Tuesday, January 27, 2009

29 Kollaikara Car – (Mini Lion Comics) A Tribute To S Vijayan’s Visionary Selection

Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 July 1990 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter

Dear ComiRades,

Republic Day Wishes to One and all on the day in Which Mother India Celebrates Her adaptation from British Dominion to a Republic of her Own in 1950. After a Long and Strenuous Week, Yours truly got one more Holiday as this happens to be one among the three national Holidays in India. TCU Wishes all the readers from Australia on their National Day, even though they have lost yet another series to South Africa today. Hopefully a Series against New Zeland will make them feel better to gain confidence.

TCU received information from reliable sources that those who do not do a Comi-Post on Pongal Day will be called as “Non-Tamilians” and those who do Not post on Republic Day will be branded as “Anti-National Elements”. Just to escape from the accusations like this, TCU Made this post in a Hurry, In Spite of the fact that TCU’s System got crashed twice in Last week. Here is The Post which i should have done at least 10 days back.

When we Talk about Prakash Publishers, We Have to mention the fact that they are the pioneers in introducing many wonderful characters to Tamil Language for the first time. The Fact that They Launched a Comics Series Just for Laughter Element (Mini Lion Comics) is a Proof that they have much more than a mere profit element in mind. Hats Off to Them & just Like Josh, i will buy another Hat. Jokes apart, The Sad part is that Mini Lion Comics Couldn’t continue after 40 Wonderful issues, in spite of the fact that they had an array of Comic Super Stars like Lucky Luke, Chick Bill, Suskey + Wiskey, Uncle Scrooge, Ali Baba + Mustafa, Col. Clifton, Herlock Sholmes etc. Does it Reflect on the readers or the publishers? Reply Through Comment, As TCU is eager to know.

However, there are occasions in which One-Stop Stories have appeared in Mini Lion Comics. Even though, the reception was good, The Publishers Didn’t continue them for reasons known to themselves. One of the Gems among such stories was “Kollaikara Car - கொள்ளைகார கார் – The Car That Steals”. When we rate the entire 40 Books from Mini Lion Comics, TCU believes that This one will be in the top 5 Stories to be published under the Mini Lion Comics Banner.

Yours Truly has fond memories of this Book As this was the 1st Mini Lion Comics That he bought in News Paper Stand in 1991. At that Time Yours Truly was in 7th Standard and Had to travel for more than One Hour to reach School. Those were the days in which the new editions of Lion/Muthu/Mini Lion were bought when we visit to our Home Town. On the ides of July, Yours Truly had to Buy a Graph Note Book before the scjool starts and visited the New Shop near Bus Stand in a Hurry and Voila…Mini Lion Comics in News Stand. Yours Truly had no other option other than Buying this Book and the detention that i received on that morning was happily spent reading This wonderful Story which still holds a Special Place in TCU’s Memorabilia.

The Story is set in Liverpool, U.K. Our Hero Chutty becomes frustrated with the noise pollution around him (Just Like TCU) and plans to buy a Peaceful Home in a Village far from the maddening crowd and the Noise Pollution that is happening in and around The City. Are we looking at similarities Between our own Comics Doctor here? After making the decision, they plan to visit a Real Estate Promoter who has a Wonderfully Edited comics Name – Savadaal Johnson சவடால் ஜான்சன்.In the Original Version he has a equally Funny comic name as well – Ernie Easy Money.

Mini Lion Issue 25 Kollaikara Car Starter Disturbed By Noise Pollution – Hero Chutty Planning to Move From Noise Pollution-Village
Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 3 Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 4 Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 5

The Real Estate Promoter Gives them various options and after finding out that none of them fits into Chutty’s Budget, He Cons them by selling a Village House which goes by the name HardNut Hall. The truth in this case is, HardNut Hall is Suggested to Demolition by the previous Owner, Savadaal Johnson Dupes Chutty into Buying it. He Plays around the details he informs that the House has a Swimming Pool as well.

When the Dynamic Duo Visits the Village, everyone is surprised by the fact that someone has ACTUALLY bought that house. When they enter the house, there was a Monumental Construction inside the Gate. Nutty Discovers what it is and couldn’t stop from Laughing it out and then explains that that construction is actually the “Swimming Pool” that they were supposed to have it in the house. This particular piece of Dialogue, (எண்டா, பல்லு சுளுக்கிகிற மாதிரி சிரிக்கிற?) has become the part and parcel of TCU’s Vocabulary since then.

Nutty Meeting Realtor Savadaal Johnson Savadaal Johnson Cheating Chutty + Nutty Pal Sukukkum Comedy – ‘BIG’ Swimming Pool
Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 6 Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 7 Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 13 Top Panels
Mysterious Staircase Without Steps Forgetting Step-Less Staircase & Falling
Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 16 Top Panel Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 25 Lower Panel
Inside the Home, they find
out many Amazing things: One such being the staircase without Steps. and the Fact that Chutty Keeps on forgetting that simple thing: that this particular staircase has no steps at all and falls many-a-times. One Such Discovery being a “Food-ordering” System which fetches all the requirements, A La Cornucopia.

After That, they find out that the Car Shed is Occupied by a Car and by Logic, they Come to the Conclusion that as the home belongs to them, so is the vehicle as well.
Then they get on it and then
Flow – Starting to Flow On It’s (His) Own Nutty Searching for Break in Flow-Funny
Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 28 Lower Panel Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 29 Lower Panel
discover that something is fundamentally wrong as they are no longer in control of the vehicle. The Car (Named as Flow) then moves towards the nearby town making his own travel path.
Upon reaching the town, they soon discover the fact that the professor who lives opposite to HardNut Hall has fixed an Electronic Brain in the vehicle which enables The Car – Flow- To think on it’s own.
Flow Filled With Low Quality Petrol
Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 31
Flow Chasing Traffic Police Man in Market
Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 36 Top Panels
Flow Stopping to Show ‘Car’umanity-Humanity
Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 46 Lower Panel
Without realising the thinking capacity of Flow, Chutty orders to fill the tank with Low Quality Gas against the advice of the Gas Station Staff Only to be out-thought by Flow.

He also cautions them not to confront the traffic policeman who once booked Flow for violation of Traffic Rule. The Incidents that follow on meeting the Traffic Police man Andrew is really funny. The Next scenario is when they return back to their new Home in their new Vehicle Flow. Suddenly Flow stops and the reason is Amazing: To save a snail which is crossing the Path.
When Yours Truly first met The Visionary Author Ayyampalayam Venki Sir, the first set of dialogues mentioned during the discussion were this.ஆஹா, என்ன ஒரு மனிதாபிமானம். இல்லை, இல்லை காராபிமானம். It shows that these dialogues are not mere “Ulta” of the originals and this is where The Editor scores over the rest of the comics Publications – The Usage of Language in a Flowing style.
Professor’s Cat Starting Flow Accidentally & Moving
Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 67 Top Panels
Professor Telling Chutty About Dismantling Flow
Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 68 Lower Panel
After the Dynamic Duo reach their new House, they are captured by the Professor who lives in the opposite House. On regaining consciousness, they get to know the truth behind HardNut Hall and the Mystery behind Flow, the wonder car which was designed to Rob a Car without any Human Assistance. Chutty and Nutty are Shocked to know about the intentions of the Professor.
While Telling other facts, Professor reveals that he has, in fact, removed the Electronic Brain from Flow and fixed it in his Modified Vehicle. Upon hearing this, Chutty’s anger Waxes to the limit and he quarrels with the Evil Professor. He is Joined by Nutty in the fight with Professor. The Professor’s Able Allies, Ted and Set join in the Big Fight and nobody exactly knows who is hitting whom. When the fight reaches the climax, the Evil professor’s Cat Looks for safety and jumps in the Modified Car with the brain and starts a journey of it’s own.
Hilarious Fight Among the Lead Characters
Mini Lion Comics Issue No 25 Kollaikara Car Spirou Starter Page 69, 70 Combined Scan
The Professor’s Car reaches the town causing Havoc in the way. To avoid the damages, The professor agrees to Install another Electronic Brain in the Body of Flow. Chutty and Nutty get on Flow and chase the Professor’s Car. The climax is really a nice piece of Comics History and those who read it wouls definitely agree with TCU. The scans of these pages are not included in the post considering the fact TCU will not violate Any Copy right violation. Kindly Beg / Borrow / Steal (From The Big Collection of The Comics Doctor) this Mini Lion Comics and read it first, if you have not done it earlier. Those who have it, kindly read it again to understand the subtle Comedy and other visionary things such as Noise pollution for which Yours Truly is a Vehement supporter.
The Corresponding Scans of the Original issues are Posted here along with other relevant scans. This particular character is called as Whac and Mac in English and Starter in the creators language. This Particular Story Appeared Champion Magazine in U.K. (Courtesy:The Great Editor Steve Holland) from 11th June 1966 as per the data available in Comics UK.
Champion Magazine First Page Comparison Champion Magazine 2nd Page Comparison Spirou Magazine Featuring Whacker in Cover
Whacker_01 Whacker_02 Spirou Cover Dated 8 Feb 1968
The Concept of Starter was a Novel Idea.He was originally developed as a character to explain the nuances of the Cars in the Mid 60’s. As his popularity grew, He began to appear on the covers of Spirou Magazine as well. Later on, a series of stories featuring Starter alone came to limelight.
Starter Promoting + Educating Readers Starter Explaining Car Details to Readers
Spirou Dated 28 Nov 1968 Page 4 Fiat Monza Car Spirou Dated June 10 1965 Page 2-3
The Artwork for this wonderful book that appeared in a Single story in Mini Lion is by Jideham, the Belgian Comics Artist of the “Marcinelle School” Tradition of artwork. For those who want a piece of History, The term "Marcinelle school" (in French, École de Marcinelle) refers to a group of Belgian cartoonists formed by Joseph Gillain (Jijé) following World War II. Marcinelle school cartoonists were all associated with the weekly magazine, Spirou, whose offices in the 1940s were located in the town of Marcinelle, near Charleroi in Belgium.

Stylistically, the Marcinelle school is a mix of cartoonish and realist. It is often cited in books in opposition to
Hergé's ligne claire style. Though both styles have much in common, Marcinelle school is all about conveying the impression of movement, while ligne claire tends to be more schematic.
From Now Onwards, TCU will Try to find out the origins of the comic Books that are reviewed over here and the first step on that is to let the readers know about the creators behind this masterpiece:


jidehem No Image

No Free Image Available


Artist – Sketch Maker

Story Writer




Full Name

Jean De Mesmaeker

Antoine Raymond





73 (21-12-1935)

73 (01-01-1936)

Info Links

Wiki Link, BD Link

BD Link

Famous For

Collaboration with Franquin on Spirou and Fantasio and Gaston La Gaffe as Co-Author

Collaboration with Jideham on Starter

Creator of

Author of Starter, Sophie

One Shot Work for Lucky Luke

As usual, post your comments in the comments section. For those who want to Pen their thoughts in Tamil, Kindly Use the Option Provided in the Widget in the sidebar.

Thanks & Regards,
King Viswa.

Friday, January 16, 2009

33 XIII - A TCU Special Coverage

Dear ComiRades,

Pongal Wishes to One and All. Hope you would have read the Special Pongal post of Comics Doctor and to answer the query that was raised in the comments section, TCU is doing this special Intro Post.

XIII Part 1 Thigil Comics Issue 11 1986 Front CoverLet me tell you that this is not a review post. this post is all about two Things:The Possible Chance of XIII Being Available in Print Media and Electronic Media in the Near Future. Let us start with Print Media. For the Un-Initiated, 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.

ComiRades will remember that the same series is been published by Tamil Nadu Based (Publishers of Lion and Muthu Comics) Prakash Publishers' Thigil Comics way back in the Mid 80's as issue no 6. 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.

Now, this particular series has been followed by ComiRades for 23 Years (Close to Yours Truly's Age, Unlike Other Comi-Blogging Uncles Out here) and the interest level has never ever waned. The Following are the Rare Collection of Cover scans of all the 10 XIII Issues Published so far in Tamil. Part 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 Are Available with the Publishers in their Stock.

XIII Part 2:Lion Diwali SuperSpecial Issue No 42 XIII Part 3:Thigil Comics Issue No 50 XIII Part 4:Thigil Comics Issue No 60
XIII Part 2 Lion Comics Issue 42 October 1986 Cover Lion Diwali Super Special 

XIII Part 3 Thigil Comics Issue 50 Front Cover XIII Part 4 Thigil Comics Issue 60 Front Cover
XIII Part 5:Lion Comics Issue No 110 XIII Part 6:Lion Comics Issue No 122 XIII Part 7:Lion Comics Issue No 136
XIII Part 5 Lion Comics Issue 110 March 1995 Front Cover XIII Part 6 Lion Comics Issue 122 July 1997 Front Cover XIII Part 7 Lion Comics Issue 136 Front Cover
XIII Part 8:Lion Comics Issue No 144 XIII Part 9:Lion Comics Issue No 153 XIII Part 10:Lion Comics Issue No 155
XIII Part 8 Lion Comics Issue 144 October 1998 Front Cover XIII Part 9 Lion Comics Issue 153 September 1999 Front Cover XIII Part 10 Lion Comics Issue 155 January 2000 Front Cover

All said and done, M/s Prakash Publishers are to be congratulated for introducing  such wonderful characters to Tamilians, Let alone Indians / Asians. When a Single issue of the series costing more than Rs 600/- in the international market, Prakash Publishers have done a great favour to us by publishing all these volumes at Rs 200/- Only. However, what saddens TCU is the fact that still many of the ComiRades are yet to Book this special issue. As per the Communication TCU Has, the booking is yet to touch 400 Numbers and this is what hurts TCU the most. Let the first work after reading this be either sending a D.D or Cheque in Favour of Prakash Publishers in the following address: M/s Prakash Publishers, No 8/D-5, Chairman P.K.S.A.A Road, Amman Kovil Patti, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India, Pin Code - 626189. Phone: 04562-272649.

For the last one year, this has been advertised enough. In spite of that, There is not much of response from the ComiRades. Come On Guys, Let us Help him Out. Those who can, try to follow this idea: Kindly gift this wonderful book to three of your best friends who do not read comics NOW. Request them to take their own sweet time to complete this story. And if they do not cry either in the 7th Part Climax or the Early parts of Part 11, Then there is something severely wrong with TCU's Taste.

XIII Collectors Special Teaser 1 XIII Collectors Special Teaser 2 XIII Collectors Special Teaser 03 XIII Collectors Special Teaser 3
XIII Collectors Special Teaser 4 XIII Collectors Special Teaser 5 XIII Collectors Special Teaser 3 XIII Collectors Special Teaser 33

XIII The Conspiracy TV Mini Series Here Comes the most interesting part of the Post: A 2-part TV mini-series, called XIII: The Conspiracy starring Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff was shown on French premium television channel Canal+ in October 2008.It was first shown on TV in France on October 6 and 13, 2008 on Canal+ and is scheduled to be broadcast in both Canada on Global Television and in the USA on NBC February 8th and 15th. The Best News is that it is available in India in HBO Channel with Sub-Titles. The telecast has been already done twice and the schedule for the next set is as follows:

XIII The Conspiracy - Part 1: 19-01-2009, Monday Afternoon 12 PM
XIII The Conspiracy - Part 2: 20-01-2009, Tuesday Afternoon 12 PM

There are changes in this TV Series.The President of U.S of A, Wally Sheridan becomes Sally Sheridan, Their first female president, etc. TCU Doesn't wish to play Spoilsport here by giving other info related to XIII TV Series. Val Kilmer is playing the role of Mangoose and he does a terrific job. Each one of the episodes has a run-time of 86 Minutes and they are a treat to watch. Don't miss them. The first part is titled similar to the first volume of XIII. i.e The Day of the Black Sun. However, the second part is changed to All the tears of Hell.

As usual, post your comments in the comments section. For those who want to Pen their thoughts in Tamil, Kindly Use the Option Provided in the Widget in the sidebar.

Thanks & Regards,
King Viswa.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

10 News 13: TinTin - Gay? (Hindu & DC), Obama With Spiderman (DinaMalar) & I.E Reviews

Dear ComiRades,

Many a Thanks for all of those who called/SMS' ed/Commented/Mailed me on my last News with Chennai Book Fair and the availability of Tamil Comics Books, Especially Lion Comics and Muthu Comics. It gives us great strength to know that many of you follow TCU when it comes to anything related to Comics. Thanks a Ton.

When TinTin celebrated his 80th Birthday, a New controversy broke out when a British Senator questioned the Character of TinTin while proposing that he is a Gay. Here are two articles related to that. By the way, TCU Has a complete story on TinTin & considering the number of Scans in this post, that part was relegated to future post. When we read the Deccan Chronicle article, TCU couldn't Miss the point when they got the comment from Mr Gaman (Remember Cheziyan's Comment in the previous post).

The Hindu - 20:01:09 Page 22
The Hindu 11012009 Page 22

Deccan Chronicle 11-01-09 Pg 20
DC 11012009 CC Page 20

As Usual, Americans tried to catch with up with the Obama Factor and the fact that he is going to be crowned as the president of U.S of A Soon. Hence, they tried another marketing strategy by combining Spiderman (Imaginary Saviour) with Obama (The Supposedly Real Life Saviour). This was carried as a News in Kalaignar TV (A Tamil Channel from India) on 9th Jan in their evening News. TCU Will try to get that news as well.

DinaMalar - 12-01-2009 Page 9
DinaMalar 12012009 Page 9
Indian Express 11-01-09 Z Pg 3
IE 10012009 Zeitgeist Page 3 BR

The remaining scans are the usual weekly reviews from Indian Express where M/s Sneha Nagesh is doing a commendable job by writing regularly on Comics. However, have a closer look at the first scan from Deccan Chronicle for it gives another significant moment for the graphic novel segment in India. Mr Amit DasGupta has tried his new story in the graphic Novel style and that fact itself needs to be appreciated.

Deccan Chronicle 11-01-09 Pg VI
DC 11012009 SC Page 6 final
Indian Express 11-01-09 Z Pg 3
IE 10012009 Zeitgeist Page 3

IE 10012009 Zeitgeist Page 3 Two

Of Late, the Number of ComiRades turning into Bloggers is increasing like anything. Here is another one: Mr Shiva from Chennai (Designer By Nature & Artist By Profession) has started his own Blog Named Art of Comics and hopefully will continue to enthrall us with his quality of writing. He, sometimes, comments under the pseudonym of Captain Tiger. Welcome Shiva to the exciting world of Comi-Blogging.

Another one, Our Beloved Chithira Puthaga Maha Rasigan, Has also started his own blog and TCU Expects a Lot from CPMR From U.S of A. Of Course, he has put only a test post, he already has a follower as well. Waiting for greater things from you Mr CPMR. Don't let us Down.

Laziness is Catching up with TCU & It can be gauged by the fact that in the last 5 posts, 4 of them turns out to be News Articles. This trend will be arrested very soon by a Intro Post. As usual, post your comments in the comments section. For those who want to Pen their thoughts in Tamil, Kindly Use the Option Provided in the Widget in the sidebar.

Thanks & Regards,
King Viswa.

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