Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Walker's Table

Walker's Table, A mountain with flat top like a table also called "Mesa" which is Spanish and Portuguese for "table”.
                                    Devil's Tower                                                         Walker's Table

In Steven Spielberg’s science fiction film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, I saw mountain like Walker’s table.Originally the mountain called "Devil's Tower" and it was the first declared United States National Monument.
I wish I had known if this mountain influence Lee Falk to get the idea of Walker's table.

Father of 1st Phantom who was the cabin boy of Christopher Columbus founded this mountain with his friend Caribo and they climbed it.
Caribo said, “we’ll name it for you, Kit--Walker's Table."

Kit told his son(1st phantom) about this mountain but 1st Phantom never found it.
His son 2nd Phantom somehow manage to found it.

This is not that story of how they found Walker's Table. 
 
It is about our 21st Phantom.
Diana and phantom came to walker's table and surprisingly they found the rope and basket which used as elevator, was broken. Diana asked is it broken by storm but phantom replied the basket was not broken it is chopped. He also adds, "Somebody was up there. Or is!"

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Walker’s Table was shown first time in this Issue of Indrajal Comics "100 Walkerer Table"(Eng.122Walker’s Table).
I don’t recollect any stories of Indrajal Comics about Walker's Table other than Seymour Barry’s drawing. Are there any?  I am not sure!!
I will be glad to know.


26 comments:

  1. yeah, striking similarity between the two.

    Mesa are commonly found structures in southwest america. Falk mentioned walker's table in many of his adventures. Notably in S086 (IJC 194 Night on the mesa, reprinted V23N06 - The Ghost's Rancour) and soon after in S087 (IJC 196 - The village of ghosts, reprinted V22N38 - Massacre in the jungle).

    Post falk era D211 - 'The locust god' was set in the backdrop of Walker's table. See this post of TPH blog.

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    1. 'Walkers Table' reminds me of a similar hillock in Meghalaya near Cherrapunji named 'KHOHRAMHAH'( the giant basket). The monolithic Pillar Rock is a massive rock formation in the shape of a khasi giant basket placed uspide down. it is an incredible spectacle view of the plains of Bangladesh (Sylhet Region) from the spot. Local legend has it that an evil giant who carried a basket along being killed by the locals whos basket got fossilized in stone forming a giant basket shape.

      Wondering if therz some connection with 'Walkers Table' and the Phantom stories.. ????

      http://indiumbound.com/gallery-east-meghalaya/the-khohramhah-cherrapunji-meghalaya/



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  2. Really interesting point to think. This S075, as well as S086 & S087 - all are works of Seymour Barry.

    Always surprise with your way of presentation. Writing up revolve around topic unique way.

    Can say honestly, your entry has added new colours in IJC postings. It's one of few blogs which all posts not only read, but wait for next one as once started waiting IJC just after getting current print.

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  3. @TPH: Welcome TPH. Thanks for visiting my blog and your first comment.
    Yes, Mesa are also found in Spain, North and South Africa, Australia,in North America.
    But Devil's Tower looks similar to Walker's Table.

    And about your post it is really nice work. In this strip, Walker's table drawn by Olesen/Williams. But in the period of IJC, I am not sure any artist drawn "it" other than Sy Barry.

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  4. @PBC: Thank you Prabhat, Thanks for your kind words of encouragement.
    So you are also agree with nobody drawn WT except Sy Barry in IJC.
    I've a few ideas about IJC posting but now I am very busy with my professional schedule.
    I post this within my work pressure, your comment gives me more satisfaction and giving me some inspiration.
    Thanks again.

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  5. A thought provoking idea indeed.Well,i second Prabhat thoughts that your entry has certainly added colors to this IJC blog fraternity as previously there were 1 or 2 blogs only which post something meaningful to read other than posting only comics.
    Personally i too like to discuss and share thoughts about topics related to comics rather than downloading comic and forgetting it after reading.

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  6. I'm glad you enjoy my post. Thank you for your encouraging words and positive comments.

    I must tell you CW, I like your blog too. I enjoy your writing style and subject you choose for post.

    Thanks again for your Support.

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  7. A thought provoking article, BIC. Falk's imagination obviously should have been fuelled by what he read and grasped through his school and college days. Even on his profession, records say that early in his career he hardly travelled outside his state. So, with little imaginations, and rare photographys of scenarios, he should have weaved all those magics onto phantom legend.

    Walker's table could be one among them, I believe. Carry on the good write-ups.

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  8. Astonishing Presentation BIC !!! Only a creative and imaginative brain can make such comparison as you did man ! There is really similarities between 'Devils Tower' & 'Walker Table' and IJC's clippings are adding 'charm' to your post. Your colorful style forced me to make comment . Bring out more colorful post buddy !

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  9. Walker's table is one of the many figures introduced by Barry/Falk combo after Barry assumed the reins from predecessor Wilson McCoy.

    Walker's Table
    Whispering Grove
    Jade House
    Phatom Head
    Golden Beach of Keela-wee

    That is the reason we dont see any of them in earlier work. Barry is credited for these monuments.

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  10. @Rafiq Raja; Yes, Lee was not a world traveler (but once he claimed he was) when he begun with his carrier.
    I also believe that Walker’s Table is his another magical creation without any doubt of his unparalleled and powerful imagination.

    He wrote the stories but there were certainly artistic decisions made by the illustrators.

    I never know this mountain influence them or not.
    Thanks for your comments.

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  11. @chaltaphirtapret: Welcome Vishal bhai, thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comment.

    I picked up those colours from great Lee Falk and master illustrators of his stories. I just present their colors in my style, nothing more.

    I am happy you enjoy my post. Your sweet words encourage me a lot.

    Thanks again for visting my blog for the first time.

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  12. @The Phantom Head: Thank you very much for coming again and your valuable information.

    You're right about why we don’t found WT other than Sy Barry.Lee Falk created all those magical places during Barry’s period.

    I always thought how it looks like if McCoy draws Walker’s Table, I am sure you noticed the difference of Eden and specially the Skull cave from one artist to another.
    I wish to post some fact about this subject someday.
    Thanks again.

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  13. Ranjan babu, onek din holo kono comics pai ni. Kobe abar bangla comics pabo? "sohe na jatona, diboso...."

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  14. Ki khabor ? byastota komlo ? Anekdin to hoye gelo .... notun comics koi ? Walker suru koreche abar, tumio fire eso.. Devilkeo tai bollam.

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  15. Ki holo ? Notun comics koi ? Sabai mile vanish kore gele cholbe ki kore ?

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  16. ei dara shokol ke janano hoiteche je bangla comics blog er jibonabosam hoeche....devil, bangala indrajal ityadi nana banglo comics blog anek din dhorei ashushtotae bhugchilo...aj prae 8 maash pore amra shokol bhoktora ei sidhante pouchechi je era shokolei aaj mrito...eder atmar chiroshanthi kamona kori

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  17. Hi Ranjan,

    Have you registered for the Kolkata IndiBlogger Meet? After a long time the IndiBlogger wagon is coming to our favorite city Kolkata. Hope to meet you there.

    Cheers,
    Vineet
    IndiBlogger Team

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  18. Devil firche... Devil firche ... Devil firche...

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  19. Moumita , tomar dukkho korar kichu nei, dirgho anuposthitir por agamikaal 21e raat 9tae bangla IJCr jagate shoitan arthat Devil-er punorabirbhab ghotche. toiri theko.

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  20. Ami toh phire elam. Kintu Ranjan ba Walker er pherar kono nam o nishan dekhte pachchhina :( Bhai tomra jekhanei thako phire eso. Chintai chintai bangla comics premi ra sojjyasayi.

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  21. Hello Ranjan, tumi ki ekhono aggyatobasei thakbe ? Abar notun kore sab suru hoyeche... Devil, Masthobir, Hojo...
    Er madhye tomar anuposthiti satti-i pira dichche. Plz fire eso.

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  22. Adbhut-to. Spasto dekhlam, IT IS TIME TO SAY SOMETHING... naame tumi kichu likhecho. Kintu kichui khuje pelam na. Apekkhae roilam.

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  23. Ranjan, come back please. At least can we talk? My gtalk id: jhargramdevil@gmail.com

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  24. 'Walkers Table' reminds me of a similar hillock in Meghalaya near Cherrapunji named 'KHOHRAMHAH'( the giant basket). The monolithic Pillar Rock is a massive rock formation in the shape of a khasi giant basket placed uspide down. it is an incredible spectacle view of the plains of Bangladesh (Sylhet Region) from the spot. Local legend has it that an evil giant who carried a basket along being killed by the locals whos basket got fossilized in stone forming a giant basket shape.

    Wondering if therz some connection with 'Walkers Table' and the Phantom stories.. ????

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  25. http://indiumbound.com/gallery-east-meghalaya/the-khohramhah-cherrapunji-meghalaya/

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