Publication history[ edit ] The Secret of the Swordfish was first published in Tintin magazine from the very first issue in September In , the first 18 pages were redrawn and reduced to 17 pages—giving more details on the background of the events leading up to the main plot—and the first half of the story was published as the very first comic album by publisher Lombard , in the later famous Collection du Lombard. A second part followed in The two part edition was reprinted 9 times between and
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Sep 27, Drew rated it it was ok If, like me, you were introduced to The Adventures of Tintin with one of the later adventures for me it was the very excellent The Calculus Affair you probably experienced a bit of a shock when you eventually went back and read the early books. Tintin in America was the earliest available Tintin adventure when I was a kid, and I recall being disappointed.
Tintin If, like me, you were introduced to The Adventures of Tintin with one of the later adventures for me it was the very excellent The Calculus Affair you probably experienced a bit of a shock when you eventually went back and read the early books.
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets is even more of a jolt for the long-time Tintin fan. The entire book is about Blake and Mortimer running from the bad guys. By the end of the book we actually know more about Nasir than we do the title characters. I hate to slag on it, because it kicked off what quickly became an excellent series of adventures.
The follow-up story: The Mystery of the Great Pyramid , which was the first Blake and Mortimer I read, is already a significant improvement. And later authors who rebooted the series in the 90s have done a fantastic job bringing modern sensibilities to this cold-war era comic while keeping it firmly in the cold-war era where it belongs. Its also easy to see why if said creator was Belgian, and a close mate of Herge, hed be keen to fictionalise said occupation rather than touch any nerves.
It feels like Edgar P Jacobs is trying to recreate the vibe of pre-war pulp fiction, and from what little I know of it, he sadly succeeds.
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