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Adventure comics and youth cultures in India

Author: Raminder Kaur; Saif Eqbal
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Comic books, strips, etc
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Raminder Kaur; Saif Eqbal
ISBN: 9781138201880 113820188X 9781138358683 1138358681
OCLC Number: 1081111245
Description: xiv, 225 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Action India --
The making of modern mythologies --
The golden age of the Indian superhero --
Gendering graphics --
A haven of super creativity --
The fantastic familiar --
The state of the nation --
A forensics of evil --
Readers' worlds --
In one of my dreams, I defeated America --
Future presents.
Responsibility: Raminder Kaur and Saif Eqbal.

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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 Chaudhary 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 extraterrestrial action and how these laid the grounds for vernacular ventures in the Indian superhero comics 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.

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'With an irreverent verve wholly befitting their subject matter, Raminder Kaur and Saif Eqbal take us on a magical mystery tour of north Indian superhero comics, a genre which, despite its ubiquity Read more...

 
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