Welcome back after a small gap. Most probably those who have booked their Jumbo Specials’ would have got them now, as the publishers are shipping them in the order of FIFO booking; That is, First In, First Out. Hence, those who have booked them first, will be receiving them first. This action by the publisher must be applauded sincerely because they are giving respect to those who have responded initially.
Now, Then; Jumbo Special is a landmark issue in the annals of Tamil comics and hence it deserves a VVS post (Very Very Special) and hence TCU will be making a post which will have more than 85 images and will have the complete details that you wanted to know about the origin, development and making of Jumbo special. All you need to do is, Just wait for 5 more days and you’ll have a landmark post to celebrate the landmark issue.
Now, Lets come to this post. Another preview post in TCU and this time we are not discussing multiple issues and only about the next issue of Muthu Comics. We all know that the last issue of Muthu Comics (Issue No 312) was on sales somewhere in Aug 2009 and the previous issue of Muthu Comics (Issue No 311) was on shops in Feb 2009. Hence, when we are about to receive the next issue, it becomes a must to do a preview post in TCU. Here is the advertisement of the same in the last issue of Muthu comics and the corresponding panels from the original daily strip (The long return) which was running from 02nd Jan 1961 to 08th April 1961.
Muthu Comics Issue No 312-Dated Aug 2009-Next Issue Ad–Johnny Hazard
Johnny Hazard–Daily Strip 58–The Long Return–2nd Jan 61 to 8th Apr 61
In the latest Jumbo Special, there was another advertisement and the beauty about the book is that, this book is going to become a collectors delight as this will be the last ever Johnny Hazard comics book published in Black & White in Tamil language and the 2nd last Muthu comics in Black & White.
Lion Comics Issue No 208 - Next Issue Ad for Muthu Comics Issue No 313
Johnny Hazard - The Long Return–2nd Jan 61 to 8th Apr 61
THE Cover. Yes, have a closer look at the mixing of colours and you’ll find that there is no one better in making the covers. And, TCU is always had this habit of bringing out the inspirations behind the cover post. And hence, here is the inspiration for the cover post. Now, then; the reason for using this as a cover is very simple. Those who came in late, Johnny Hazard stories are published as daily strips in News papers and hence, they did not have any covers to publish. even the compilations of Johnny Hazard strips were of similar designs. Hence, when you are publishing the stories of him, you are in need to produce covers. this can be tackled in two ways: Using the inner panels to re draw the cover or using some other covers as a model to make it look better. TCU has already discussed about the same in brief in 2 of the earlier posts: No Comments 1 & No Comments 2.
Muthu Comics Issue No 313 - Vinnil Oru Kulla Nari - Johnny Hazard - Cover
Cover Inspiration - Secret Agent Prime Page
Now, most of us can have the cover and hence can do the post. TCU would love to differentiate from that by presenting the Editor’s POV on this issue by bringing the synopsis with his own writing. Yes, right from the horses mouth.
Editor S. Vijayan’s Synopsis:
விங்-கமாண்டர் ஜார்ஜ் தோன்றும் விண்ணில் ஒரு குள்ளநரி! ஐந்தே 5 பயணிகளுடன் சென்றிடும் ஒரு விமானத்தில் பயணமாகின்றார் நமது விங்-கமாண்டர் ஜார்ஜ். வழக்கம்போல சோதனைகள் அவரைத் தேடி வருகின்றன! விமானம் கடத்தப்படுகிறது!
பனி படர்ந்த மலைப்பிரதேசத்தில் தரையிரங்கும் விமானத்தை கடத்தியவர்களின் நோக்கம் தான் என்ன? ஜார்ஜ் இந்த இக்கட்டிலிருந்து எப்படி வெளிவந்திட வழி தேடுகிறார்? விடைகள் "விண்ணில் ஒரு குள்ளநரியில்.
The second story in this book is that of Agent Roger Moore and we have discussed enough about Roger Moore in This post (Click HERE to read that). Here is what our Editor has to say about this story:
Editor S. Vijayan’s Synopsis:
இந்த இதழின் இன்னுமொரு highlight - ஏஜெண்ட் ரோஜர் மூர் தோன்றும் "அழகிய அவஸ்தை"! இதுவும் ஒரு விமானக் கடத்தலோடு துவங்கியது...
ஆனால் இம்முறை கடத்தப்படுவதோ புதிதாய் மகுடம் சூட்டிய உலக அழகி! அழகும், ஆபத்தும் ஒருங்கே இருக்கிறதென்றால் நமது ஹீரோ ரோஜர் மூரும் அங்கே பிரசன்னமாகிவிடுவது வழக்கம் தானே!
பரபரப்பான ஆக்ஷன் த்ரில்லர்! படிக்கத் தவறாதீர்கள்.
Now, before we move on to the next part about getting those books in our hand, lets do a flashback of the latest books involving these 2 heroes in Muthu Comics. The Previous books featuring these 2 heroes are all available in Lion Comics office and all you need to get them was a simple phone call where they’ll instruct you how to make money (DD / Cheque) and you can get these books which will surely become collectors edition in the near future as the last batch of Black & White books. This is the Phone Number that you need to dial in: 04562-272649.
Now, to get these books in hand without the hassle of going to the nearest bookstore is to book it in advance. Those doubting Thomas's would have got the answer by the availability of Jumbo special. Yes, you can pre-order these books by filling up the coupon:
If you wanted to have a look at the covers of these books, kindly visit TCU’s post HERE. The last book is not going to be published in Black & White and that will be the beginning of the new era in Tamil Comics. Yes, that issue marks the beginning of the Prakash Publishers, Version 2.0
Well, that's all for the time being. 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 Blog.
By the way, when was the last time that you’ve written a letter to our Editor on the comics? Kindly do write in your opinions and the comments about Jumbo special and other things.
Thanks & Regards,