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  • His is the first of a two-part series exploring the Indian comic book industry. Look for the second part of the series - about the dilemma of being a geek in India - on Tuesday.

  • By UmikaPidaparthy, Special to CNN

  • If Batman and Superman ever packed their bags and moved to India, they would find that they have a bit of competition.

  • The superhero turf already belongs to figures such as Super Kudi and PavitrPrabhakar.

  • They're the Indian equivalents of American mainstays comic book industry. Look for the second part of the series - about the dilemma of being a geek in India - on Tuesday.Supergirl and Spider-Man’s Peter Parker, but they're just a small part of the growing Indian comic book industry.

  • That industry is more than mere translations of American comics. It’s a multilingual fantasyland, with themes ranging from mythology to humor to horror.

  • In fact, Indian comic artists and graphic novelists say that there is hardly any room for Western superheroes today.

  • This is clear to anyone who took in the comic offerings at February’s Comic Con India in New Delhi.

  • Comics Story India, which is in its second year, was the brainchild of JatinVarma, a comic book fan who can buy Comics Online and the founder of alternative media house Twenty Onwards Media.

  • Attending the more well-known San Diego comic book extravaganza came with a hefty price tag so Varma decided to bring the convention to him in 2011.

  • Why comics? “(T) here were lots of pictures, fewer words and the stories (were) communicated so much easily,” Puri said.

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