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Mark Arnold reviews Cigars of the Pharaohs + The Blue Lotus
Little, Brown and Company have endlessly reprinted the basic 21 Adventures of Tintin in various formats, most recently in the popular 3-fer books that compiled three of the standard books into one small hardback.
The 21 adventures ignores two early Tintin adventures (Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, Tintin in the Congo) which Casterman Publishing finally issued in book form. After that success, Casterman decided to tackle the original versions of most of the classic 21.
Cigars is the second of these (after Tintin in America) in which you see an early version of the story written and drawn by Herge, that was later rewritten and redrawn for the Little, Brown version in 1955.
Casterman’s ongoing reissue program of the original versions of the Herge Adventures of Tintin series following Cigars of the Pharaohs. This one is the original version of The Blue Lotus about Tintin’s adventures in China set in 1931 with Japanese occupation, that originally appeared in 1934-35 in Le Petit Vingtieme.
Herge rewrote and redrew this story in 1956 to fit into the design and character of Tintin when Little, Brown and Company published it, but longtime fans are recommended to seek out these original versions to compare the changes.
Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whew!