India's Immortal Comic Books: Gods, Kings, And Other Heroes by Karline MclainIndia's Immortal Comic Books: Gods, Kings, And Other Heroes by Karline Mclain

India's Immortal Comic Books: Gods, Kings, And Other Heroes

byKarline Mclain

Paperback | March 4, 2009

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Combining entertainment and education, India's most beloved comic book series, Amar Chitra Katha, or "Immortal Picture Stories," is also an important cultural institution that has helped define, for several generations of readers, what it means to be Hindu and Indian. Karline McLain worked in the ACK production offices and had many conversations with Anant Pai, founder and publisher, and with artists, writers, and readers about why the comics are so popular and what messages they convey. In this intriguing study, she explores the making of the comic books and the kinds of editorial and ideological choices that go into their production.

Karline McLain is Assistant Professor of Religion at Bucknell University.
Title:India's Immortal Comic Books: Gods, Kings, And Other HeroesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.7 inPublished:March 4, 2009Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253220521

ISBN - 13:9780253220523

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Table of Contents

Notes on Style

Introduction: Comic Books that Radiate a Spiritual Force
1. The Father of Indian Comic Books
2. Long-Suffering Wives and Self-Sacrificing Queens
3. Accurately Sequencing Goddess Durga's Mythology
4. The Warrior-King Shivaji in History and Mythology
5. Muslims as Secular Heroes and Zealous Villains
6. Mahatma Gandhi as a Comic Book Hero
Conclusion. The Global Legacy of Amar Chitra Katha


Editorial Reviews

"... Almost every reader of Amar Chitra Katha interviewed here has spoken of the spiritual force the comics radiate-this, Karline McLane notes, is unique in the history of comic books. Which is one, among many reasons, why these comics will always be beloved not just to Indians but be special to comic book lovers everywhere." -Businessworld