Around the late 1980s, when Indrajaal Comics was beginning to close shop and Amar Chitra Katha was printing re-runs, three brothers decided to open their own comic book publication house. In their quest for the Indian super hero, Raj Comics was born.
After 25 years of producing an entire galaxy of superheroes, Raj Comics is the largest comic book publishing house in India. They have published more than 5000 titles and are home to more than 20 characters.
But, what is the world of Raj Comics? Who is the Raj Comics superhero? Where does he operate? What does he protect? And what does he protect it from? What role does the trinity of Law, Justice and Authority have to play in these comics?
Surrounded by all these questions, a man rides in the city, certain that something has gone horribly wrong and needs to be saved. Certain that this time it is his turn to be the saviour.
The book can be accessed and downloaded from the Sarai archive.
Research, Art Work, Design and Layout: Amitabh Kumar
Research Co-ordinator: Shuddhabrata Sengupta
Project Co-ordinator: Monica Narula
Produced as part of Sarai Media Lab’s Research Project on Raj Comics and graphic novel culture in Delhi.
Published by The Sarai Programme, CSDS, Delhi, India.