Friday, March 28, 2014

Tales of Shiva: Shiva the Fisherman

Tales of Shiva: Shiva the Fisherman
by Subba Rao (script) and C. M. Vitankar (art)
Amar Chitra Katha, 1978 (reprinted Oct. 2001)

In a mood to try some comics from non-US publishers, I decided to examine some Indian / Hindu religious comics, released under the imprint of 'Amar Chitra Katha' ('good reading') from publisher India Book House in Mumbai.

The Amar Chitra Katha comic books were started in1967, and by 2013 included over 470 titles, over 90 million of which have been sold. These comics are aimed at children, and are designed to provide an education in Hindu culture as well as imparting a moral message.

Below I've posted one of the three short comics appearing in 'Tales of Shiva': an episode titled 'Shiva the Fisherman'. If you are used to Western religious comics - such as, for example, the Jack Chick publications - then 'Shiva' will be quite a change of pace.....

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