Pai, affectionately known as “Uncle Pai,” is credited with helping to launch India’s comic book industry in the 1960s with his “Amar Chitra Katha” series chronicling the ancient Hindu mythologies.

This is a list of Indian comics.

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