Friday, 1 July 2005

Supremo!!!

My fascination with comics is a bit more than you could stand! And don't tell me I didn't warn you. Now I present a Comic Hero, which was another first of India. Yes, you guessed it right from the title of this post, SUPREMO! Published by Star Comics, an unknown publishers now in India, but back than (in 80s), they were HOT! Star Comics published India's first ever 3-D comics. The 3-D Comics craze died after a few issues, but these were in high demand back then. I am still in possession  of few issues of those 3-D comics with me. Someday, I will scan one of them, just to keep a piece of history.

Now, back to Supremo! Yes, it was a comic about costumed hero, with a falcon who talks to him. And he is someone else when not in Supremo disguise. You can ask, what’s new about it? This seems like any other costumed hero, but beholds, the personality he is when not Supremo is the catch. It was a comic featuring our very own Superstar, Amitabh Bachchan. Yes, Amitabh played himself in this comics, and while shooting for movies, he gets information about someone in danger by his falcon (I don't remember the name), and takes on disguise of Supremo to save the people. The stories were written by our very own Gulzar.


Gulzar who once penned down the adventures of Supremo (an 80’s comic series inspired by Amitabh Bachchan’s action films) says, “I had a tough time putting together Supremo because I was to make him a combination of Phantom, Superman and Amitabh Bachchan. And with a market that was saturated with Phantom, Superman, Tarzan and Flash Gordon comics. A Supremo speaking Indian English didn’t stand much of a chance. But I am sure Cartoon Network characters will have a longer shelf-life.”


I am not sure how much issues were published, and sadly I don't have any issue with me. I love to buy any or all issues of Supremo. I am fan of Amitabh Bachchan. If anyone wants to sell it, or even rent it, I am ready. I can return the comics after scanning it. I would love to share the scans as well. Please, if anyone has any issue of Supremo, do let me know. In fact, I am so desperate, I can pay for the scans as well. You get the scans done by someone and I will pay for it. I am posting one of the ad for the comics here, as this is the only thing I have on this....

This is what I got on Net for Supremo!
Supremo

Real Name: Amitabh Bachchan

Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Actor
Affiliations: Vijay, Anthony (sidekicks); unnamed falcon
Enemies: Unknown
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: None
Base of Operations: India
First Appearance: Unknown
Powers/Abilities: Supremo has no super-powers. He has the combination of strength to defeat his human adversaries and intelligence to get out of traps laid for him.
History: Unknown
Comments: Apparently he looks very much like Mr. Amitabh Bachchan - one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian Cinema. Supremo was supposed to be the costumed alter ego of Indian film superstar Amitabh Bachchan. He has 2 boy sidekicks -Vijay and Anthony (they are again normal human beings and do not wear any special costume). Incidentally the names of the sidekicks are taken from famous screen roles of Mr. Bachchan. He has a falcon as a pet, who also acts as scout.

More info on Bahadur

Bahadur first appeared in 1978. Written by "Abeed Surti"and later on continued "Jagjit Uppal". It was illustrated by "Govind Brahmania"who usually also illustrated the Indrajal comics covers at that time. First published in 1978 and was named "Laal Inter Bari" (The red brick house) where Bahadur (son of the notorious dacoit Vairab Singh) made his first appearance.

Phantom comics were also published in the Illustrated Weekly, until the publication discontinued. In Bengali it was published daily in Anandabazar Patrika (along with Mandrake on Sundays) and also in the then weekly "Desh" magazine.

Abid Surty also written a couple of non-Bahadur Indrajal-comics based on real stories. One was about "Sultana" the dacoit who was also called "India's robin hood".

Bahadur's father was one of the most dreaded dacoits of Chambal named Vairab Singh

Sukhia's son Deena was brutally killed by Shaitan Singh an accomplice of Vairab Singh, who persuaded Bahadur a lot not to continue building his organisation. He and another dreaded dacoit Kabli-Khan raided Bahadur's organisation only to be defeated by Bahadur in a hand to hand fight.
In Bengali this was named as : "Bahadur o kabli-khan"

Lakhan separated from the groups of Shaitan Singh and joined Bahadur. In the same episode Bahadur met his future wife Bela (the princess of Pipli).
Bengali name: "Bahadur o sada bhut er adda"(Bahadur and the den of white ghosts)

Later after the successful establishment of his organisation Bahadur went to Mumbai for training in martial arts. He defeated the Mumbai underworld mafias.
Bengali name: "Bahadur o kung-fu raja ra",or Bahadur and the kung-fu kings"

There are also several interesting stories, Bahadur and the headless ghost, in another story Bahadur and Bela found out the hidden treasure of his late father.

Also, the following I found on a site :

Real Name: Unknown
Identity/Class: Unknown
Occupation: Unknown
Affiliations: Citizen's Security Force, Sukhia (Police Officer), Lakhan, Mukhia (local village headman)
Enemies: Dacoits, drug runners, smugglers.
Known Relatives: Unnamed father (a dacoit, deceased), Bela (wife), Vishal (foster father)
Aliases: The Brave
Base of Operations: Unknown
First Appearance: Indrajal Comics
Powers/Abilities: Unknown
History: Bahadur was the son of a dacoit, but was raised by Vishal, a police chief. When he reached adulthood, Bahadur decided to fight crime, creating the Citizen's Security Force, complete with a similar force run by his fiance (later wife) Bela.
Comments: Bahadur was based on Indian cinema superstar Amitabh Bachchan. Published by Indrajal Comics, itself a subsidiary of the leading newspaper group, Times of India.
He wore blue trousers and an orange tie-up shirt.