Kalia the Crow, Characters in Indian Comics Series – Informative & researched Kalia the Crow is a fictional comic book character featured in the popular 12 plays, 4 essay-books, 4 autobiographies and 2 travel stories. Kalia is a Tinkle toon, a crow and the main character of his titular series, Kalia the Crow They are both depicted now in Coco, a story line advertising the cereal. Read Kalia: The Crow – 1 book reviews & author details and more at Free delivery on Good stories on kalia n the gang. Read more. Helpful.

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INR 80 Color Pages: I hope everyone are enjoying another weekend with nears and dears, and to those in India, who are enjoying another long weekend, on account of Indian Republic Daywhich falls on Jan Anant Pai inwith the help of media-mogul India Book House IBHhas had a continuous run spanning more than issues, till date. Anant Paiwho is fondly called as Uncle Pai, was a known figure in children’s magazines, with his already well established Amar Chitra Katha ACK, foundedand the brand Tinkle only made him more famous among masses.

The idea behind starting a comic book series devoted to Indian culture and history came to Pai from a quiz contest aired on Doordarshan in Februaryin which participants could easily answer questions pertaining to Greek mythology, but were unable to reply to the question “In the Ramayanawho was Rama’s mother?

Mirchandani of IBH, who also took charge as the CMD of Tinkle late when it was formedwhen most other publishers had rejected the concept. Later, he took on the role of writer, editor and publisher.

The series went on to become a publishing milestone for the Indian comic book scene, selling over 90 million copies of about titles as per last count till the end of On the other hand, Tinkle was an instant success with a circulation ofcopies in India, at its peek, by which the comic book Tinkle has managed to capture the imagination of children since s. Eventhough, it is now published mostly in English, but at the times of its popularity, it had its presence in many Indian languages. The th issue of Tinkle was released on Apr 18,with a grand function.

I noticed this set on newsstands when they were reprinted earlyand grabbed them first-up. This special post, is to highlight the history of these Indian Genre characters, while introducing readers to this new collectibles. The first Tinkle Special, collects some of the favourite stories stodies Kalia, the Crow, which kalua considered a flagship character of Tinkle magazine. Luis Fernandes, the current Editor of Tinkle magazine, and an integral member of the Tinkle creative team, originally proposed this idea, amidst mixed reactions from his fellow colleagues, because of the sheer reason that Corw customs often consider Crow as inauspicious.

But, Anant Pai, along with another colleague, Subba Rao supported Fernandes in his idea, which motivated him to utilise the help of artist Pradeep Sathe to give his idea some form. Eventually it turned out to be an USP for the series, contributing to teh stardom. While the majority of the fans felt this as a heroic act, there were some fan base who rated Kalia as interfering busybody, snatching away food from the animals, for whom the nature had intended them as a rightful prey. The justification for this criticism, was soon felt by Fernandes, and he quickly tried to base the new storylines in a different setting, where in some stories Kalia was even shown helping, and rescuing Doob-Doob and Chamataka from several incidents.

Sathe resigned from Tinkle in lateand he never drew for Kalia again. When I first started drawing Kalia, I kept to the original construction and the way in which he had been formed. More than the humour associated to it, it goes to show that Kalia has made an impact in many children’s memories, which they carry over even after their teens, and try to impart it to their kids, and so on. No wonder it continues to remain one of my favourite comic characters ever to have been released in India.


Thus, this Special collection turns out to be a favourite pick for anyone who shared the same passion. The second Tinkle Special, collects some of the favourite stories of Suppandi, the village simpleton, which is considered the most famous among the lot offered by Tinkle.

Suppandi made his debut in Tinkle No. For a change, he was not originally conceptualized by the creators of Tinkle. Ths was born out of 3 narrative stories sent by P. Varadarajan from Chennai makes me proud, as I a Chennaite too. The concept was rendered into comics format in Tinkle studios, with the illustrations by one of the famous yesteryear artists, Ram Waeerkar.

Even though, stories of dim-wits, always had an universal appeal, Suppandi fans would not describe him as a fool. He is more a simpleton, who gets into troubles because he insists on thinking for himself, then being dictated by the orders of his master.

Best example, is in the very first story, where his mistress wants him to call a doctor as she has a fever, but instead of following orders as any other domestic help would, he gets a brainwave tue decides to treat her himself.

The consequences of course are, as expected, disastrous. No wonder, Suppandi was an instant success with Tinkle readers, as they were able to relate him to every day common man found in their locality no pun intended. Suppandi is loved across genre, by children’s, teens, and adults. Need I have to say that this is my favourite character too, as it goes without saying from the narration above. The Adventures of Shikari Shambu: There biggest rival that time was another children magazine named Target, run by Living Media.

Unlike Tinkle, Target was more a narrative magazine, with a few pages of comics. Tinkle always wanted to create a character which can stand toe-to-toe against Moochwala.

Luis Fernandes then worked on producing the first story, which was originally named Shambu, before Subba Rao prefixed Shikari meaning Hunter, in Hindi to the name. Some of his editorial team-mates had reservation over the use of the name Shikari, as the Wild-Life Conservation theme was in its prominence. But, the sheer charisma of the name, they and Edtor Pai, decided to let it continue.


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But, contrary to the name, the creators ensured that Shambu never would shoot or kill any animal in any of its episodes. More than that, creators slowly even disassociated him from his trademark hunting gun, after few episodes. One of the reasons for the popularity of Shikari Shambu, was due to the comical illustrations of the artist, Vasant Halbe.

Halbe, who was a freelancer at Tinkle that time, had impressed the editorial team with his earlier teh. The sketch went on to be the among the flagship character of Tinkle. But I think both our styles have blended beautifully. Till date the creators have managed to hide the eyes of the famous hunter from public viewing. In the case of Tinkle the success was instantaneous, perhaps crwo it came piggy-back riding on Amar Chitra Katha.

The 40, initial book kakia sold out, and new orders started pouring in from dealers. When I conveyed this news to Mirchandani, he was srories moved that for the first time I saw tears glistening in his eyes. I have also often been asked questions about the title of the magazine.

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I remember Subba Rao, my associate editor, and I were pondering over various possible alternatives. When one of the staff members said there was a tinkle meaning a telephone call for me.

Since the change in the ownership of Tinkle brand, the new company ACK-Media, has ensured that these collectors items never run out-of-stock, as they continue to do reprints, on a regular interval. No secret, that I am one of the frequent visitors to the online store.

All the stories contained in these specials are from the original writer and artist, and the cotemporary cover design, which adds a classic touch to the series, is designed by Arjun Gupte. To turbo-charge you for the same, here is a sneak-peek into some of the first page of the first ever comic strips featuring the respective characters, found in these trio of collections.


That completes our review of the Tinkle Collector Specials. If you liked this post, then I would be eager to hear your comments on the samefor which you could use the section below.

On the next Tinkle comic post at Comicology, we will look at the other famous characters which were missed out from these collector items from Tinkle, but certainly are no strangers in the popularity among comic fans.

Stay Tuned to know more.

And just for a reminder, the Voting for Best of is now complete, and the results are announced. Please pay a visit to the blog post, to appreciate the winners in different categories, and commemorate the first-ever Comicology awards, which will be a regular year-end feature hence forth, probably with few more categories as we expander to a bigger level.

Thanks to all those who have voted and commented in the post already. Have bought all these collectors Specials Some Time Back. Very Worthy Collections to get back into nostalgia.

Thanks for the post. Hope to get many more from you in the near future. Rebel Ravi, Change is the Only constant thing in this world. It is crazy that publication stopped or slowed down, but luckily they have been on sale in the last few years. Loved Suppandi, one story I recall, he has dosa stuck in his teeth, don’t know what else was there.

So over to him. Thanks for your comment after a long time at Comicology. I would love to post more scans, but the copyright issues sttories help that matter. So, we have to restrain ourself from having a preview only. Kabeesh, Tantri, and other stars will be discussed in my next Tinkle Comics post.

TCP; Good to see your comment after a long time, eventhough I know you have been a very frequent visitor to Comicology offlate. Suppandi is indeed my favorite star too, no wonder New Tinkle is using him as their mascot offlate. I will update this post, when the next post on Tinkle is updated at Comicology. So, guys stay tuned. A nice review post on Tinkles,which also were a very popular series. I still have a lot and lots of Tinkles,but will certainly go for this collector issue.

Thanks for your return visit buddy. But the A4 Size, and a foreword from Tinkle Editor Fernandes, is reason enough to pick up these collector items. Good to know that you share the same feeling. Happy Browsing, and I would love to see your comments in other comics posts at Comicology too, if that’s not asking for more: Great read, this took me way back. I am one of the fans writing “Death to Kalia”, which begins at volume 1 http: Growing up in the etories we have had exercises in writing classes to take fairy tales like the Goldilocks and rewrite them to make them fit real situations in the present day.

A few of us started tossing around Kalia’s stories and trying to make sense of it in a modern context. And so was born Death To Kalia, where Storiew protects the lesser animals for extortion money and where the readers–who have already sympathized with Kalka and Doob Doob in the original Kalia–taste some retribution as the odds finally fall in favor of the duo.

And that is our spin on Kalia. I reprinted this comment on my blog because I was so proud of it. Here is a trackback: Welcome to Comicology, and thanks for recording your first presence here.