West Land | Price: INR 195 | Color | Pages: 50 | Size: A4 | Laminated/HardCover
The volume of CineBook releases in India by Westland makes it mandatory that I cover there releases in logical groups, and first-up on that list is our favourite Lucky Luke.
There are no introductions needed for Lucky Luke in India, thanks to Tara Press, who launched a 5 issue set last year, which was covered in detail here at Comicology, along with the respective creator details. While the Southern Indian Comics Readers are more familiar to the Lucky Luke titles through the Tamil Language Comics giant Lion Comics, which has published Lucky Luke titles for decades, though occasionally.
But, CineBook is the first publisher which has gone on printing Lucky Luke Series in an orderly and regular fashion, and that gave us a bunch of Lucky Luke titles at one shot. While they are cover-priced at $11.95, they have been brought to sale in India, at a bargain price of INR 195/- by the Westland Publishers (subsidiary of Landmark Store Chain). Seems they have taken the leaf out of the Tara Press and Euro Books pricing policy to get to the masses. While the paper quality is not as thick as it was with Tara Press Lucky Luke Editions, they are nonetheless in quality either on prints or the package.
|Lucky Luke #1: Billy the Kid||Lucky Luke #2: Ghost Town|
|Lucky Luke #3: Dalton City||Lucky Luke #5: In the Shadow of the Derricks|
|Lucky Luke #7: Barbed Wire on the Prairie||Lucky Luke #8: Calamity Jane|
|Lucky Luke #9: Billy the Kid||Lucky Luke #10: Tortillas for the Daltons|
The Missing Pieces 4: Jesse James and 6: Ma Dalton, have already been released in India by Tara Press, which shows that Westland have taken enough care of not distributing those titles for which rights are held by Tara Press in India. There were only 5 titles published every by Tara Press, and they promised more, but yet to release any more from their brand.
The future titles which have been advertised by CineBook are:
Lucky Luke 11: Western Circus : Jun '08
3 out of the 4 Issues advertised, have already been printed in India by Tara Press, so it means that we could only be receiving Issue #12: "The Rivals of Painful Gulch in India", through Westland, if they continue to release the CineBook back titles in India, which looks highly probable (we could take the inspiration from the Last Page Ad below).
UPDATE (06/09): There are some new Lucky Luke titles released as part of CineBook’s latest 2009 batch in India. For a list of them, refer to the CineBook 2009 batch list over here.