No,We are not talking about The Amalgam Comics Character who was part of JLX. When we say Iceberg Comics, We are referring The Comics from the Scenic Sri Lanka, Neighbour of India.Circa December 2005. That was the time when Editor Nisha Haran's 1st issue of Iceberg Comics Was released. Like a Mother Giving Birth to her Baby, Nisha Haran was so Happy on that time that he can still remember that incident. The 1st issue title was "Karuppu Surya Naal (கருப்பு சூரிய நாள்): The Day of the Black Sun" featuring XIII. Have a Look into the cover of the very first issue of Iceberg Comics.
For those who came late, XIII is a Franco-Belgian Comic Series Written and Drawn By Belgians Jean Van Hamme and William Vance, Respectively. the Plot revolves around an amnesiac protagonist who seeks to discover his concealed past with a possible charge of Assassinating the President of US of A. XIII was initially serialised in 1984 in Spirou, and was later published by Daragaud. The series consists of 19 Albums with each one of them being off 44 pages. The cover scan of that & the original XIII Cover in French are given Below.
ComiRades will remember that the same series is been published by Prakash Publishers' Thighil Comics way back in the Mid 80's as issue no 6.The success of this Comics was so much that there were rumours that Actor Kamal Haasan's 1987 film Vetri Vizha was based on this. Not only that, the 2002 Salman Khan Film "Tumko Naa Bhool Paayenge" is also based on the plot. Actually Speaking, the Plot for XIII was inspired from the Robert Ludlum's Best selling 1980 Novel the Bourne identity, which was later filmed in 2002 with Matt Damon donning the Lead character in all the 3 Bourne series: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.
Coming back to the 1st issue of Iceberg Comics, The feeling was so Great to have a Book of that size (it was of a Size Bigger than Indrajaal Comics). It was of 48 pages and Priced as Rs 85/- (Sri Lankan Currency). The Inner cover Features a Trailer for the upcoming Comics & write up by the Editor Nisha Haran (A La Hot Line) where he shows off his anger on Stereo-typing of "Comics-is-For-Children" mentality. Have a Look.
These are the pages where the announcements on Subscription and other attractive schemes were mentioned. have a Look into the prizes available for Subscribing.
Brand: Iceberg Comics (Sri Lanka).
Title: Karuppu Surya Naal
Cover Design: Soft Cover, Matte Laminated, Normal Cover
Serial Number: No. 01.
On Sale: 15thDecember 2005 Onwards.
Total No. of Pages: 48, Black & White.
Price: Priceless for Comic Fans; For others, Rs 85/- (Sri Lankan Currency)
Continuity: XIII Part 2 As the Next Issue.
Editor's Note: On the Front Inner Cover
Scan Courtesy: Kovai Dr Sathish
Thanks & Regards,