The Greatest Comics are Gotham Comics. Remember this quote? Lakhs of 90’s Indian kids do! Amidst the likes of Raj Comics, Manoj Comics and Diamond Comics, we had an imprint which became extremely popular during the late 90’s and the early years of the new millennium.
The difference between Gotham Comics and other Indian publishers was that Gotham’s complete focus was to publish stories of foreign superheroes that weren’t easily available to Indian fans. During the heydays of Gotham Comics, it collaborated with the likes of industry giants, Marvel and DC, to publish their comic books in the Indian market.
The most popular format of Gotham Comics was the pocket-sized comic books which became a hit among the Indian comic book fans. At one time, Gotham was publishing 28 different titles and its collaboration with several foreign publications was allowing them access to over 10000 comic books featuring characters like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, Tarzan, Scooby-Doo, The Powerpuff Girls, The Flintstones, and Wonder Woman.
The comic books became so popular that Gotham Comics decided to publish them in regional languages like Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Tamil and more. The comic books used to have a letters column known as Sharad’s corner where the founder, Sharad Devarajan used to reply to readers’ letters on a regular basis.
In mid-2000’s, Gotham Comics started printing their comics on thin paper of poor quality. This move backfired BIG TIME, and sales plummeted like they had never before. During this crisis, Gotham teamed up with Marvel Comics and introduced the Indian version of Spiderman, who donned a “Dhoti”, a traditional Indian attire. The character turned some heads but couldn’t sustain for a long time.
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By 2007, Gotham Comics started disappearing from the comic book shops and newsstands. This marked the end of the publication and it was never revived again, except for one time the very next year. Gotham teamed up with an emerging publication called Virgin Comics and published three series based on the characters from Indian mythology- Devi, Snake Woman and Sadhu. Additionally, the imprint published the critically acclaimed series, Ramayana 3392 AD, a futuristic Sci-Fi story based loosely on the Indian epic, Ramayana.
Gotham Comics allowed the Indian Comic book fans to read foreign superhero comics, which wouldn’t have been possible without them, courtesy the high prices of those comics. Today, Gotham Comics are considered as rare collector items among the Indian comic fans.