Indrajal Comics

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Indrajal Comics was a comic book series launched by the publisher of The Times of India, Bennet, Coleman & Co. in March of 1964.

History

The first 32 issues of Indrajal Comics contained "The Phantom" stories, but thereafter, the title alternated between various King Features Syndicate characters, including "Mandrake the Magician", "Flash Gordon", and "Buz Sawyer". Later it also published "Bahadur", an Indian comic hero created by Aabid Surti.

A total of 803 issues of Indrajal Comics were published, ceasing in April of 1990. #123 and 124 were never published due to an industrial strike. 414 of these included Phantom stories.

The Indrajal books often contain colorized versions of Phantom stories, edited with expanded, reduced or omitted panels, to fit the format of the comic book. The stories were mostly daily and Sunday stories, with several Gold Key/King/Charlton stories, some Fratelli Spada stories and one Team Fantomen story.

Language versions

From the first issue in 1964, Indrajal Comics was available in several language editions. English and Hindi seems to have been the main editions, that were published weekly during the entire run of the series. Other editions were added in later years, and were sometimes released with a different periodicity than the main editions. Each language edition had a different registration number with the Registrar of Newspapers for India


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Language First Phantom issue Last Phantom issue Total number of Phantom issues The Phantom's name Periodicity Reg. nr.
English Indrajal Comics #1 (1964) Indrajal Comics Vol. 27 No. 6 (1990) 414 The Phantom weekly 11478
Hindi Indrajal Comics #1 (1964) Indrajal Comics Vol. 27 No. 6 (1990) 414 Vetaal weekly 11480, 39229
Gujarati Indrajal Comics #11 (1965)  ?  ?  ? monthly 11481
Marathi ca 1966  ?  ?  ? monthly, biweekly 11479, 49798
Bengali Indrajal Comics #23 (1966) Indrajal Comics Vol. 27 No. 6 (1990) 392 Betal monthly,twice-a-month,weekly & again twice-a-month  ?
Tamil  ? (1969)  ? (1987) 150+  ? biweekly 35903
Arabic  ? (1977)  ?  ?  ? monthly 31564
Kannada Indrajal Comics #349 (1980)  ?  ? Bethala / Fantom / Phantom biweekly 35904
Malayalam Indrajal Comics #381 (1981)  ?  ?  ? monthly, weekly 11482, 37710
Telugu  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?

Issue overview

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1960's

1964 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
1965 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22  
1966 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34  
1967 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56  
1968 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76  
1969 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100

1970's

1970 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122  
1971 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148
1972 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172
1973 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196
1974 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220
1975 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244
1976 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268
1977 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292
1978 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316
1979 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340

1980's/1990's

1980 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364  
1981 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393  
1982 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443  
1983 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52  
1984 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53
1985 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52  
1986 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52  
1987 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52  
1988 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52  
1989 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42  
1990 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  




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