History of Indian Comics

History of Indian Comics
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During the nineteenth century, depictions of Indian divinities were heavily influenced by both European oil painting and modern print technology. These factors contributed to the standardization of divine imagery, which became widely available through Indian calendar art and prints. The spread of American superhero comic books in the early twentieth century inspired Indian artists to produce comics based on their own heroes. Amar Chitra Katha (Immortal Picture Stories), created by Anant Pai, was one of the earliest Indian comic book series when it began in 1967. Throughout the history of Indian comic books there has been an ongoing dialogue with American traditions. In recent years Indian deities have appeared as crossover characters in American comics, and classic American comic books have been recast in Indian locales with Indian characters.

- Julie Romain, South and Southeast Asian Art, (2009)