(Last Updated on : 09/12/2011)
Star Comics is a popular Indian comics magazine
published and distributed by India Book House (IBH). Star Comics became much popular amongst comics readers in India during 1970s and 1980s. Star Comics did not consist of any original Indian characters and thus the publication depended heavily upon popular international characters like Batman, Superman, James Bond 007, Laurel and Hardy etc. Star Comics acquired the license to print comics of these well known western titles. The publishing house also distributed comics of the famous characters Tarzan and Korak, son of Tarzan, which were published by Published by Kiran Comics in India. The comics of Tarzan and his son Korak were under license from Edgar Rice Burroughs Incorporated, USA. Star Comics had only one original Indian character named Supremo, which was based on the popular Hindi film actor Amitabh Bachchan.
Publication History of Star Comics
Star Comics was published by India Book House (IBH) on every fortnight, which meant 2 issues of the comic book was published every month and a total of 24 issues were released in a year. This schedule of publishing comics was the general trend during that period. Most of the other publishers also followed the same frequency in publication.
Characters of Star Comics
Star Comics printed and published the most popular international characters which include-
, a superhero from the planet Krypton, was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics, USA.
, a masked superhero and a vigilante with no superpowers, was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and was published by DC Comics, USA.
* James Bond 007
, a secret agent, was created by Ian Fleming.
* Laurel and Hardy
, based on the popular actors Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, was owned by Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation, USA.
was a superhero character which was based on the popular Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. It was the only comic book character created by the comics company Star Comics of India Book House.
The publishing house also distributed the comics of Tarzan and his son Korak. Tarzan, the ape man, was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was published by Kiran Comics and Star Comics solely acted as the distributor of the comics series.