Chacha Chaudhary, Billu and Pinki — the three landmark creations of Indian comics by cartoonist Pran Kumar Sharma, who passed away on Wednesday at age 76 — are still going strong, say wholesale and retail dealers.
Pran who took children and even adults into the magical world of his comics has left behind a void which is hard to fill, say comic fans in Ludhiana.
Even today when children are more amused by iPhones, Internet games, videos and e-world, the essence of reading comics is intact.
Although with time, rate of comics has increased from Rs 8 to Rs 50, the sale has not dropped. Talking to Newsline, Daljeet Singh Rinku, owner of Sardar Magazine Store, Ghumar Mandi, said, “Pran’s characters are never going to die. The best part is that customers of his comics are not only children but elders and even senior citizens who flock to our shop after every few days to enquire about new titles. On average we are selling 50 comics a month even when children hardly read books these days.”
Gulshan Chopra from Chopra Magazine Shop, Clock Tower, Old City, who has been selling comics in wholesale for 40 years, said: “In holiday months of June and March, sale of Chacha Chowdhary comics goes up. Otherwise too, we are procuring 500 copies a month and even repeat orders are sent because they are sold. Other characters like Nagraj, Super Commandos came and died but Pran comics are never low in sale. Repeat and old titles also sell like hot cakes.”
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“Even after his death, Chacha Chaudhary is going nowhere as it never did in the past 50 years,” added Chopra.
Thirty-year-old Amit, a Dugri resident, said, “I still buy 20 comics a month and my collection is bloating with time. Age is never a factor to read Pran’s characters.”