Nagraj Collection (Raj comics):-
Nagraj is a fictional superhero appearing in Indian comic books published by Raj Comics created in the late 1980s by Rajkumar Gupta and his sons Manoj Gupta and Sanjay Gupta. First appeared comics Nagraj GENL #14 which was written by Parshuram Sharma and illustrated by Pratap Mullick.
After that Sanjay Ashtpure, Pratap Mullick, Chandu, Milind Misal, and Vitthal Kamble alternately illustrated the character for 44 issues, ending in 1995 with Visarpi Ki Shadi.
Nagraj is believed to have been inspired by the mythological Ichchhadhari Nag (shapeshifting snakes) and historical Vishmanushya (venomous human). His stories create a rich blend of mythology, fantasy, magic, and science fiction. Many fans believe that, over time, Nagraj’s comics have developed snake mythology of their own, which is unique to the popular Indian beliefs about snakes that are prevalent among the masses.
Origin of Nagraj:-
In ancient times, there existed a kingdom known as Takshaknagar, ruled by King Takshakraj and Queen Lalita who had no children. The absence of a prince or princess made Nagpasha, the younger brother of King Takshakraj the only potential heir to the throne.
One day when the queen was going to pray to Deva Kaljayi, Nagpasha replaced the curtained plate of her offerings to the god with one containing a dead mongoose. The Snake God got angry and knocked her unconscious with his venomous breath. When the child was born, everyone believed him dead because his whole body was blue and showed no signs of life.
As per Hindu rituals, the newborn baby was thrown into the river. Meanwhile, the snake deity Deva Kaljayi appeared in the dreams of King Maniraj and his wife Queen Manika, rulers of ageless Ichchhadhaari nags, living secretly on an invisible island in the Indian Ocean called Nagdweep. He told them the location of the baby and asked them to cure him. Many years passed and the treatment started showing results and, although still in the suspended animation, the color of the baby had gradually changed to green.
Later Vishandhar, an evil Tantrik placed him back into the same bushes in the river where he was found. A priest of the nearby temple located him and gave him to Professor Nagmani, who was wandering in the nearby forest searching for snakes. The child had extraordinary healing powers and was extremely venomous. He raised the baby, who became Nagraj.
In his debut issue, Nagraj was unleashed as an international terror weapon by the evil scientist Professor Nagmani. In this first mission, was tasked with stealing a golden statue of a Goddess from a temple that was protected by tribal devotees, snakes, and by a mysterious 300-year-old Sadhu named Baba Gorakhnath. He succeeded in his task, but upon confrontation with Gorakhnath and his mystic black mongoose shikangi, was defeated.
Gorakhnath read his mind and discovered that Professor Nagmani had implanted a mind-control device in the form of a capsule in Nagraj’s head, to keep him under his control. Gorakhnath operated and removed the capsule from his head, setting him free of Professor Nagmani’s control. Then he became Baba Goraknath’s disciple and vowed to eliminate crime and terror from the Earth. Since then, Nagraj has toured the world and defeated many villains and terrorists such as Bulldog, Gangster William, Seaman, General Tamta, Shankar Shahanshah.
Nagraj lives as Raj in a fictional Metropolitan City Mahanagar as an employee of a TV channel that he owns secretly.
Nagraj Parallel Series (Raj comics):-
These days Raj Comics has published three parallel series, where each Nagraj is involved in a different universe. There are the following three parallel series:
- Nagraj: – The original ongoing series which is being illustrated and written by Anupam Sinha. This version is now called Vishwarakshak Nagraj (विश्वरक्षक नागराज).
- Aatankharta Nagraj (आतंकहर्ता नागराज): – This Nagraj appears in the World Terrorism series. This version was introduced with the comics ‘Hari Maut’ SPCL #2281 which was released on 5 September 2007. This is another timeline that separated from विश्वरक्षक नागराज after the comics ‘Visarpi Ki Shadi’ SPCL #42. In this timeline, He does not move to Mahanagar but continues on the mission to eliminate world terrorism. Until now, this series has not portrayed villains with supernatural powers, but are more like gangsters or dons of different countries/cities.
- Narak Nashak Nagraj (नरकनाशक नागराज): – This Nagraj is a bit different in appearance. He was introduced in the comics ‘Hallabol’ SPCL #2396. He wears a jacket and trousers and has longer hair. He also possesses different powers (Sheetika, Takshika, and Agnika) than the original one. He also rides on a flying snake named Sarpat. Until now, the series has shown him fighting vampires, demons, zombies, etc. It was illustrated by Hemant and written by Nitin Mishra.