Archive for the ‘Myths’ Category

His cold voice causes shivering in the bones

June 1, 2010

That’s an old jungle saying.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I’ll try to be more regular. But here’s what’s going on with me in the comicbookworld.

I’m rediscovering, the legend of the Ghost Who Walks! And what a magnificent legend it is. He is the nemesis of pirates, evildoers and slavers across the world – the Ghost Who Walks, the Man Who Cannot Die, the Guardian of the Eastern Dark – Kit Walker a.k.a the Phantom.

He draws the pistol quicker than any gun in the west and he shoots to disarm. He was one of the first masked heroes in the world – before the Shadow or the Green Hornet or the Lone Ranger.

It’s been over 400 years that the Phantom has been around. The first Phantom washed up on the shore of Bengalla and was nursed back to health by the Bandar Pygmies who were slaves to Giants. His name was Christopher Walker.

For those who came in late:

On the skull of his father’s murderer, he swore an oath by firelight as the pygmies watched. “I swear to devote my life to the destruction of piracy, greed, cruelty and injustice, and my sons and their sons will follow me.”

And so the line continues, to the current day, 21st Phantom. His name is Kit Walker, who was raised in America and married Diana Palmer – started as a nurse and now a diplomat for the United Nations, a diver and well-trained (Black belt in Karate) athlete. They married in the year 1977, the year I was born. Cool, ain’t it?

The Phantom (created by the legendary Lee Falk) started as a daily strip, making his debut on February 17th 1936. He remains one of the few who is still published as a daily in 2010.

For those who believe:

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Hail, Me Hearties!

June 17, 2008

Adventure on high seas, pirates, and a woman who is out the get them!

Some times you come across stories that make you wish for a different life. This is definitely one of them! Bringing you a wild tale of a woman Lady Sin, who takes on a ship full of rough sailors and has them follow her into a war of vengeance against a legendary and notorious pirate – Captain Blackjack Tom, in a story that defies the odds and turns out to be one helluva comicbook to read.

This is story of El Cazador – the hunter.

It is a story of vengeance and of high sea adventure.

The Beginning

the adventure begins

The death of Captain Hidalgo

the death of Hidalgo

The Lady who becomes Captain

the stowaway

Lady Sin

The Hunter

the hunter

Extraordinary Art

the attack

extraordinary

Featuring the extraordinary artwork by pencils of Stephen “Silent Steve” Epting, the colours of Francis “Stutterin’ Frank” D’Armata, the fine lettering of David “Deadhand Davy” Lanphear and a bold tale of a woman’s destiny and retribution, written by Charles “Chuck” Dixon (a.k.a. Cap’n Nubbie).

Brought to life in comicbook format by CrossGen Comics.

An Epic Indian Adventure retold. Hello world!

May 11, 2008

The comic books I’ve read over the years have been mostly in English (because very few are available in Hindi or Marathi, my mother tongue) and are consequently stories from and of people outside of India. Whether it’s Richie Rich or Superman or Tintin or Iznogoud or Asterix or any of the other dozens of comic titles..it’s always been about another country, a distant adventure.

Here’s an Indian one.

Presenting the Ramayan 3392 AD (not the epic itself, but building on it). Published by Virgin Comics. Cover art by Alex Ross.

Hello lord of lightning and thunder!

March 31, 2008

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