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Indian comics are comic books and graphic novels associated with the culture of India. India has a long tradition of comic readership. Indian comics often have large publication; however, the industry still remains immature compared to that of Japan, which is the world's largest producer of serious graphic novels and animation. Due to widespread use of English language, Indian comics and graphic novels tend to be more stylistically similar to western comics, than the manga, manhwa and manhua of India's Asian neighbours.


The early years

The distribution of comics in India is more recent than the European, American and Japanese industries, but is nevertheless almost 60 years old. Despite the publication of about 100 million copies a year, comics in India are still largely dominated by American characters, and local production remains marginal. One of earliest attempts is by comic magazine Chandamama. Chandamama has published in more than 5 languages since 1947. It developed from the adaptations of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata in the 1960s, to educational comics for children, caricatures in print media, and adaptations of American superheroes.

One of the early Indian comic authors was Aabid Surti, who published the first 3 panel strips Dhabbuji based on the protagonist who is a lawyer by profession and is witty, in the magazine Dharmayug. In the 1970s he also created a character Bahadur for Indrajal Comics which proved to be quite...
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