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

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Indiana University Press, 2009 - Religion - 240 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

Comic Books That Radiate a Spiritual Force
1
The Father of Indian Comic Books
24
LongSuffering Wives and SelfSacrificing Queens
53
Sequencing the Tales of Goddess Durga
87
The WarriorKing Shivaji in History and Mythology
114
Muslims as Secular Heroes and Zealous Villains
141
Mahatma Gandhi as a Comic Book Hero
171
The Global Legacy of Amar Chitra Katha
198
Notes
215
Bibliography
221
Index
233
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About the author (2009)

Karline McLain is Assistant Professor of Religion at Bucknell University.

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