Nagraj (नागराज,کنگ کوبرا in Hindi-Urdu) ("Snake-King") 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, Sanjay Gupta, and Manish Gupta. Nagraj first appeared in the comics Nagraj GENL #14 which was written by Parshuram Sharma and illustrated by Pratap Mullick.
|First appearance||Nagraj GENL #14 (release date 1 April 1986)|
|Created by||Rajkumar Gupta|
Mr. Raj Public Relation Officer of Bharti Communications
Mr. Nagraj Shah CEO Snake Eyes Securities
|Team affiliations||Brahmand Rakshak (Protectors of Universe), Panchnag, Sheetnag, Neernag|
|Notable aliases||Snakeman, Greenman, Green Death, Venomous Gunpowder, Nag-Samrat|
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 of Nagraj's fans believe that, over time, Nagraj's comics have developed snake mythology of its own, which is unique to the popular Indian beliefs about snakes that are prevalent among the masses.
In the middle of the nineties Anupam Sinha (who was already running the mega-successful Dhruv series) took over the helms of Nagraj as well. Anupam Sinha’s expansive narration couldn’t completely fit in a single comic, so he used multi-comic stories to layer and enrich his tales. The Khajana arc by Anupam Sinha set up the backstory beautifully, and discredited Nagmani many years after the comics began. He also led to increase in frequency of Two-in-One comics, which combined Nagraj and Dhruv and started happening once in a year. Nagraj has changed a lot in his 25 years in print, both in terms of looks as well as powers and abilities. With time many new artists such as Lalit Sharma and Hemant Kumar have done illustration of Nagraj.
Fictional character biographyEdit
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 the 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 colour 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. Nagraj, 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. Nagraj 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 Nagraj's head, setting Nagraj free of Professor Nagmani's control. Nagraj then 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 Shahnshah.
Nagraj lives as Raj (After Nagraj Ke Baad, he is under the disguise of Nagraj Shah) in a fictional Metropolitan City Mahanagar as an employee of a TV channel that he owns secretly.
Nagraj Parallel SeriesEdit
These days Raj Comics have published three parallel series of Nagraj, where each Nagraj is involved in a different universe. There are the following three parallel Nagraj series:
- Nagraj – The original ongoing series of Nagraj, which is being illustrated and written by Anupam Sinha. This version of Nagraj is now called as Vishwarakshak Nagraj (विश्वरक्षक नागराज).
- Aatankharta Nagraj (आतंकहर्ता नागराज) – This Nagraj appears in the World Terrorism series. This version of Nagraj was introduced with the comics 'Hari Maut' SPCL #2281 which was released on 5 September 2007. This is another timeline of Nagraj which separated from Vishwarakshak Nagraj after the comics 'Visarpi Ki Shadi' SPCL #42. In this timeline, Nagraj does not move to Mahanagar but continues on the mission to eliminate world terrorism. This series, until now, has not portrayed villains with supernatural powers, but are more like gangsters or dons of different countries/cities. It is illustrated by Mr. Hemant and written by Nitin Mishra.
- Narak Nashak Nagraj (नरकनाशक नागराज) – This Nagraj is a bit different from the original Nagraj in appearance. He was introduced in the comics 'Hallabol' SPCL #2396. He wears a jacket and a trouser and has longer hair. He also possesses different powers (Sheetika, Takshika, and Agnika) than the original Nagraj. 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.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Ever since Writer & Artist Anupam Sinha took over the character of Nagraj, his powers and abilities have evolved a great deal making him powerful enough to counter any character of the comic universe. Nagraj is arguably the most powerful superhero in the Raj Comics Universe and is among the most powerful Icchadhari Naagas of his time. Time and again, he has even shown the potential of challenging the Supreme Snake-Gods like Sheshnaag, Vasuki, Takshak, Kaaljayi, and has defeated the likes of Kaaldoot, Trifana, Mahavyaal and Sheetnaag Kumar, who are ranked among the mightiest snakes in their species.
- Microscopic snakes: Nagraj uses them variably as ropes, ladders, parachutes, shields, boats, spies and messengers. Most notable among them is Naganand, at a time considered right-hand man of Nagraj, he left Nagraj's body to look after the people of Nagdweep at Nagraj's order after he upgraded to become an ichchhadhaari nag. Some of the notable snakes possessed by Nagraj are Jagmag sarp, Naav-sarp, Nagfani sarp, Ichchhadhaari-naags, Dhwansak sarp, Tishk sarp
- Ichchhadhaari nags. It is quite notable that some of them possess such great powers which rival Nagraj's own, but they all hold great respect for Nagraj. While some of them live in his body just cause they have no better place to live, others live willingly to learn something from Nagraj's way of life. Most notable names among them are :
- Saudaangi : She is the member of an Egyptian clan of snakes which fights against the evil mummy of pharaoh Tutankhemun. Like Nagfani snakes she too has spikes on her body when she is in her snake form, she also has a limited knowledge of Tantra.
- Sheetnag kumar : He belongs to a clan of ichchhadhari nags living on the Himayalas. He can create and manipulate ice at his will giving it different forms like spears and arrows. Sheetnag-kumar also regulates Nagraj's body temperature making him immune to normal fire when he is inside his body and also giving him protection against severe cold; one of Nagraj's greatest weakness which makes him drowzy pushing him towards hibernation . Sheetnag-kumar's Fang can absorb many attacks and revert them back towards the enemy. He can also freeze all the liquids inside one's body paralysing him.
- Naagu : Naagu is the most cheerful and comical among Nagraj's snakes. His acts are such that at times it becomes difficult to judge whether he is a jester or a helper. He belongs to a family of Ichchhadhaari naags living near Mahanagar.
- Venom: Nagraj's venom is the most powerful venom of the world, so much so that direct contact with it results in instant death and melting of body. He gained his venom through the blessings of snake deity Deva Kaaljayi, who himself was blessed by Lord Shiva. It is explained that Lord Shiva who holds the strongest venom of the universe synthesised during Samudra-Manthan, gave a minor portion of it to Deva Kaljayi who holds a dilute form of it and Nagraj holds an even more dilute form of it. The different ways in which Nagraj uses his venom also results in various powers he is said to possess. Like : Vish-funkar Nagraj uses his breath to force out his venom in vapour form, depending upon its concentration the vish-funkar can cause a variety of damages to his enemies. Its effects include temporary blindness, drowzyness, black outs, deaths and for once it even caused fire.
- Ichchhadhaari Shakti: Nagraj even when limited on power has been seen successfully switching between his real and snake form. He can use this power to divide his body into particles and rejoin them within 3 seconds making him invisible and intangible temporarily.
- Hypnotism: Nagraj has a unique hypnotic effect, formerly considered a separate power, this power was later explained as an application of his ichchhadhaari shakti. Utilizing this power Nagraj can cast a hypnotic reality upon his surroundings using his eyes. Breaking this hypnotic fate is extremely difficult and going against it is impossible. Nagraj and his snakes can cast normal hypnotism too.
- Body-fusions: Nagraj at times has used this power to fuse with his allies to bring down a powerful enemy. He can perform two types of fusions :
- Multi-membered imperfect fusion: In this type of fusion many people can join together to form a single body having many heads and hands. Every individual retains his or her own identity and set of powers. Nagraj used it for the first time fusing with the legendary five in order to fight against a creature created by Nagina.
- Two-membered perfect fusion: In this type of fusion Nagraj can join together with a single person to form a whole new identity. The new identity has new set of powers born from the combination of the participants' sets of powers. Nagraj displayed this power for the first time fusing with Lava to become Agni-Nagraj (Fire-Nagraj). The newborn identity could release 'burning snakes' and could breathe 'venomous fire'.
- Psychic powers: In addition to his ability to communicate with snakes, Nagraj contacted Super Commando Dhruva telepathically when he was trapped in a parallel dimension containing evil souls.
Known relatives and close friendsEdit
Nagraj, along with his deeds, has earned a large amount of friends, many of whom appeared just once, but some that appeared more often, and still fewer that became permanent figures in Nagraj's stories. Here is a list of some very well known characters in his comics :
- King Takshakraj : father (deceased)
- Queen Lalita : mother (deceased)
- Baba Gorakhnath : Mentor
- Mahatma Kaaldoot : Mentor
- Dada Vedacharya : Mentor
- Deva Kaaljayi : Snake Deity
- Nagpasha : Uncle (Arch enemy)
- Bharti/Faceless : Friend, business partner. She is in one-sided love with Nagraj. She fights with the identity of Faceless.
- Visarpi : Queen of Nagdweep, love interest of Nagraj.
- Nagrani : Mother to Nagraj's son Nageesh in a parallel dimension. She is the female equivalent of Nagraj.
- Nageesh : Son that lives with mother Nagrani in a parallel dimension
- Super Commando Dhruva : Best Friend and an ally superhero
- Saudangi : An Egyptian snake-woman with tantrik powers and thorns on her body that lives in his body. Later on it was known that Saudangi was an Egyptian princess and Nagraj was a soldier in their previous birth.
- Sheetnag Kumar : Friend that lives in his body, Prince of snow snakes "Sheetnaag".
- Panch naag : Naagdev, Sarpraj, Naagpreti, Singhnaag and Nagarjuna. They are Ichchhadhari naags (shape shifting snakes) from Naagdweep.
- Naagu : Friend that lives in his body. Very fond of watching movies.
- Professor Srikant/Adrishya Hatyara (Invisible killer): With a situationally-driven personality.
Innumerable enemies of Nagraj have appeared in Nagraj's comics; many died, but some lived on to appear again. Here is the list of Nagraj's major enemies that are still alive and who can be expected to make a comeback in future issues :
- Professor Nagmani : Nagraj's so-called creator who brought up Nagraj.
- Thodanga : A strange African creature. He has a combined body of human, turtle, and rhinoceros.
- Nagdant : A jealous, comparatively weaker copy of Nagraj made by Professor Nagmani.
- Tutan Khamen : Ancient Egyptian mummy whose main power-source, his mask, was snatched away by Nagraj.
- Miss Killer : Beautiful, young, evil scientist from Japan.
- Nagina : A female tantrik and shape-shifting snake.
- Vishandhar : A male tantrik and shape-shifting snake.
- Jaadugar Shakura : An evil sorcerer from an alien planet of immortal wizard dwarfs.
- Nagpasha : Nagraj's immortal venomous uncle who murdered his parents.
- Gurudev : Nagpasha's guru, a man good with mechanical science but evil on intentions who wishes to rule the world though Nagpasha.
- Kentuki : A student of Gurudev, who is a physically powerful snake having the strength of fifty elephants.
- Polka : A terrorist and scientist who works for Nagpasha.
- Zulu : An African exorcist and scientist. An expert of Voodoo and Zombies.
- See-Through : An invisible soul that stole a big share of Nagraj's shape-shifting power, but still wants more.
- Sapera : A man whose power is Nagraj's weakness, i.e. snake charming music.
- Karanvashi : A magician who uses hypnotism to enslave people.
- Vish-Amrit : Duo of Paranatural powers troubling innocents on Earth while playing hide and seek.
- Khalnayak Nagraj : Evil side of Nagraj's personality which still exists in his unconscious mind.
- Tantrata : Bharti's nanaji (maternal grandfather) who took over Bharti's brother Agraj's body and wants to rule the world.
- Garalgant : A famous enemy of Dev kaljai but also become enemy of Nagraj.
Vishwarakshak Nagraj (विश्वरक्षक नागराज)Edit
|Serial No.||Year||Issue No.||Original Hindi Title||English transliteration of comic title||Comic Title in English||Solo/Two-hero/Multi-hero/other||Artist||Author||Note|
|1||1986||GENL #14||नागराज||Nagraj||Nagraj||Solo||Pratap Mullik||Parshuram Sharma||Debut issue of Nagraj|
|2||1986||GENL #19||नागराज की कब्र||Nagraj Ki Kabr||Grave of Nagraj||Solo||Sanjay Ashtputre||Parshuram Sharma||Part 1|
|3||1986||GENL #26||नागराज का बदला||Nagraj Ka Badla||Revenge of Nagraj||Solo||Sanjay Ashtputre||Parshuram Sharma||Part 2|
|4||1987||GENL #31||नागराज की होंग कोंग यात्रा||Nagraj Ki Hong Kong Yatra||Nagraj's Hong Kong Trip||Solo||Sanjay Ashtputre||Parshuram Sharma||Part 1|
|5||1987||GENL #33||नागराज और शांगो||Nagraj Aur Shango||Nagraj And Shango||Solo||Sanjay Ashtputre||Parshuram Sharma||Part 2|
|6||1987||GENL #39||खूनी खोज||Khooni Khoj||Bloody Expedition||Solo||Milind Mullik, Sanjay Ashtputre||Sanjay Gupta||Part 1|
|7||1987||GENL #50||खूनी यात्रा||Khooni Yatra||Bloody Safari||Solo||Chandu, Vinay M Kumar||Sanjay Gupta||Part 2|
|8||1987||GENL #51||नागराज का इन्साफ||Nagraj Ka Insaaf||Justice Of Nagraj||Solo||Chandu, Vinay M Kumar||Sanjay Gupta||Part 3|
|9||1988||GENL #65||खूनी जंग||Khooni Jung||Bloody Battle||Solo||Milind Mullik||Raja||Part 1|
|10||1988||GENL #72||प्रलयंकारी नागराज||Pralayankari Nagraj||Nagraj The Destroyer||Solo||Milind Mullik, Vinay M Kumar||Raja||Part 2|
|11||1989||GENL #81||खूनी कबीला||Khooni Kabeela||Bloody Tribe||Solo||Chandu||Raja||Part 1|
|12||1989||GENL #85||कोबरा घाटी||Cobra Ghati||Valley of Cobra||Solo||Chandu, Vinay M Kumar||Raja||Part 2|
|13||1990||GENL #114||बच्चोँ के दुश्मन||Bachchon Ke Dushman||Enemy of the Kids||Solo||Chandu, Vinay M Kumar||Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|14||1990||GENL #150||प्रलयंकारी मणि||Pralayankari Mani||Solo||Chandu||Tarun Kumar Wahi||Part 1|
|15||1990||GENL #151||शंकर शहंशाह||Shankar Shahanshah||Solo||Chandu||Tarun Kumar Wahi||Part 2|
|16||1990||GENL #172||नागराज का दुश्मन||Nagraj ka Dushman||Solo||Chandu||Tarun Kumar Wahi||Part 1
Introduction of Nagdant
|17||1990||GENL #175||इच्छाधारी नागराज||Ichchhadhaari Nagraj||Solo||Chandu||Tarun Kumar Wahi||Part 2|
|18||1990||GENL #200||कालदूत||Kaldoot||Messenger of Death||Solo||Chandu||Raja||Introduction of Kaldoot|
|19||1990||GENL #220||जादूगर शाकूरा||Jadugar Shakura||Magician Shakura||Solo||Chandu||Raja||Introduction of Jadugar Shakoora|
|20||1990||GENL #234||बौना शैतान||Bauna Shaitan||Solo||Chandu||Raja||Part 1|
|21||1990||GENL #240||ताजमहल की चोरी||Tajmahal Ki Chori||Solo||Chandu||Raja||Part 2
Introdcution of Thodanga and Miss Killer
|22||1990||GENL #250||लाल मौत||Lal Maut||Red Death||Solo||Chandu||Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|23||1990||GENL #270||काबुकी का खजाना||Kabuki Ka Khajana||The Treasure of Kabuki||Solo||Chandu||Sanjay Gupta||Part 1|
|24||1990||GENL #280||थोडांगा||Thodanga||Thodanga||Solo||Mullik Studio||Sanjay Gupta||Part 2|
|25||1990||GENL #295||तूफ़ान-जू||Toofan-Ju||Toofan-Ju||Solo||Mullik Studio||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|26||1991||GENL #320||जादू का शहंशाह||Jadu Ka Shahanshah||Solo||Pratap Mullik||Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|27||1991||SPCL #1||नागराज और सुपर कमांडो ध्रुव||Nagraj aur Super Commando Dhruva||Nagraj and Super Commando Dhruva||Two-hero: Dhruva & Nagraj
Guest Appearances: Parmanu, Vinashdoot & Gagan
|Chandu||Sanjay Gupta||First special issue published by Raj Comics. It brought Nagraj and Dhruva together for the first time|
|28||1991||SPCL #5||नगीना का जाल||Nagina Ka Jaal||Nagina's Trap||Solo||Pratap Mullik||Sanjay Gupta|
|29||1992||SPCL #8||बुगाकू||Bugaaku||Bugaaku||Two-hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Pratap Mullik||Sanjay Gupta|
|30||1992||GENL #350||अजगर का तूफ़ान||Ajgar Ka Toofan||Solo||Chandu||Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|31||1992||GENL #375||बकोरा का जादू||Bakora Ka Jadu||The Magic of Bakora||Solo||Pratap Mullik||Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|32||1993||GENL #390||पिरामिडोँ की रानी||Pyramidon ki Rani||Queen of Pyramids||Solo||Chandu||Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|33||1993||GENL #420||मिस्टर 420||Mister 420||Mister 420||Solo||Chandu||Sanjay Gupta|
|34||1993||GENL #444||थोडांगा की मौत||Thodanga Ki Maut||Thodanga's Death||Solo||Chandu, Vitthal Kamble||Raja|
|35||1993||GENL #470||बेम बेम बिगेलो||Bem Bem Bigelo||Bem Bem Bigelo||Solo||Pratap Mullik||Tarun Kumar Wahi||Nagraj's last solo general issue|
|36||1993||SPCL #16||फिर आया नागदंत||Fir Aya Nagdant||Solo||Chandu||Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|37||1993||SPCL #20||नगीना||Nagina||Nagina||Solo||Chandu||Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|38||1993||SPCL #25||मिस किलर||Miss Killer||Miss Killer||Solo||Vitthal Kamble||Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|39||1994||SPCL #29||तूतेनतू||Tutenatu||Tutenatu||Solo||Milind Misal, Vitthal Kamble||Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|40||1994||SPCL #31||अदृश्य हत्यारा||Adrashya Hatyara||Invisible Killer||Solo||Milind Misal, Vitthal Kamble||Sanjay Gupta|
|41||1994||SPCL #35||कांजा||Kanja||Kanja||Solo||Milind Misal, Vitthal Kamble||Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|42||1994||SPCL #36||पापराज||Paapraj||Sin King||Solo||Milind Misal, Vitthal Kamble||Haneef Azhar|
|43||1995||SPCL #39||विजेता नागराज||Vijeta Nagraj||Winner Nagraj||Solo||Milind Misal, Vitthal Kamble||Sanjay Gupta|
|44||1995||SPCL #42||विसर्पी की शादी||Visarpi Ki Shadi||Visarpi's Wedding||Solo||Milind Misal, Vitthal Kamble||Haneef Azhar||Last Nagraj comic before Anupam Sinha.|
|45||1995||SPCL #46||शाकूरा का चक्रव्यूह||Shakura Ka Chakravyuh||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha, Haneef Azhar||First Nagraj comic by Anupam Sinha. Part 1 of a 5 part series.|
|46||1995||SPCL #49||नागराज का अंत||Nagraj Ka Ant||End Of Nagraj||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha, Haneef Azhar||Part 2|
|47||1995||SPCL #54||ज़हर||Zahar||Poison||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha, Haneef Azhar||Part 3|
|48||1995||SPCL #57||नागपाशा||Nagpasha||Nagpasha||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha, Haneef Azhar||Part 4|
|49||1996||SPCL #60||खजाना||Khajana||Treasure||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha, Haneef Azhar||Part 5, Concluding part of a 5 part series.|
|50||1996||SPCL #65||क्राइम किंग||Crime King||Crime King||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha||First Nagraj comic with complete story and art by Anupam Sinha|
|51||1996||SPCL #67||राजनगर की तबाही||Rajnagar Ki Tabahi||The Doom Of Rajnagar||Two hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha|
|52||1996||SPCL #71||विषकञ्या||Vishkanya||Femme Fatale||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|53||1996||SPCL #75||स्नेक पार्क||Snake Park||Snake Park||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha|
|54||1997||SPCL #81||इच्छाधारी||Ichchhadhari||The Shape Changer||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha|
|55||1997||SPCL #88||केँचुली||Kenchuli||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha|
|56||1997||SPCL #90||प्रलय||Pralay||Doom's Day||Two hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha|
|57||1997||SPCL #93||विनाश||Vinaash||The Catastrophe||Two hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha|
|58||1997||SPCL #102||ज़हरीले||Zahareele||Poisonous||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha|
|59||1998||SPCL #106||बांबी||Bambi||Two hero: Nagraj & Shakti||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha|
|60||1998||SPCL #110||तानाशाह||Tanashah||Dictator||Two hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha|
|61||1998||SPCL #113||सूरमा||Soorma||Two hero: Nagraj & Parmanu||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha|
|62||1998||SPCL #120||सपेरा||Sapera||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||First Nagraj comic authored by Anupam Sinha's wife Jolly Sinha.|
|63||1999||SPCL #125||फ़न||Fan||Hood||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|64||1999||SPCL #129||नागिन||Nagin||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|65||1999||SPCL #137||कलियुग||Kaliyug||Kaliyug||Multi-hero: Dhruva, Nagraj & Shakti||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|66||1999||SPCL #142||विष अमृत||Vish Amrit||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|67||1999||SPCL #155||सम्मोहन||Sammohan||Hypnotism||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|68||2000||SPCL #169||राज का राज||Raj Ka Raj||Raj's Secret||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|69||2000||SPCL #185||कोहराम||Kohraam||Furore||Multi-hero||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|70||2000||SPCL #189||क़यामत||Qayamat||Doomsday||Two hero: Nagraj & Parmanu||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|71||2000||SPCL #202||मृत्यु दंड||Mrityu Dand||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 1 of a 4 part series.|
|72||2000||SPCL #206||नागद्वीप||Nagdweep||Snake Island||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 2|
|73||2000||SPCL #211||त्रिफ़ना||Trifana||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 3|
|74||2000||SPCL #213||महायुद्ध||Mahayuddh||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 4, concluding part of a 4 part series.|
|75||2000||SPCL #217||अग्रज||Agraj||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 1 of a 3 part series.|
|76||2000||SPCL #225||नागराज का क़हर||Nagraj Ka Qahar||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 2|
|77||2001||SPCL #231||तांडव||Tandav||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 3, concluding part of a 3 part series.|
|78||2001||SPCL #235||ज़लज़ला||Zalzala||Jolt||Multi-hero||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|79||2001||SPCL #241||आतंक||Aatank||Terror||Two hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||First part of a two-part story|
|80||2001||SPCL #246||दुश्मन नागराज||Dushman Nagraj||The Enemy Nagraj||Two hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Concluding part of the two-part story|
|81||2001||SPCL #253||शक्तिहीन नागराज||Shaktiheen Nagraj||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|82||2001||SPCL #264||नहीँ बचेगा नागराज||Nahin Bachega Nagraj||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|83||2001||SPCL #271||संग्राम||Sangraam||War||Two-hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha|
|84||2001||SPCL #279||कालचक्र||Kalchakra||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 1|
|85||2002||SPCL #293||कुंडली||Kundli||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 2|
|86||2002||SPCL #304||विध्वंस||Vidhwans||Demolition||Multistarrer||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha|
|87||2002||SPCL #315||परकाले||Parkaale||Bringer of Death||Two-hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|88||2002||SPCL #323||एलान-ए-जंग||Elaan-E-Jung||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha||Part 3|
|89||2002||SPCL #337||काली मौत||Kali Maut||Black Death||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 4|
|90||2002||SPCL #344||संहार||Sanhaar||Slaughter||Two-hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|91||2002||SPCL #351||नागराज अमेरिका मेँ||Nagraj America Main||Nagraj In America||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 5|
|92||2003||SPCL #365||आतंकवादी नागराज||Atankwadi Nagraj||Terrorist Nagraj||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 6, concluding part of a 6 part series.|
|93||2003||SPCL #385||ड्रैकुला||Dracula||Dracula||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Dracula Series- Part 2, Dracula Series- Part 1 was a Super Commando Dhruv book Dracula Ka Hamla.|
|94||2003||SPCL #400||ड्रैकुला का अंत||Dracula Ka Anth||The End Of Dracula||Two-Hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Dracula Series- Part 3|
|95||2003||SPCL #420||कोलाहल||Kolahal||Cacophony||Multistarrer||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Dracula Series - The Concluding Part|
|96||2003||SPCL #435||नागराज||Vishheen Nagraj||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|97||2004||SPCL #460||इच्छाधारी चोर||Ichchhadhari Chor||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|98||2004||SPCL #490||खलनायक नागराज||Khalnayak Nagraj||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|99||2004||SPCL #500||सम्राट||Samraat||Emperor||Two Hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||First part of a two-part story|
|100||2004||SPCL #515||सौडांगी||Soudangi||Soudangi||Two Hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Concluding part of the two-part story. Cover also features other Raj Comics superheroes, but they are not seen in the issue.|
|101||2004||SPCL #520||रक्षक नागराज||Rakshak Nagraj||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|102||2004||SPCL #525||सर्वशक्तिमान||Sarv Shaktimaan||Invincible||Multistarrer||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|103||2004||SPCL #545||लावा||Lava||Lava||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 1|
|104||2005||SPCL #555||विनाशलीला||Vinashleela||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 2|
|105||2005||SPCL #565||पागल नागराज||Pagal Nagraj||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 1|
|106||2005||SPCL #580||मसीहा||Masiha||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Part 2|
|107||2005||SPCL #585||चक्र||Chakra||Cycle||Multistarrer||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||Has photographs of all credited people.|
|108||2005||SPCL #600||मैड्यूसा||Medusa||Medusa||Multistarrer||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|109||2005||SPCL #620||छोटा नागराज||Chota Nagraj||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|110||2005||SPCL #635||सो जा नागराज||So Ja Nagraj||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|111||2006||SPCL #650||शेषनाग||Sheshnag||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|112||2006||SPCL #660||भानुमति का पिटारा||Bhanumati Ka Pitara||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|113||2006||SPCL #670||नागाधीश||Nagadheesh||The Snake Judge||Two Hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|114||2006||SPCL #680||वर्तमान||Vartmaan||Present||Two Hero: Dhruva & Nagraj||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|115||2006||SPCL #700||फ्लेमिना||Flemina||Flemina||Multistarrer||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|116||2007||SPCL #2240||फ़ुंकार||Funkaar||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha||In late 2006, the publishing company decided to combine the serial numbers of all its General(GENL) and Special(SPCL) issues, as a result of which the serial number of the titles jumped from close to 700 to above 2,000.|
|139||2009||SPCL #2385||नागराज के बाद||Nagraj Ke Bad||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha, Jolly Sinha||Part 1|
|140||2009||SPCL #2393||फ़्यूल||Fuel||Fuel||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha||Part 2|
|141||2009||SPCL #2395||वीनॉम||Venom||Venom||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha||Part 3, concluding part of a 3 part series.|
|154||2011||SPCL #2455||नागराज है ना||Nagraj Hai Na||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha, Jolly Sinha||Part 1|
|155||2011||SPCL #2460||क्योँ है नागराज||Kyon Hai Nagraj||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha, Jolly Sinha||Part 2, concluding part of a 2 part series.|
|158||2011||SPCL #2475||आदम||Adam||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha, Jolly Sinha|
|161||2012||SPCL #2490||काल कराल||Kaal Karaal||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Jolly Sinha|
|166||2014||SPCL #2555||ड्रैगन किंग||Dragon King||Solo||Anupam Sinha||Anupam Sinha||Vishwa Rakshak Series.|
A new series named "Aatankharta Nagraj" or "Nagraj-World Terrorism Series" is being published parallel to the "Nagayana" series. In this series, Nagraj is travelling around the world to fight and eliminate terrorism. "World Terrorism Series" is being written by Mr. Nitin Mishra.
|Serial No.||Issue No.||Comic Title||Artist||Author|
|1||SPCL #2281||Hari Maut||Lalit||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|2||SPCL #2255||Zehreela Barood||Lalit||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|3||SPCL #2295||Mamber||Lalit Kumar Sharma||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|4||SPCL #2300||Numero Uno||Lalit Kumar Sharma||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|5||SPCL #2305||Operation Surgery||Lalit Kumar Sharma||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|6||SPCL #2315||Mission Critical||Lalit Kumar Sharma||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|7||SPCL #2320||Teen Sikke||Lalit Sharma||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|8||SPCL #2325||Jung Maut Tak||Lalit Sharma||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|9||SPCL #2350||Under Arrest||Lalit Sharma||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|10||SPCL #2360||Omerta||Hemant||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|11||SPCL #2365||Ankh Micholi||Hemant||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|12||SPCL #2370||Paanchva Shikaar||Hemant||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|13||SPCL #2375||26/11||Hemant||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|14||SPCL #2400||Ronin||Hemant||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|15||SPCL #2405||Kamikaze||Hemant||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|16||SPCL #2410||Tomo||Hemant||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|17||SPCL #2415||Shikata Ga Nai||Hemant||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|18||SPCL #2452||I-SPY||Hemant||Nitin Mishra|
|19||SPCL #2480||Order of Babel||Hemant||Nitin Mishra|
|20||SPCL #2485||New World Order||Hemant||Nitin Mishra|
|21||SPCL #2518||World War||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|22||SPCL #2524||Veergati||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|23||SPCL #2587||Kshatipurti||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|24||SPCL #2610||Maut Ka Bazigar||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|25||SPCL #2634||Vishparast||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|Serial No.||Issue No.||Comic Title||Artist||Author|
|1||SPCL #2396||HallaBol||Studio Image||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi, Vivek Mohan|
|2||SPCL #2425||Abhishapt||Hemant||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|3||SPCL #2450||Adamkhor||Hemant||Sanjay Gupta, Tarun Kumar Wahi, Mandaar Gangale|
|4||SPCL #2464||Infected||Hemant||Nitin Mishra|
|5||SPCL #2470||Mrityujivi||Hemant||Nitin Mishra|
|6||SPCL #2500||Maqbara||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|7||SPCL #2515||Takshak||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|8||SPCL #2534||Narak Nashak||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|9||SPCL #2543||Narak Niyati||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|10||SPCL #2554||Narak Dansh||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|11||SPCL #2578||Narak Ahuti||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
Amazing friends of NagrajEdit
|Serial No.||Issue No.||Comic Title||Series||Artist||Author|
|1||SPCL #2381||Adhura Prem||Shooldharini Saudangi||Ved Prakash Khantwal||Vivek Mohan|
|2||SPCL #2382||Milan Yamini||Amar yoddha Kaldoot||Hemant||Vivek Mohan|
|3||SPCL #2383||Nagjyoyi||Nag virangana Visarpi||Sushant Panda||Vivek Mohan|
|4||SPCL #2384||Panchnag||Durdamya sena Panchnag||Moin Khan||Vivek Mohan|
|5||SPCL #2426||Ambreesh||Nag virangana Visarpi||Narayan||Vivek Mohan|
|6||SPCL #2427||Fairo||Shooldharini Saudangi||Sushant Panda||Vivek Mohan|
|7||SPCL #2428||Vishya||Amar yoddha Kaldoot||Narayan||Vivek Mohan|
|8||SPCL #2429||Pratishodh||Durdamya sena Panchnag||Narayan||Vivek Mohan|
|9||SPCL #2431||Kobraak||Nag virangana Visarpi||Narayan||Vivek Mohan|
|10||SPCL #2432||Shrap||Shooldharini Saudangi||Narayan||Vivek Mohan|
|11||SPCL #2433||Param Vishya||Amar yoddha Kaldoot||Dildeep Singh||Vivek Mohan|
|12||SPCL #2434||Parajay||Durdamya sena Panchnag||Hemant||Vivek Mohan|
|13||SPCL #2436||Pagal Nagin||Nag virangana Visarpi||Jung Bahadur||Vivek Mohan|
|14||SPCL #2437||Dev Kanya||Shooldharini Saudangi||Dildeep Singh||Vivek Mohan|
|15||SPCL #2438||Kaal Sarp||Amar yoddha Kaldoot||Dildeep Singh||Vivek Mohan|
|16||SPCL #2439||Ranneeti||Durdamya sena Panchnag||Jung Bahdur||Vivek Mohan|
|17||SPCL #2458||Yugal Srishti||Amar yoddha Kaldoot||Siddharth Panwar||Vivek Mohan|
It was first intended to be a four-part mini-series, but later, the series was extended to include more issues. It's a story based on a hypothetical future world casting Nagraj and Super Commando Dhruva 25 years into the future. Largely based on Hindu epic Ramayana, the story narrowly follows the same storyline as of the epic, but with Raj Comics characters filling in the places of original characters. The reason for the extension of the mini-series was to tell various sub-plots and the series was finally declared to be an eight-part series. The last part is Iti Kaand, which is a 128-page issue released on 10 March 2009. The new series is as follows:
|Issue No.||Comic Title|
One of the most ambitious series by Raj Comics which is trying to bring almost all the characters by Raj Comics in a single narrative.
|Serial No.||Issue No.||Comic Title||Artist||Author|
|0||SPCL #2528||Yugandhar||Lalit Singh, Nitin Mishra||Nitin Mishra, Tarun Kumar Wahi|
|1||SPCL #2535||Sarvyugam||Dheeraj Verma||Nitin Mishra|
|2||SPCL #2551||Sarvdaman||Dheeraj Verma||Nitin Mishra|
|3||SPCL #2559||Sarvsangram||Sushant Panda||Nitin Mishra|
|4||SPCL #2576||Sarvsanhaar||Sushant Panda, Nitin Mishra||Nitin Mishra|
|5||SPCL #2584||Sarvmanthan||Sushant Panda, Anupam Sinha, Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|6||SPCL #2595||Sarvsandhi||Sushant Panda, Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|7||SPCL #2605||Sarvkranti||Sushant Panda, Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|8||SPCL #2615||Sarvshakti||Sushant Panda, Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|9||SPCL #2621||Sarvagaman||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|10||SPCL #2624||Sarvvyooh||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|11||SPCL #2627||Sarvpralay||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|12||To Be Published||Sarvran|
Sarvanayak series is complemented by another ongoing series 'Sarvnayak Vistar' which also features Vishwaralshak Nagraj. The comics in Sarvanayak Vistar series are as follows -
|Serial No.||Issue No.||Comic Title||Artist||Author|
|1||SPCL #2585||Maut ka Marathon||Hemant Kumar||Anurag Kumar Singh|
|2||SPCL #2597||Vishputron ka Agaman||Hemant Kumar||Anurag Kumar Singh|
|3||SPCL #2606||Vishksetra Sanrakshanam||Hemant Kumar||Anurag Kumar Singh|
|4||SPCL #2614||Swarnnagri ki Tabahi||Hemant Kumar||Nitin Mishra|
|5||TBP||Prakoshth Ke Kaidi|
A free special comics of Nagraj under the title ' Nagraj Strikes: The Attack of Coronaman' with serial no. #Covid-19 was launched on Facebook page to raise awareness about the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19. The comics had art by Aswin Amarnath R and story by Manoj Gupta and Ayush Gupta.
Numerous attempts have been made by Raj Comics to expand Nagraj into other media. However most attempts have been unfruitful. In the late 1990s, Raj Comics tried adapting Nagraj into a live-action television show in India. A few episodes were shot. However, the show never made it to the television screen. The reason cited was the poor quality of the special effects. Raj Comics was not satisfied with the quality of the show. The production of more episodes was placed on indefinite hiatus. The three episodes that were made are available on CDs, which were distributed freely as an attachment to digest-sized comic editions. (Khalnayak Nagraj, Samraat, and Saudangi).
Nagraj was also set to feature in a proposed animated television series. Once again the show never made it to the television screen. An episodic series was in works, and a teaser was uploaded on YouTube featuring Nagraj and his arch enemy Jadugar Shakoora. However, since then there has been no news about the series. It is assumed that production has stopped because the production company Rtoonz's website has since disappeared.
In November 2007, an agreement was signed between Motion Picture Corporation and Raj Comics to produce a high quality 2D Movie featuring Nagraj.
It was, however, reported in 2019, that Indian actor Ranveer Singh could play Nagraj, in a film produced by Karan Johar. Raj Comics president Manoj Gupta also expressed his happiness on the same.
In February 2020 Bhojpuri star Yash announced on his birthday that he will make movie on issue no.71 Nagraj Aur vishkanya Starring Yash as nagraj while ,Nidhi raj will play Vishkanya as main antagonist. Its first look was shared on web platform gaining positive feedback.
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