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Tinkle turns 29!

Do the comic characters, Suppandi or Kalia the Crow strike a nostalgic chord for those born in the 1980’s? Well, these characters from the popular old-school comic series called Tinkle turned 29 this year.

books Updated: Dec 09, 2009 19:38 IST
Serena Menon

TinkleDo the comic characters, Suppandi, Kalia the Crow or Shikari Shambhu strike a nostalgic chord for those born in the 1980’s? Well, these characters and others from the popular old-school comic series called Tinkle turned 29 this year.

Launched by the Amar Chitra Katha in 1980, Anant Pai’s brainchild, Tinkle comic, has come a long way. And one of its most landmark contributions of all time has been the moral lessons slipped in at the end of every fable and folk tale. Most of which were Indianised to taste, but are memorised till date.

After launching a website a few years ago, Tinkle now plans to add some more interactive features to the comic, before revamping the Science and Technology pages, to make way for a new superhero on the existing character list.

Tinkle magazine was one of the few publications from the 1980’s that survived the advent of cable TV and managed to keep kids reading. It was around then that comics like ‘Phantom’ and magazines like ‘Target’ also shut down.

But among all this dynamism, the die-hard fans aren’t that happy. With kitsch value slowly being replaced with new and upgraded graphic imagery, they feel that the comic is losing out on its real flavour. The fun, they recall, was in spending hours writing down stories addressed to Uncle Pai, vying for the first place Rs 75 cash prize.