Tintin Forums

Tintin Forums / Official Tintin books /

King Ottokar's Sceptre: Missing speech bubble?

snowybella
Member
#1 · Posted: 14 Jun 2017 09:53 · Edited by: Moderator
Before I make multiple threads or forget my questions, I've just combined them all into one thread (I did a search, and couldn't find anything so sorry if this has been brought up before).

1. On page 2 of King Ottokar's Sceptre, there are two squiggly lines on two blue books near the left of the shelf. It can't be cigarette smoke, as the cigarette is not near his mouth. Was a speech bubble there when it was being serialised in Le Petit Vingtieme?

Moderator note: Separate questions have now been given their own threads. It really works for the best that way!

Thanks for your answers!
jock123
Moderator
#2 · Posted: 14 Jun 2017 10:43
snowybella:
Was a speech bubble there when it was being serialised in Le Petit Vingtieme?

If it is the first panel on page two that you mean, then yes, good spot.
The panel is redrawn in the book, and the original frame is widened, with the book-case being an addition to the colour version.
Originally there were two speech-bubbles: one for Tintin, at the top of the frame, where he said "Monsieur le Professeur", and then the professor's dialogue followed beneath. The two balloons overlapped, which is a bit clunky, so they obviously took the decision that Tintin's speech was superfluous and deleted it, and the professor's balloon was redrawn in a new position.
However, for some reason that seems odd to us now, it looks like the tail of the original speech bubble was left in place, and even inked in.

Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the Forum Posting Guidelines.

Disclaimer: Tintinologist.org assumes no responsibility for any content you post to the forums/web site. Staff reserve the right to remove any submitted content which they deem in breach of Tintinologist.org's Terms of Use. If you spot anything on Tintinologist.org that you think is inappropriate, please alert the moderation team. Sometimes things slip through, but we will always act swiftly to remove unauthorised material.

Reply



  Forgot your password?
Please sign in to post. New here? Sign up!