Jan 25, 2009

Tinkle – Kalia | Suppandi | Shikari Shambu | 2007

ACK Media | Price: INR 80 | Color | Pages: 72 | Size: B5 | HardCover

I hope everyone are enjoying another weekend with nears and dears, and to those in India, who are enjoying another long weekend, on account of Indian Republic Day, which falls on Jan-26.  In keeping up with the spirit of India, here is an Indian Authentic Special Comics Post.

Tinkle LogoIf you had spent your childhood in India and in 80’s and early 90’s, then you are sure to get an euphoria of sensation when you hear the name of “Tinkle”.  Tinkle, is a Monthly Children's Comics Magazine, which was originally founded by Dr.Anant Pai in 1980, with the help of media-mogul India Book House (IBH), has had a continuous run spanning more than 600 issues, till date.

Dr. Anant Pai / Uncle PaiDr.Anant Pai, who is fondly called as Uncle Pai, was a known figure in children's magazines, with his already well established Amar Chitra Katha (ACK, founded 1967), and the brand Tinkle only made him more famous among masses.

The idea behind starting a comic book series devoted to Indian culture and history came to Pai from a quiz contest aired on Doordarshan in February 1967, in which participants could easily answer questions pertaining to Greek mythology, but were unable to reply to the question "In the Ramayana, who was Rama's mother?"

He left his job at Times of India, and started ACK the same year, with the help of late G.L.Mirchandani of IBH, (who also took charge as the CMD of Tinkle late when it was formed), when most other publishers had rejected the concept. Later, he took on the role of writer, editor and publisher. The series went on to become a publishing milestone for the Indian comic book scene, selling over 90 million copies of about 440 titles (as per last count till the end of 2008).

Tinkle No-1 On the other hand, Tinkle was an instant success with a circulation of 140,000 copies in India, at its peek, by which the comic book Tinkle has managed to capture the imagination of children since 1980s. Eventhough, it is now published mostly in English, but at the times of its popularity, it had its presence in many Indian languages.  The 500th issue of Tinkle was released on Apr 18, 2004, with a grand function.

In 2007, Tinkle released 3 Collector’s Specials featuring 3 of their flagship characters, Kalia, Suppandi, and Shikari Shambu.  I noticed this set on newsstands when they were reprinted early 2008, and grabbed them first-up.  This special post, is to highlight the history of these Indian Genre characters, while introducing readers to this new collectibles.

#1: The Adventures of Kalia“The Saviour of Big Baan”

Tinkle’s Collectors Special : KaliaThe first Tinkle Special, collects some of the favourite stories of Kalia, the Crow, which is considered a flagship character of Tinkle magazine.

Kalia, the Crow made its first appearance in a comic in the first ever Tinkle issue on Dec ‘80.  Luis Fernandes, the current Editor of Tinkle magazine, and an integral member of the Tinkle creative team, originally proposed this idea, amidst mixed reactions from his fellow colleagues, because of the sheer reason that Indian customs often consider Crow as inauspicious. 

But, Anant Pai, along with another colleague, Subba Rao supported Fernandes in his idea, which motivated him to utilise the help of artist Pradeep Sathe to give his idea some form.  The duo went on to create other support characters like Doob Doob, the Crocodile; Chamataka, the Jackal; and Keechu-Meechu, the Rabbits.

Sathe believed that the cartoonisation of an animal should not result in distortion of the animal’s anatomy, which made his drawings less cute. Eventually it turned out to be an USP for the series, contributing to its stardom.

An Intro about KaliaKalia’s storyline are typically depicted as him saving his friends (and even strangers, sometimes) like Keechu-Meechu, Elephants, from the claws of the carnivorous Doob Doob and Chamataka.  While the majority of the fans felt this as a heroic act, there were some fan base who rated Kalia as interfering busybody, snatching away food from the animals, for whom the nature had intended them as a rightful prey. 

The justification for this criticism, was soon felt by Fernandes, and he quickly tried to base the new storylines in a different setting, where in some stories Kalia was even shown helping, and rescuing Doob-Doob and Chamataka from several incidents.  Sathe resigned from Tinkle in late 1983, and he never drew for Kalia again.  Fernandes continued writing stories for a few months, after which new writers and artists kept the flag flying high, which has resulted in the Kalia series lasting till date, completing 28 years of existence, as of Dec ‘08.

C D Rane, the current artists of Kalia, adds “I’ve been illustrating this character since 1992, when Kalia’s creator Pradeep Sathe left for another job. When I first started drawing Kalia, I kept to the original construction and the way in which he had been formed. After noticing crows, I’ve made Kalia’s beak and wings longer and if I had to draw him in a crowd, I’d make him different by putting expressions on his face.”

But, the debate of Kalia’s existence is still a hot topic, which recently prompted a group of fans, to create an exclusive website which features a web-comic relating to the Death of Kalia.  More than the humour associated to it, it goes to show that Kalia has made an impact in many children's memories, which they carry over even after their teens, and try to impart it to their kids, and so on.

Tamil Comic fans, will remember that Kalia used to be a regular feature in the erstwhile Tamil Children's Magazine Poonthalir (பூந்தளிர்), where it was named as Kaakai Kaali (காக்கை காளி).  No wonder it continues to remain one of my favourite comic characters ever to have been released in India.  Thus, this Special collection turns out to be a favourite pick for anyone who shared the same passion.

Poonthalir Kalia 01 copyKalia in Poonthalir as Kaakai Kaali

#2: The Adventures of Suppandi - “The Village Simpleton”

Tinkle’s Collectors Special : SuppandiThe second Tinkle Special, collects some of the favourite stories of Suppandi, the village simpleton, which is considered the most famous among the lot offered by Tinkle. 

Suppandi made his debut in Tinkle No.27 in Jan ‘83.  For a change, he was not originally conceptualized by the creators of Tinkle.  He was born out of 3 narrative stories sent by P.Varadarajan from Chennai (makes me proud, as I a Chennaite too).  The concept was rendered into comics format in Tinkle studios, with the illustrations by one of the famous yesteryear artists, Ram Waeerkar. 

Even though, stories of dim-wits, always had an universal appeal, Suppandi fans would not describe him as a fool.  He is more a simpleton, who gets into troubles because he insists on thinking for himself, then being dictated by the orders of his master.

Best example, is in the very first story, where his mistress wants him to call a doctor as she has a fever, but instead of following orders as any other domestic help would, he gets a brainwave and decides to treat her himself.  The consequences of course are, as expected, disastrous.

An Intro about SuppandiNo wonder, Suppandi was an instant success with Tinkle readers, as they were able to relate him to every day common man found in their locality (no pun intended).  Readers were amused and Tinkle’s editor Fernandes states that they started receiving a lot of story contributions from Suppandi fans, and the editors realised that the simpleton with the funny, rectangular head, had come to stay.  Suppandi is loved across genre, by children's, teens, and adults. 

Ram Waeerkar carried on drawing for Suppandi till the early 2003, after which it is now being taken care by the talented Ram Waeerkar’s daughter, Archana Amberkar.

Archana adds

“I’ve given my identity to the character, though it’s a challenge to continue my father’s work. I’ve given him a squarish head and rectangular chin; also the parts I like to draw best.” 

The popularity of Suppandi even prompted Tinkle, to introduce an offshoot comic series based on Suppandi’s early life, titled as “Little Suppandi”.

Tamil Comic fans, will remember that Suppandi was also featured in the erstwhile Tamil Children's Magazine Poonthalir (பூந்தளிர்), where the comic strip was titled as “Suppaandiyin Saagasam” (சுப்பாண்டியின் சாகசம்), which literally translates to the current title of Tinkle Special.  Need I have to say that this is my favourite character too, as it goes without saying from the narration above.

Poonthalir Suppandi 01 copy Suppandi in Poonthalir as Suppaandiyin Saagasam

#3: The Adventures of Shikari Shambu: - “The Hunter with a difference”

Tinkle’s Collectors Special : Shikari ShambuBy 1983, Tinkle was already on its way becoming the most popular children’s magazine.  There biggest rival that time was another children magazine named Target, run by Living Media.  Unlike Tinkle, Target was more a narrative magazine, with a few pages of comics. 

Their flagship character that time was Moochwala by Ajit Ninan, which literally means a ‘man with a moustache’, who was a detective with penetrating eyes and a huge moustache.

Tinkle always wanted to create a character which can stand toe-to-toe against Moochwala.  Subba Rao, one of the creators at Tinkle, once proposed the idea to the editorial team, to base a character in similarity to a character in the then famous TV Serial, I Love Lucy (which seems to be more classical for my genre’s liking), where he was described as a boastful but cowardly big game hunter.

Luis Fernandes then worked on producing the first story, which was originally named Shambu, before Subba Rao prefixed Shikari (meaning Hunter, in Hindi) to the name.  Some of his editorial team-mates had reservation over the use of the name Shikari, as the Wild-Life Conservation theme was in its prominence. But, the sheer charisma of the name, they and Edtor Pai, decided to let it continue.  But, contrary to the name, the creators ensured that Shambu never would shoot or kill any animal in any of its episodes.  More than that, creators slowly even disassociated him from his trademark hunting gun, after few episodes.

An Intro about ShambuOne of the reasons for the popularity of Shikari Shambu, was due to the comical illustrations of the artist, Vasant Halbe.  Halbe, who was a freelancer at Tinkle that time, had impressed the editorial team with his earlier works. One he was confirmed officially as the artist for the series, he showcased his character sketches, of which a drawing of Shikari with his Topi (hat) pulled down over his eyes, caught everyone’s attention.  The sketch went on to be the among the flagship character of Tinkle.

Savio Mascarenhas, the current artist of the series, adds “I began illustrating Shambu only when Halbe retired in 1997-98. His style was brush/free hand drawings that flowed and it was tough to copy that. But I think both our styles have blended beautifully.”

Like Suppaandi, Shambu also has an offshoot series featuring his young life, titled ‘Little Shambu’, who was created and being drawn also by Mascrenhas.  Till date the creators have managed to hide the eyes of the famous hunter from public viewing.  A legacy it shares with the Lee Falk’s Phantom, where his pupils are seldom shown to fans.

Tamil Comic fans, will also remember that Shikari Shambu was a regular feature in the erstwhile Tamil Children's Magazine Poonthalir (பூந்தளிர்), where the comic strip was titled as “Vettaikkaara Vembu” (வேட்டைக்கார வேம்பு).  I especially liked the way Shambu is made to run for his life, often fearing for his wife’s beating at home.  Many believe that Shambu is fearless, but only his wife knows what he is really “capable of”.

Poonthalir Shambu 01 copy Shambu in Poonthalir as Vettaikkaara Vembu

Dr.Pai adds “Amar Chitra Katha had to wait for four years to achieve some measure of success. In the case of Tinkle the success was instantaneous, perhaps because it came piggy-back riding on Amar Chitra Katha.  The 40,000 initial book prints sold out, and new orders started pouring in from dealers. When I conveyed this news to Mirchandani, he was so moved that for the first time I saw tears glistening in his eyes.  I have also often been asked questions about the title of the magazine. I remember Subba Rao, my associate editor, and I were pondering over various possible alternatives. When one of the staff members said there was a tinkle (meaning a telephone call) for me. Subba Rao said, ‘What about Tinkle as the title for the magazine?’ That is how it came to be Tinkle.”

On Nov 2007, ACK media announced the acquisition of a popular Indian comic book brand Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle for $2.5 million and is reportedly planning to invest $15-20 million in the next 3 years, in digitizing characters like Suppandi, Shikari Shambu, in the form of TV or direct to home DVDs, as conveyed by Samir Patil, founder & CEO, ACK Media.  Tinkle is eyeing the growing audience for children movies as Hanuman grossed a record $1.5 million - the highest-ever for the genre in India. Not just that, Tinkle comics will also foray into foreign bookstores in the US and UK to reach out to the large NRI audience in these markets.

Since the change in the ownership of Tinkle brand, the new company ACK-Media, has ensured that these collectors items never run out-of-stock, as they continue to do reprints, on a regular interval.  So, you can rest assured to pick these copies whenever you find time to visit your local bookstore, and if not, you can always order them online on ACK Media’s website.  No secret, that I am one of the frequent visitors to the online store.  All the stories contained in these specials are from the original writer and artist, and the cotemporary cover design, which adds a classic touch to the series, is designed by Arjun Gupte.

To turbo-charge you for the same, here is a sneak-peek into some of the first page of the first ever comic strips featuring the respective characters, found in these trio of collections.

Tinkle Kalia Collection First Story Page Tinkle Suppandi Collection First Story Page Tinkle Shambu Collection First Story Page

That completes our review of the Tinkle Collector Specials. If you liked this post, then I would be eager to hear your comments on the same, for which you could use the section below.  On the next Tinkle comic post at Comicology, we will look at the other famous characters which were missed out from these collector items from Tinkle, but certainly are no strangers in the popularity among comic fans.  Doesn’t that makes for an interesting wait ? Stay Tuned to know more.

And just for a reminder, the Voting for Best of 2008 is now complete, and the results are announced.  Please pay a visit to the blog post, to appreciate the winners in different categories, and commemorate the first-ever Comicology awards, which will be a regular year-end feature hence forth, probably with few more categories as we expander to a bigger level.  Thanks to all those who have voted and commented in the post already.

Before I close once again wish all the Indians spread across the globe, a Happy Republic Day.  Let’s wish that our nation goes stronger, and wiser, with the unique blend of tradition mixed with our own ethics.  Adios Amigos !!

References: Editorial Pages of Tinkle, Suppandi, and Shambu’s Collector Editions, Wikipedia, and Uncle Pai’s Website

41 ComiComments:

Rafiq,

Very Nice Post On the Tinkle Issues. Have bought all these collectors Specials Some Time Back. Very Worthy Collections to get back into nostalgia.

On the other famous Stories to appear in Tinkle, Who can forget Ramu & Somu (The Amazing Twins)?

Thanks for the post. Hope to get many more from you in the near future.

King Viswa.
தமிழ் காமிக்ஸ் உலகம்

ரஃபிக்,

நண்பர்களிற்கும், உங்களிற்கும் என் இனிய குடியரசு தின வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

மீண்டும், இதுவரையில் நான் அறிந்திராத பாத்திரங்களை எனக்கு அறிமுகம் செய்ததிற்காக முதற்கண் என் நன்றிகள்.

ருசியான தகவல்கள், அதனை விறுவிறுப்பாக சொல்லும் உங்கள் பாணி, செழுமையான பதிவிது.
நிச்சயமாக இக்கதைகள் நண்பர்களை அவர்களின் சிறுவயதிற்கு அழைத்து செல்லும் என்பதில் ஐயமில்லை. பதிவிலிருந்து காக்கை காளியை எனக்கு பிடித்திருக்கிறது.

உங்களின் தளராத முயற்சியை தொடர்ந்து, மென்மேலும் புதிய பாத்திரங்களை அறிமுகப்படுத்துவீர்கள் என நம்புகிறேன்.

துப்பறியும் சாம்புவை அறிவீர்கள் தானே, அவரைச்சுற்றியும் இதழ்களில் சித்திரக்கதை தொடர்கள் வந்துள்ளதாகவே எண்ணுகிறேன், வாய்ப்பிருந்தால் அவரைப்பற்றிய பதிவொன்றினையும் பதிவிடுவீர்களா அல்லது வேண்டுகோளை காமிக்ஸ் பூக்கள் பக்கம் திசை திருப்பிவிடுவீர்களா!

உற்சாகத்துடன் தொடருங்கள்

நண்பரே,

சுப்பாண்டி, வேட்டைக்கார வேம்பு என்ற பெயரிலே இவர்களை நான் சிறு வயதில் அறிந்திருக்கிறேன். அதுவும் சுப்பாண்டியின் ஒரு கதை மட்டும் இன்னும் நினைவில் இருக்கிறது.

கடைத்தெருவிற்கு வரும் சுப்பாண்டியை ஒருவன் மறித்து தான் ஒரு குருட்டு பிச்சைக்காரன் என்றும், தனக்கு பிச்சை போடும் படி கேட்பார். அதற்கு நம்மாளு தான் அதை எப்படி நம்புவது என வினவ, அவர் அதோ ஒரு வேப்ப மரம் இருக்கிறதே அது உனக்கு தெரிகிறதா என கேட்க, நம்மாளு தெரியுதே என பதிலளிக்க தனக்கு அது தெரியவில்லை என்பதால் தான் ஒரு குருட்டு பிச்சைக்காரன் என லாஜிக்காக பேசுவார். சுப்பாண்டியும் அதை ஒத்துக் கொண்டு பணத்தை கொடுத்து விட்டு வருவார்.

பூந்தளிரில் இவர்களின் என்னைப் போல இன்னும் நிறைய பேர் படித்திருக்கின்றார்கள். கண்டிப்பாக அவர்களின் குழந்தைப் பருவ நினைவுகளை நினைவுப்படுத்தியிருக்கிறீர்கள்.

வணக்கம்,

குடியரசு தினத்தையொட்டி சுப்பாண்டி, வேட்டைக்கார வேம்பு, காக்கை காளி என சுதேசி காமிக்ஸ்களைப் பற்றி ஆய்ந்து அசத்தியுள்ளீர்கள்! வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

வேட்டைக்கார வேம்பு, அன்வர் போன்ற கதைகளின் ஓவியரான ‘வி.பி.ஹால்பே’வும், சுப்பாண்டியின் ‘ராம் வாயீர்க்கர்’-ம் எனது ஆல் டைம் ஃபேவரைட் ஓவியர்கள்!

குறிப்பாக ஹால்பேவின் பாணி எனக்கு மிகவும் பிடிக்கும். அவரது வேட்டைக்கார வேம்பு படங்களில் வேம்புவின் மனநிலையை அவரது மீசை மூலமாகக் காட்டியிருப்பார்.

இந்த அற்புதமான ஓவியரின் இழப்பு காமிக்ஸ் உலகில் ஈடு செய்ய முடியாத ஒன்று!

தலைவர்,
அ.கொ.தீ.க.

From The Desk Of Rebel Ravi:

good post. very nice issues. you could have posted more scans of these stories.

there were other stories such as tantri the mantri, inspector eagle, the Dog-Detective Ranjith, etc.

why kabeesh was not included in the list?

Rebel Ravi,
Change is the Only constant thing in this world.

Excellent research. I had heard of that story about Anant Pai but didn't know that ACK sold 80+ million copies. That is HUGE. It is crazy that publication stopped or slowed down, but luckily they have been on sale in the last few years.

Loved Suppandi, one story I recall, he has dosa stuck in his teeth, don't know what else was there.

Shankar: இலங்கையில் டிங்கில் காமிக்ஸ் அறிமுகம் ஆகாதது ஒரு ஆச்சர்யமே, ஏனன்றால் அவர்கள் விநியோக வட்டம், மிகவும் பெரிது. எது எப்படியோ இந்த கதாபாத்திரங்களை உங்களுக்கு அறிமுக படுத்தியதில் எனக்கு பெருமையே.

துப்பறியும் சாம்பு, ரத்னபாலா என்ற இன்னொரு சிறுவர் இதழிலும், சில நாளேடுகளிலும் வெளி வந்ததை நானும் பார்த்து இருக்கிறேன். புஜ்ஜாய் என்ற ஒரு ஓவியர் அதற்க்கு மூலகர்த்தா என்று நியாபகம். என்னை விட, நமது காமிக்ஸ் பூக்கள் அன்பர் அவற்றை மேலும் சிறப்பாக பதிவிடுவார் என்று நம்புகிறேன். So over to him.

Josh: நீங்கள் கூறிய வரிசையில் தான் நானும் இந்த கதாபாத்திரங்களை முதலில் அறிந்தேன். அதன் மூலம் பற்றி ஆராயா ஆரம்பித்தது அதை கொண்டு தானே. சுப்பாண்டி கதைகள் எவரிடமும் சிரிப்பை வரவழைக்கும் என்பதி ஐயமே இல்லை. இன்னொரு பூந்தளிர் வாசகரை சந்திப்பதில் எனக்கு மகிழ்ச்சியே.

காமிக்ஸ் டாக்டர்: சுதேசி காமிக்ஸ் பற்றி பதிய நெடு நாள் எண்ணி கொண்டு இருந்தது இந்த குடியரசு தினத்தில் தான் காரியம் ஆனது. வேம்புவின் மீசை பற்றிய தங்கள் எடுத்து காட்டு உங்கள் கூறிய ரசிப்பு தன்மைக்கு எடுத்துகாட்டு. அதை நானும் ரசித்து இருக்கிறேன். விரைவில் இன்னும் பல இந்திய காமிக்ஸ் முயற்சிகளை பற்றியும் பதிகிறேன்.

Ravi: Thanks for your comment after a long time at Comicology. I would love to post more scans, but the copyright issues don't help that matter. So, we have to restrain ourself from having a preview only. Kabeesh, Tantri, and other stars will be discussed in my next Tinkle Comics post. So stay tuned.

TCP; Good to see your comment after a long time, eventhough I know you have been a very frequent visitor to Comicology offlate. The latest account says that it is now officially 90+ million copies, with a language count of 20+. Suppandi is indeed my favorite star too, no wonder New Tinkle is using him as their mascot offlate.

I will update this post, when the next post on Tinkle is updated at Comicology. So, guys stay tuned.

A nice review post on Tinkles,which also were a very popular series.I still have a lot and lots of Tinkles,but will certainly go for this collector issue.

CW: Thanks for your return visit buddy. I too hold a huge collection of Tinkle Digests & Double Digests, for which I am now a subscriber too. But the A4 Size, and a foreword from Tinkle Editor Fernandes, is reason enough to pick up these collector items. Good to know that you share the same feeling.

Happy Browsing, and I would love to see your comments in other comics posts at Comicology too, if that's not asking for more :).

Great read, this took me way back. I am one of the fans writing "Death to Kalia", which begins at volume 1 (http://deathtokalia.com/node/12) and currently features a Suppandi-ish character (http://deathtokalia.com/node/46) although we are expecting more cameos.

Kalia, Shambhu, Suppandi have been as close to us as age-old fairy tales (think Goldilocks, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?, etc.) Growing up in the states we have had exercises in writing classes to take fairy tales like the Goldilocks and rewrite them to make them fit real situations in the present day. A few of us started tossing around Kalia's stories and trying to make sense of it in a modern context. And so was born Death To Kalia, where Kalia protects the lesser animals for extortion money and where the readers--who have already sympathized with Chamatka and Doob Doob in the original Kalia--taste some retribution as the odds finally fall in favor of the duo. And that is our spin on Kalia.

I reprinted this comment on my blog because I was so proud of it. Here is a trackback:

http://deathtokalia.com/node/77

@ Diwant: Welcome to Comicology, and thanks for recording your first presence here. I do remember having read your Kalia strips, while collecting info for this post. I must admit, it's a different take on the comic series, which I used to look at only from Pai's era, also on more with humor laced all along.

It's so good to know the origin of this creativity, which you attribute to your writing execercises, even while staying away from homeland. Speaks a lot about how these legendary characters have impressed people across geographies, and united them in dreaming about a world of our own.

Would be eager to read your Suppandi stuff, and will comment on it as I do so.

Good to see you referring to me in your blog too... Have fun and enjoying comics scripting... and don't forget to tune in and place your comments whenever you find time on the other comic posts at Comicology.

Rafiq, thanks for a very informative article on some of my favourite childhood cartoon characters. I was wondering if you knew who owns the characters.

I am asking because I have built a website called Toonsket (http://www.toonsket.com) where users can assemble stories out of drawings or characters. The website also allows for the creation of stories and serial cartoon strips like the following:
http://www.toonsket.com/display_single_magazine.php?cmd=view&id=1001

I would really love to be able to create more Shikari Shambu stories and allow others to do so. Do you know who one can talk to in order to get the required permissions?

Thanks!

Cohan Sujay Carlos
www.toonsket.com

@ Cohan: Thanks for your visit and comment. As I have mentioned in the post, Shambu,Suppandi,Kalai and other comic characters, as we knew from Childhood, are now owned by ACK Media, who acquired Tinkle and other licensees a couple of years back.

You could contact them through their website (http://ack-media.com), or the email id: contact@ack-media.com. Their head office is based out from Mumbai - Tel: +91-22-66296999.

I wonder what might be the reaction of ACK Media, as they are generally against licensing their products to outside companies. But, there is no harm in trying. Hopefully, you will get necessary permission to feature their characters in your noble site.

By the way, you people have an unique concept going on around at Toonsket. With Web 2.0's invasion, collobaration of activities online have been growing strong, and to bring that concept to Comics, and Related Articles, is a new way forward. Best of Luck in your venture, and keep the good job going.

Suppandi In :

Mouse Trouble

One Day Suppandi's New Master Told Him To Use Only A Mouse For The Computers.But That Night Suppandi Got A New Computer.That Night He And His Master Slept In Their Beds.But A Mouse Came Squeaking In. Suppandi Noticed And Told His Master.His Master Became Scared.So He Told Suppandi To Kill It But Suppandi Didn't.He Didn't Have A Mouse For The Computer. So He Took That Mouse And Fixed It To The Computer And Used It To Work As A New Mouse.His Master Ran Out Of The House.Suppandi Enjoyed The Day.

I have been reading Tinkle, winning in their contests, contributing stories since its inception, now after so many years still it is the best magazine, lately after Mr Pai has left the charge the cover page has been given to the computer animation deptt , but I feel that the free hand drawing cover page was more attractive and humble. Do read my and my family names ending in Mehra in many Tinkles. I live in Gurgaon, Haryana.

Neeraj M Mehra

@ Neeraj: Neeraj from Gurgaon, so good to meet a long time Tinkle fan. Eventhough I tried to take part many a times in Tinkle competitions, my laziness always kept me at bay :). So good to see that the famous Mehtra names featured on competitions, belongs to your family members. A proud Tinkle Family :)

I agree with you on the Cover approach which has been changed keeping in mind the latest trend of computer animation ruling the industry. The freehand drawing is almlsost a dream at present. So, at times when I look at the classic ones, I am only amazed by the creativity and talent of the artists who were at the helm, who produced such witty and humoros artwork, without any reliance on the modern gadgets. Those were some fun days, Really :)

Thanks for your visit and sharing of your Tinkle experience with all of us. Happy Reading !!


@ ACKShaj: Thanks much for a Suppandi Special. Loved it.

I LOVE TINKLE VERY MUCH.STORIES LIKE RUDOLPH,THE FISHY STORY,A SNOWIE STORY,HALF KNOWLDGE WAS SUPERB

@ Chandrakumar: You are not alone in there, friend. Count me on the fans list too :)

That's cool what @Cohan's doing

excellent information gathered

hmm i love tinkles and make other more good tinkles

TINKLE is awesome . My favourite characters are suppandi,shikari shambu and of course buuterfingers .ALL the stories in tinkle are cool .I have no suggestion to make . i love the way it is.

@ Diwant Vaidya: Yes, it's indeed :)

@ Anon 1 & Anon 2 Who wouldn't love Tinkle at his early times. The information gathering was only fueled by that loving thoughts. Thanks for your visits, and do consider leaving your nick names, to trace your visits.

@ Mahima: Hahaha, they are still evergreen in my memories too. Especially Suppandi, who was one of his kind. No wonders, he is still used as a mascot by the New Management of Tinkle too. Thanks for your visit and comment.

pls publish more ina mina mynah mo storys

tinkle is a beautiful story

I LOVE TINKLE AND I CAME TO KNOW ABOUT THIS COMIC BOOK WHEN I WAS 4 YEARS OLD FROM MY COUSINS.FROM THAT DAY ONWARDS I HAVE BECOME A FAN OF TINKLE.MY INTEREST IN TINKLE IS STILL GROWING ON AND NOW I AM 9 YEARS OLD .I LIKE TANTRI THE MANTRI,SUPPANDI AND BUTTER FINGERS.PLEAS BRING BACK INSPECTOR GARUD.

I too love reading Tinkle comic books. so interesting it will be.

I LOVE TINKLE AND I CAME TO KNOW ABOUT THIS COMIC BOOK WHEN I WAS 4 YEARS OLD FROM MY COUSINS.FROM THAT DAY ONWARDS I HAVE BECOME A FAN OF TINKLE.MY INTEREST IN TINKLE IS STILL GROWING ON AND NOW I AM 9 YEARS OLD .I LIKE TANTRI THE MANTRI,SUPPANDI AND BUTTER FINGERS.PLEAS BRING BACK INSPECTOR GARUD.

excellent information gathered

I have been reading Tinkle, winning in their contests, contributing stories since its inception, now after so many years still it is the best magazine, lately after Mr Pai has left the charge the cover page has been given to the computer animation deptt , but I feel that the free hand drawing cover page was more attractive and humble. Do read my and my family names ending in Mehra in many Tinkles. I live in Gurgaon, Haryana.

Neeraj M Mehra

வணக்கம்,

குடியரசு தினத்தையொட்டி சுப்பாண்டி, வேட்டைக்கார வேம்பு, காக்கை காளி என சுதேசி காமிக்ஸ்களைப் பற்றி ஆய்ந்து அசத்தியுள்ளீர்கள்! வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

வேட்டைக்கார வேம்பு, அன்வர் போன்ற கதைகளின் ஓவியரான ‘வி.பி.ஹால்பே’வும், சுப்பாண்டியின் ‘ராம் வாயீர்க்கர்’-ம் எனது ஆல் டைம் ஃபேவரைட் ஓவியர்கள்!

குறிப்பாக ஹால்பேவின் பாணி எனக்கு மிகவும் பிடிக்கும். அவரது வேட்டைக்கார வேம்பு படங்களில் வேம்புவின் மனநிலையை அவரது மீசை மூலமாகக் காட்டியிருப்பார்.

இந்த அற்புதமான ஓவியரின் இழப்பு காமிக்ஸ் உலகில் ஈடு செய்ய முடியாத ஒன்று!

தலைவர்,
அ.கொ.தீ.க.

ரஃபிக்,

நண்பர்களிற்கும், உங்களிற்கும் என் இனிய குடியரசு தின வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

மீண்டும், இதுவரையில் நான் அறிந்திராத பாத்திரங்களை எனக்கு அறிமுகம் செய்ததிற்காக முதற்கண் என் நன்றிகள்.

ருசியான தகவல்கள், அதனை விறுவிறுப்பாக சொல்லும் உங்கள் பாணி, செழுமையான பதிவிது.
நிச்சயமாக இக்கதைகள் நண்பர்களை அவர்களின் சிறுவயதிற்கு அழைத்து செல்லும் என்பதில் ஐயமில்லை. பதிவிலிருந்து காக்கை காளியை எனக்கு பிடித்திருக்கிறது.

உங்களின் தளராத முயற்சியை தொடர்ந்து, மென்மேலும் புதிய பாத்திரங்களை அறிமுகப்படுத்துவீர்கள் என நம்புகிறேன்.

துப்பறியும் சாம்புவை அறிவீர்கள் தானே, அவரைச்சுற்றியும் இதழ்களில் சித்திரக்கதை தொடர்கள் வந்துள்ளதாகவே எண்ணுகிறேன், வாய்ப்பிருந்தால் அவரைப்பற்றிய பதிவொன்றினையும் பதிவிடுவீர்களா அல்லது வேண்டுகோளை காமிக்ஸ் பூக்கள் பக்கம் திசை திருப்பிவிடுவீர்களா!

உற்சாகத்துடன் தொடருங்கள்

loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee you tinkle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee you tinkle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i want old tamil poonthalir magazine

cool comic,
fantastic,
with many a trick,what a brick,
My dear Tinkle!

i hate u tinkle!
JUST KIDDING
DONT U GRT BORED BY I LOVE TINKLE STUFF?
decided to give u a change1

Reading this blog, i m reminded of my childhood days, when i used to rent these magazines from a nearby lending library. The Indian characters, relating to our everyday activities, is very appealing and original. It makes me feel nostalgic to be reminded of my happy holidays spent with Tinkle. Thanks to everyone who brought life to these characters with their powerful pen strokes and  simple narrative.

tinkle is the best but i also like ack and my email is philipjonathan27@yahoo.in

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