We still love superheroes comics that entertain us with bright costumes and action-packed dialogues and punches. As our characters Nagraj and Commando Dhruv have turned 30 we bring you Anupam Sinha who made developed these men of steel.
Nagraj ki kabr, Nagraj ka insaf, Nagraj ke dushman, Nagraj and super commando Dhruv, et al. Reading such titles would surely bring a smile on your face while you think pictures of superheroes clad in green and yellow-blue costumes saving lives of fellow citizens.
The man who has been entertaining us with super action and bio-tech cloning comics is Anupam Sinha, resident of Rohini Sector 13. He is the big daddy of Nagraj and another superhero Super Commando Dhruv and created them nearly 30 years back.
Illustrator, writer, cartoonist Sinha has more than 700 Nagraj and Dhruv comics to his credit. He also used sci-fi and cloning technology in his comics back in 1995 that amazed his readers.
Precision to every character
Sinha's characters didn't come out of nowhere and there was a logical reason and background for their powerful stunts.
On asking whether his superheroes were inspired from someone, he shared, "First of all, my characters are not inspired by the western world. I made simple but extraordinary heroes who could do strange and powerful things. So I placed Dhruv in a circus, where he was born which gave him logic for his flexibility and pick up all kinds of wonderful skills."
Likewise, Sinha said Nagraj had a logical background as venom in his white blood cells gave him deadly powers.
Birth of superheroes
His creative journey began back in 1982 when he created his own characters Space Star, Detective Kapil while working with Chitra Bharti.
Later while he was working with Diamond Comics, he illustrated characters like Tau Ji and Fauladi Singh.
But, birth of Nagraj and Commando Dhruv from his nib paved the way to success.
Apart from heroes, he has also created hundreds of villains to challenge his superheroes in every comic.
"Yes, I give emphasis on villains because they make comics very interesting and they are the central attraction of every comic. Nagraj and Dhruv are one-dimensional characters, which is why I have to think of ways to make my villains more powerful and exciting for readers," said the illustrator.
So far, no other illustrator has introduced any new superhero which could live up the expectations of heroes made by Sinha.
"I can proudly say that in last 25 years, more than five crore copies of my characters have been sold out. But, there is no one in India who has ever introduced any superhero in past 25 years. It is time to wake up and look where we have reached. Now, I am also changing my focus from comics to novel," said Sinha.
Sinha as a person
He is a simple man who loves to be around fiction and his comics. He spends nearly 18 hours every day in pumping life to his sketches.
He also feels sad when his action heroes get punched or are left alone by their loved ones. Sinha gets absorbed while writing comics.
But, how keeping people glued to the comics has become an uphill task he says as this is the age for graphic novels.
"New readers are very few. Comics have become a challenging field to survive. In '80s comics were on its peak but when television, internet and mobile and other games arrived comics took a backseat. Now, we are writing graphic novels that attract readers worldwide. It is the demand of the hour and we have to survive till last," he expressed.
"I can proudly say that in last 25 years, more than five crore copies of my characters have been sold out. But, there is no one in India who has ever introduced any superhero in past 25 years. It is time to wake up and look where we have reached. Now, I am also changing my focus from comics to novel.