India’s comic industry began in the mid-1960s when the leading newspaper The Times of India launched Indrajal Comics.
Over the last three decades Diamond Comics, Raj Comics, Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha have established vast distribution networks countrywide and are read by hundreds of thousands of children in a wide range of languages. Famous comic creators from India include Aabid Surti, Uncle Pai and cartoonist Pran Kumar Sharmaand famous characters are Chacha Chaudhary, Bahadur, Detective Moochwala, Nagraj, Super Commando Dhruva, Doga, Suppandi and Shikari Shambhu. Anant Pai, affectionately known as “Uncle Pai,” is credited with helping to launch India’s comic book industry in the 1960s with his “Amar Chitra Katha” series chronicling the ancient Hindu mythologies.
Currently, Raj Comics, Diamond Comics, Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle Comics are the four major comic publishers in India.
India’s once-flourishing comic industry is in sharp decline because of increasing competition from satellite television (children’s television channels) and the gaming industry.