Adventure comics and youth cultures in India

Kaur, Raminder and Eqbal, Saif (2018) Adventure comics and youth cultures in India. Routledge India, India. ISBN 9781138201880

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Abstract

This pioneering book presents a history and ethnography of adventure comic books for young people in India with a particular focus on vernacular superheroism. It chronicles popular and youth culture in the subcontinent from the mid-twentieth century to the contemporary era dominated by creative audio-video-digital outlets.

The authors highlight early precedents in adventures set by the avuncular detective Chacha Choudhary with his ‘faster than a computer brain’, the forays of the film veteran Amitabh Bachchan’s superheroic alter ego called Supremo, the Protectors of Earth and Mankind (P.O.E.M.), along with the exploits of key comic book characters, such as Nagraj, Super Commando Dhruv, Parmanu, Doga, Shakti and Chandika. The book considers how pulp literature, western comics, television programmes, technological developments and major space ventures sparked a thirst for extra-terrestrial action and how these laid the grounds for vernacular ventures in the Indian superhero and superheroine comic genre. It contains descriptions, textual and contextual analyses, excerpts of interviews with comic book creators, producers, retailers and distributers, together with the views, dreams and fantasies of young readers of adventure comics. These narratives touch upon special powers, super-intelligence, phenomenal technologies, justice, vengeance, geopolitics, romance, sex and the amazing potentials of masked identities enabled by navigation of the internet.

With its lucid style and rich illustrations, this book will be essential reading for scholars and researchers of popular and visual cultures, comics studies, literature, media and cultural studies, social anthropology and sociology, and South Asian studies.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 10:57
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2018 16:42
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/78693
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