In 1964, the publisher of The Times of India
decided to try its hand at comic books. It started with The Phantom
by Lee Falk for the first couple years before branching out into other characters also syndicated by King Features, well-known fictional people like Mandrake the Magician, Flash Gordon, Kerry Drake, among others, as well as the secret agent Phil Corrigan.
Instead of various magazines, Indrajal Comics had one title which really had no title at all except for the name of that issue. And once it opened the floodgates for stories other than about The Phantom
, there was no way to know what would be coming next.
Each issue was numbered so readers could at least know if they had missed one. A total of 803 comics were produced in the 27 years of the comics' existence, though two planned issues never made it to the public due, apparently, to a strike. As a result, the last one released was #805. It was the last of the Dara
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. The work there is worth a lot of time browsing and it is one source for the Dara