By now I know that all Adventures of Tintin finishes at page 62. All of them, without exception. I decided to take my time to read the next four of the Tintin series, they are:
- Tintin in American.
- Cigars of Pharaoh.
- Blue Lotus.
- Destination Moon.
Tintin in America is one of Herge’s earlier work, it seems a little incoherent, although Tintin had more than his usual fare of good luck escaping from danger in this one. The story line is haphazard. The drawings in Blue Lotus were not refined. Tintin oddly resembles the version of the 40’s. Blue Lotus is a sequel to The Cigars of Pharaoh in which Tintin chased after the trail of a drug smugglers ring from the Arabia to India and finally Shanghai.
The Chinese characters and drawing of Chinese scenes are beautiful in the Blue Lotus. The Blue Lotus is actually a name for an Opium Den in Shanghai. I like the bit where Tintin said to Chang Chong Ren that people in his part of the world thinks:
Tintin jumped into the river and saved Chang’s life. Once Chang regained consciousness, he said, “Why did you save my life? I thought all white devils were wicked, like those who killed my grandparents long ago. During the war of Righteous and Harmonious Fists, my father said.”
“The boxer Rebellion, Yes. But Chang, all white men aren’t wicked. You see, different peoples don’t know enough of each other.” Tintin answered. And he went on saying in each cartoon frame…. “Lots of Europeans still believe:
- That all Chinese are cunning and cruel and wear pig tails, are always inventing tortures, and eating rotten eggs and swallows nests…
- The same stupid Europeans are quite convinced that all Chinese have tiny feet, and even now little Chinese girls suffer agonies with bandages….
- Designed to prevent their feet developing normally. They’re even convinced that Chinese rivers are full of unwanted babies, thrown in when they are born.
So you see, Chang, that’s what lots of people believe about China!” Tintin said.
“They must be crazy people in your country!!!” Chang replied and both of them laugh.
Destination Moon is probably written on the hype of space travel in the 60’s, a complex drawing of the structure of rockets include. What really amazed me about Tintin was how the comic stood the test of time and appear to look so contemporary while it was created 60 years ago. Overall, I like The Cigars of Pharaoh best.
Tintin in America – 21 March 2009
The Cigars of Pharaoh – 24 March 2009
Blue Lotus – 25 March 2009
Destination Moon – 25 March 2009
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