Monday, May 17, 2010

From Superhero to Supremo: A saga of comics

The illustrations of 'Supremo' series were designed by renowned art director Pratap Mullick of Amar Chitra Katha fame. And the surprise of surprises- the script consultant of the Supremo series was none other than noted filmmaker and lyricist Gulzar.

Those were not the days of Internet or play stations, when youngsters grew up among comic books. From the treasure trove of Amar Chitra Katha, the unputdownable ‘Tinkle’, to a plethora of fictional characters - mostly superheroes in the forms of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Phantom, the magician Mandrake and his constant companion Luthur, the tiny Tintin and his funny gang, Asterix and what not, comic books had a wide range and variety to offer. Not to forget the desi superhero Bahadur and his consort Bela of Indrajal Comics series.

But amidst these, whole lot of varied collections, something unusual made its presence felt. A whole series of comic books on Amitabh Bachchan! I bet today’s youngsters have not even heard of that and will find it hard to believe. Sounds incredible, but it was a reality somewhere in the early eighties. The comic character was name Supremo and was supposed to be the alter ego of Amitabh Bachchan.

Full report here Merinews

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