Friday, March 1, 2013

Snow White Comic from India

I have a friend who is currently attending grad school in India, and late last year, she happened to come across this 100-page comic book. (Measures 7" x 5" when closed.) Issued in 2012, it features a cover illustration of Snow White and the Dwarfs in the style used for the 2009 Blu-ray/DVD.



Except for a sprinkling of English words here and there, the vast majority of text is printed in the Malayalam language, which is basically only found in Kerala, India. The weekly comic magazine is called "Bālarama". It started publication back in 1972 and is known for reproducing various American comics, including Disney.

A "Scratch & Win" card featuring a national cricket player was stapled to the first page.



Most of the book is filled with more traditional Indian-looking comics featuring Hindu deities and similar content.



Yet, the mythical tale of Snow White is a universal one and actually feels right at home here. The comic strip tells the story up to the point where the Queen has ordered the huntsman to kill the princess. It probably continues in a subsequent issue.






Snow shows up again later in an ad for what appears to be some sort of video game contest or order form.



Thanks to Snow White enthusiast Nunziante Valoroso, we know a bit more about the actual Story White artwork and story found within this book. It was originally printed in a hardback, 44 page glossy edition by Dargaud in France. Date of first publication was 1991, origin Disney Europe. The text was written by Régis Maine, illustrations by Santiago Barreira, and ink by Comicup Studio. For more info, see I.N.D.U.C.K.S.

Also thanks to Kottayam Cet for additional information and to Jess Haven for sharing this unique Snow White find. 

7 comments:

  1. The version of the comic book story is the recent one designed by Studio Comicup in 1992 and Santiago Barreira , first printed in a hardback glossy edition by Dargaud in France!

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    1. Thanks Nunziante! I'll update the post with this info.

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  2. Hi! Here's the link to the I.N.D.U.C.K.S. page with the complete dates of this version of the story. The script was by Regis Maine.
    http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=E+GN+93-02

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  3. This is a Malayalam language weekly comic magazine called "Bālarama". It started publishing in 1972. The magazine is known for reproducing various American comics (such as Disney Comics, Carl Anderson's Henry, Spider-Man, Batman, Phantom, Mandrake the Magician etc.) in Malayalam language.

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    1. Thank you KC; I have updated the post to include your info.

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  4. The story of Disney's Snow White was also published by another weekly comic magazine in Malayalam, known as "Bālabhūmi". That was almost ten years ago...

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