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Piranhtachew said on February 12th, 2008 at 10:47 am

Well, at least I learned Snowy talked.

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Heh… I enjoyed this a lot. Having grown up in Montreal, Tintin’s adventures were the first comic books I ever read. We even had a school-wide Tintin trivia contest.
I used to really enjoy them, but what has bothered me ever since is pretty much the same thing you’re hinting at here. How… randomly lucky Tintin is. “Woops, I tripped on the tip of the buried pyramid and landed inside the hidden catacombs… Would you look at that”.

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This was the first Tintin comic I read, so much memories…

Like when he founds oil on the Indian reserve. (THIS is luck)

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ps238principal said on February 12th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

What I find most magical about the note is how Al Capone wrote it so that the left margin would so neatly fit Tintin’s thumb.

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Wow, this brings back memories!…mostly of me reading the boomerang sequence and thinking “Spill the beans? What beans? Was he carrying a tin of special baked beans around with him?”

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Oh, Tintin…

I loved Tintin as a kid. I really did. Then I looked at some really nice Tintin books in Chapters a few months ago and realised… damn this shit is racist! Not just the Congo one, which, of course, was nowhere to be seen. But the Aztec one? Oh. My. GOD. Still! Still, even today, it sits innocently in Chapters. Being all racist and problematic. And little white me still gets nostalgic over Tintin, even after my eye opener.

Oh, Tintin…

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Ultimate_Jesus said on February 12th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

To be honest, when I first saw the boomerang being thrown, I thought for a moment that the gangster was throwing a giant sausage.

Snowy talking weirds me the fuck out for some reason. Does Tintin actually notice that the dog can talk?

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““BELGIAN BOY COMES TO CHICAGO” is right up there with “IDENTICAL TWINS JOIN CHRONICLE STAFF” for underwhelming headlines.”

I’d read the one that has Dear Abby.

Now where are my points?

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“Look, Daddy! It’s a bear!”
“No, honey, that’s a frog. Bears wear hats.”

I’m saving up my MGK points to get the clock radio.

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MGK, you might be interested to know: The very first panel you have up there was actually redrawn for the US edition at the request of Herge’s American publisher, because the original rendering featured even bigger lips on the black gangster.

The US publisher also interceded in various other books, getting him to redraw more black characters who were similarly grossly caricatured. Naturally, instead of learning to draw African features realistically, he usually changed their race entirely.

(Also, in line with American phobias of drinking, the American editors scrapped any panel showing Haddock drinking directly from the bottle.)

ps238principal: All of the text in the English Tintin albums is translated from French, and has to be rearranged to fit English word constraints. Thus the English lettering often looks less professional than the French original.

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Is it just me, or does the “Police” man escorting Tintin to the G.S.C. office bear somewhat of a resemblance to Dick Tracy?

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Couple of things:

What makes you think Tintin’s arrival in Chicago was published in the news? That looks like a letter and not a newspaper Capone is holding. Unless of course there’s a panel of a newspaper that you didn’t include in your blog post.

He obviously sawed his way through the door, not the roof. See the checked pattern on the door Tintin is holding. Not that that changes your overall point, just thought I’d mention it.

KM

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Hang on a second…

“…since the Congo adventure never happened…”

so Al Capone could see into the future? Is that why he resembles, in status and influence, Biff in Back to the Future 2?

“Yeah, I’m back from the future, see, and I found a Wikipedia article that says that Tintin, at some point in the canon, shuts down my Congo operation, see? Also, do you like baseball?”

Explains a lot

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