Now, now Sherlock, please don't be offended. I am a bit of a layman science-fan, and something of a sceptic in general, so that's why I was hesitant to believe that this comic really exists. In science, everything is always expected to be challenged, and proven many times over, until it can be seen as something of a truth.
Honest to God, predabot, I was never offended, not even for a pico-second. (hey, that’s rather scientific, don’t you think?
) And what you say about the spirit of scientific enquiry is absolutely correct.
Don't take it as any sort of personal slant towards you at all, I know you're a good guy.
Thanka a million, predabot, for your kind words, which, more than proving my goodness, prove your magnanimity.
So... is this digest actually any good? Is the reproduction on the strips good? The print? Do tell, lads.
About this recently reprinted digest no. 18, it’s cover page quality, interior page quality and print quality is as good as it was about 20 years ago, only difference is, originally, interior art was in colour, now it’s b/w.
A bit more info about diamond’s digest as such, predabot. They are very good books for any reader looking to read falk/barry combo stories in full colour, in Hindi/English. A lot many readers would say that indrajal’s presentation was somehow better, and yes, there was something special about indrajaals,(actually for me, personally, indrajaals ‘uniqueness’ has got a lot to do with the thrill a young kid, still unable to read, felt when his dad, while returning from office, religiously brought a new comics every week), but diamond’s falk/barry stories are a lot less edited version. Indrajaal, at times, used to do a lot of editing of seemingly repetitive frames. Diamond did it a lot less, and that’s why I appreciate diamond’s presentation better. Now it’s difficult for me to explain to you what I mean, again, my constraint in putting a few pictures here is glaring, but if any Indian fan can help you here, try comparing the indrajaal’s and diamond’s presentation of falk’s superthrilling story ‘the vultures’,(D114), the indrajaals version is soooooooooooooo heavily edited, I almost felt foolish when I read the completely unedited diamond’s version a few years later.
Similarly, diamond’s colouring, most of the times, is miles ahead of indrajaal. Again, if you could’ve compared indrajaals and diamonds version of another falk/barry combo, “the reef” (D88) you could have easily appreciated the better colouring of diamond. That’s why, I feel diamond did a much, much better job of bringing some of the best falk stories, in an almost unedited form, to Indian fans.
Now follow this link, and read carefully what I am about to write below.
First of all, on that page, click the link to the cover scan of digest number 18. That’s the cover of no. 18 published years ago. You can very clearly see, right below the diamond comics logo, top left corner, is the price mentioned, Rs. 15. Now, mentally, simply substitute figure 15 with 50, and you have got the cover of recently reprinted no. 18 that I purchased about 10 days. As for stories it contains, that page mentions diamond’s titles. So diamond’s “rouge elephant” is D99, diamond’s “ex-convicts” is "the crime school D97", and diamond’s “the dictator” is "the satchel D96." note one more thing, carefully look at all the cover scans available on that page. You can see that till about digest 10, price if Rs. 12, from 11 onwards, price is Rs. 15,, and 24 onwards, it’s priced Rs. 20, but no. 43 is again Rs. 15, because by that time, diamond has decreased the page count by half.
Hope all this adds to your info about diamond comics phantom digests.