Kkrish had been touted as the first Indian superhero and Hrithik Roshan donned the mask (I’m yet to watch the movie, but am in no hurry). On the silver screen, maybe. On television there was the crappy Shaktiman (looked more like a parody of Superman) played by a visibly aging Mukesh Khanna. But in the real world of superheroes, in the pages of comic books, it is the asli angry young man – Amitabh Bachchan (he is no longer young nor angry) who first donned the undies (rather a lungi) over the bodysuit. The Big B might be better remembered as the chain-haunted Inspector Vijay Khanna, but he also possessed an alter ego (like most superheroes) – Supremo. There was the original Little Master Sunil Gavaskar as Sunny (but I’m not sure who came in first).
The must-visit blog for any genuine Indian comic lover – The Comic Project – has posted a Supremo comic (the reason behind this post). It is second in the series of The Adventures of Amitabh Bachchan scripted by Gulzar and published by India Book House, the force behind Amar Chitra Katha, the institution from where we all learned our epics, biographies and fables.
If anyone has copies of Supremo or Sunny comics please do let TCP (or me) know. And do keep Supremo’s real identity a secret.
Image courtesy: internationalhero.co.uk/India Book House