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Land of the Soviets: Cover design?

alerei
Member
#1 · Posted: 12 Jun 2007 11:05
Can anyone confirm that the cover of Tintin in the Land of the Soviets used nowadays for the English editions (with St. Basil's Cathedral) is the same cover that was used for the first 1930-edition in French?
jock123
Moderator
#2 · Posted: 13 Jun 2007 12:20
It is more or less the same, give or take that the image is slightly repositioned or resized to allow for the difference in the binding, and the lettering is obviously re-done. You can see the image in the Chronologie, Volume 1, p. 324, together with an earlier study for the cover, which is also more or less the same.

Any particular reason for asking?
alerei
Member
#3 · Posted: 13 Jun 2007 12:47
I am writing an essay on Land of the Soviets in a historical context, and was just curious, as the front is coloured and so on, unlike the rest of the album. I am Norwegian, and unfortunately I chose to learn German over French when choosing third language, so I am unable to read any of the French and Belgian Tintin literature. That is really a shame and not exactly an advantage in the Tintin world. Thank you for your help anyway=) Really appreciate it!
Richard
UK Correspondent
#4 · Posted: 13 Jun 2007 21:07
In a faintly interesting side note, pages 100 and 101 of Land of the Soviets were published in Le Petit Vingtième on 25th December 1929 using a two-tone process (red and blue); this was the first time Tintin appeared in colour.
alerei
Member
#5 · Posted: 13 Jun 2007 22:40
Thanks a lot=) Really interesting to know!
jock123
Moderator
#6 · Posted: 14 Jun 2007 18:17
I am writing an essay on Land of the Soviets in a historical context, and was just curious, as the front is coloured and so on, unlike the rest of the album.
All the black and white books had coloured cover art, and some had additional colour plates added inside, although none carried the two-tone artwork as in the example in Soviets given by Richard, or seen in the French-language collected Black Island volume (other titles may have had it, I just don’t know).
alerei
Member
#7 · Posted: 14 Jun 2007 20:04
Thanks again=)
snowybella
Member
#8 · Posted: 1 Apr 2017 13:12
Richard:
pages 100 and 101 of Land of the Soviets

And the original page 100 is a missing page, where Tintin opens a cupboard on the wall, gets spooked by a skull attached on a spring, and then ends up bashing to the wall, finally ending with a framed picture falling on his nose.

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