Comic book fans exist everywhere, irrespective of boundaries. Even though they feature fictional characters who take on astonishingly impossible tasks, they are always entertaining and can have a positive message as well. The need of a hero in our chaotic world has always been a necessity and comic books, at least to a point, stated that fact. They worked with our political conditions, which gave them a specific credibility, where they dealt with the aftermath of such a character’s involvement. Whether it is this world or the other, the fight between good and evil will remain forever. With that in mind, most countries have produced their share of comics, sometimes as entertainment, sometimes for propaganda purposes. Let’s take a look at four of these foreign comic books, and learn how influential this medium is, shall we?
Captain Canuck (Canada)
Created by cartoonist Ron Leishman and artist/writer Richard Comely, Captain Canuk was the first successful comic book venture after the collapse of the Canadian comic book industry, right after WW2. Heavily inspired by Captain America, Captain Canuck has a similar patriotic status among the Canadian people. Bearing a Maple leaf on his temple, Captain Canuck announces his allegiance to his country with pride. Through years, Captain Canuck comics were published by numerous companies, including Comely Comics and ChapterHouse comics. Captain Canuck is sometimes confused with Marvel’s Alpha Flight’s leader Guardian, due to the resemblance in their costumes.
A superhero from Down-Under, Brainmaster was created by Gerald Carr and was published by Aussie-super comics. Brainmaster, as the title suggests, possesses telepathic powers and he fights his enemies through mind control. Along with his sidekick Vixen, who was a biologist before she took the part of a vigilante, Brainmaster fights crime in style. Both of these characters made their first appearance in 1970, in the edition Wart’s epic. In it, they are portrayed as two scientists who is subjected to genetic mutation.
Created by Uri Fink, Sabraman is Israel’s version of Superman. He can shoot lasers from his eyes, has the power of flight, and can create a magnetic force field around him so that no one can attack him. Formerly a police officer, Sabraman was subjected to a government superhuman project, which resulted in his creation. His first appearance was in 1978, in the first edition of Sabraman comics, titled Sabraman. It wasn’t actually a success initially, but managed to stay published as a newspaper comic. Make sure you don’t mistake it for Sabra, the Israeli superhero of Marvel.
Indians adore Batman and Superman, along with many other fictional characters, but even years after his publication, Shaktimaan is the real superhero for us. It started off as a television series and the huge success of this superhero saga led to numerous publications in comic form, and they were well received by the kids. With a similar setting to Superman, Shaktimaan follows the lives of an ordinary man who turns out to be extraordinary. A reincarnation of a powerful yogi, Shaktimaan gains powers to fight the ultimate nemesis Kilvish. As his alternate ego, he works on a newspaper by the name of Gangadhar.