Nagraj is India’s most popular superhero. Begun in the 1980’s, Nagraj is the longest running Indian superhero, the character has changed a lot over the years, both with his look, and his abilities, which at first were close to human normal, but then grew until he could shoot thousands of snakes out of wrists to form anything from whips, to nets, to even parachutes, and grew so strong that he was able to toss things into orbit.
Many different artists worked on the Nagraj and were able to bring the idea of the character to the life in their own unique ways. Let’s take a look at these artists. and their contributions:
1. Late Shree Pratap Mullick
Late Shree Pratap Mullick Ji illustrated Nagraj in his first 50 issues from 1986 to 1995. Mullick ji has his own unique style which is still loved by many. The issues featured Nagraj’s adventures where he travelled different countries around the world to fight against terrorism. He played a pivotal role in bringing the idea of Nagraj to the life and shaping his personality during the initial years for a decade.
2. Anupam Sinha
Since 1995, the illustration work of Nagraj has been taken over by artist and writer Anupam Sinha. Ever since Anupam Sinha took over the den of Nagraj, his powers and abilities have evolved a great deal making him powerful enough to counter any character of the comics universe. Anupam Sinha added the elements of fantasy and sci-fi to the Nagraj comics with his captive writing and fascinating drawings. Every panel of his comics is detailed and mesmerizing. Anupam Sinha’s Nagraj is the most popular and loved character among the readers for its art and writing.
3. Hemant Kumar
Hemant Kumar started drawing Nagraj in World Terrorism Series in 2007. He works on the Aatankharta Nagraj timeline and uses contemporary style of drawing. Hemant’s Nagraj artworks are sharp, dynamic and full of actions. Hemant Kumar also illustrates Narak Nashak Nagraj, This Nagraj is a bit different from original Nagraj in appearence and powers. He wears a jacket & pants and has long hair. He also rides on a flying snake named Sarpat.
4. Vinod Kumar
Vinod Kumar has been inking Nagraj comics for almost two decades now. He has been a long time collaborater with Anupam Sinha and inks the penciling done by him. He worked on multiple solo and multistarrer comics of Nagraj.
5. Lalit Kumar
Lalit Kumar has worked on many poster, pin ups ads and covers of Nagraj Comics for a decade. He was recently a part of DC workshop (now working in DC) where he was appreciated for his works done on Nagraj comics.
6. Jagdish Kumar
Jagdish Kumar is considered to be one of the best inker of recent times. He collaborates mostly with Lalit Kumar & Hemant Kumar. He has inked different posters, covers and comics of Nagraj in World Terrorism Series.
7. Eeshwar Arts
Eeshwar Kumar inks the Nagraj in recent years and issues of Kshatipurti series and Sarvanayak series. He mostly works on pencils of Hemant Kumar and also worked on various covers posters and pinups.
8. Sunil Pandey
The list would be incomplete without mentioning Sunil Pandey, who has been credited for coloring and lettering the maximum number of Nagraj comics. He worked on issues of late 90s to 2000s with Anupam Sinha and Vinod Kumar.
Besides all the above mentioned artists, various others have also worked on few issues: Vitthal Kamble used to ink Nagraj comics before Vinod Kumar. Gaurav Shrivastav has inked few issues for Nagraj comics. Dheeraj Verma has also penciled Nagraj in Sarvnayak Seies, Aakhri Series and done various posters of him. Ishan Trivedi has colored many posters and issues in recent years. Recently Tadam Gyadu made his debute in Raj Cimics with working on Nagraj issue Adrashay Shadyanta. Abhishek Malsuni has done various posers and covers of Nagraj as well.