DC and Marvel have been pioneers in creating larger than life personas commonly known as “Superheroes” like Batman, Superman (DC universe), Iron Man, Hulk, Thor (Marvel universe), who captured our imagination and still rule our heart. Under the illustrious brands of Raj Comics and Diamond Comics, many Indian counterparts were created for millennials.
The most prominent hero among the ensemble cast of superheroes, his main characteristic ability is to churn snakes out of his body at his perusal. He goes by the name of Nagraj meaning king of snakes (naga means snakes and raja means king). Throughout his 25 years of publication history, he has become the most loved superhero. Portrayed as the most venomous person in the world, a single child subjected to poison at a young age.
He was raised to by his antagonist initially and started out as a villain, but later transformed to fight against terrorism. His body is equipped with small snakes in place of blood cells which make him invulnerable to any disease. His astonishing abilities are dispersing snakes which are initially in small size, but once outside, can grow to actual sizes. His snakes can explode, used to make a boat, etc. He is merged with another venomous being, residing inside his body; they can be detached at his will to form a combat team.
2) Super Commando Dhruv
Everybody has witnessed the likes of Batman, Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D, etc. India’s answer came in late 1980’s in the guise of Super Commando Dhruv. Born and raised in a circus he hails from a family of trapeze. Mostly inspired by Batman, he has similar crime fighting techniques who wanders his city while applying his detective skills; his special abilities include talking to various animals (an art he picked up while in circus), breathing underwater for prolonged hours, an escapologist (no lock can hold him), expert marksman, can fight blindfolded and many more superheroic traits.
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Another immensely popular character in Indian Comics, a first of his kind, an anti-hero was brought forward in 1992. While growing under tumultuous times, his life was surrounded by child abuse, an annihilation of his multiple families made him into a sociopath. His comics depict the inevitable truth with a background set close to realty and most of the times inspired by real life stories embedded into virtual world nicely. He is a man of ideals and principles and believes that total destruction of perpetrators can only bring justice.
A past so horrific, led him to be a superhero with no remorse over his enemies. His special abilities include talking to dogs, commanding them according to his needs, he carries an arsenal of weapons with him as he is an expert marksman, trained in martial arts, boxing and gained superhuman strength due to rigorous training in a gym. His real stories make a quick connect with readers and his mass popularity among adults make him the most read Superhero, among the three popular superheroes in India.
Parmanu is the Indian counterpart of Atom (DC comics) whilst the similar name, which in India means atom. Inspector Vinay transforms into Parmanu by a specially designed suit which grants him powers. He can shrink to any possible size, superhuman strength, super speed, agility, radiation sense, etc. Posed to a tragic past, his family was killed when he was really young. He was mentored by his uncle a learned scientist who incidentally designed his power suit. A voice recognition system installed in the suit allows him to utilize his powers through commands. He has an ally in the form of a robot which aides him in defending and reporting a crime.
The better half of the year 1997 gave India a new superhero Shaktiman(power man). His origin story revolves around the powers one can attain after performing severe meditation and yogic (Kundalini Yoga) asanas to gain control over the five elements fire, earth, water, the wind, and sky, merged into his body as he attained superhuman strength, power, and intellect. Trained under Suryanshi’s(The group of protectors of the realm), he is believed to be a re-birth of their founder. He can perform superhuman feats, travel with the speed of light and is a skilled fighter. He also portrays psychic powers like telepathy, telekinesis, teleport to places, etc. Shaktiman can only be destroyed by a black stone which is said to be the embodiment of evil. He catapulted to such heights of popularity, that his televised version was produced which was a major hit with the masses.
Devi comics follow the incarnations of goddess Durga, born to defeat the antagonist Bala. Different eras have different incarnates; presently the chosen form is one named Tara Mehta who awakens Devi, granting her immense powers, which once awakened inside a host, grants her the ability of flight, super healing, heat generation, immortality, invulnerability, light projection, longevity, stamina, super hearing, super sight, swordsmanship, unarmed combat, etc.