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Tintin in Tibet: opening scene - where has Tintin been?

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Mikael Uhlin
#31 · Posted: 21 Aug 2006 14:39
Harrock n roll wrote: It was - evident from a page taken from the French Coeurs Vaillants, 9 April 1939. The spelling in the introductory text is different here - “Vargèze” - but it mentions it being in the Haute Savoie region.

Interesting! This means that the Georges/Vargèse-pun was invented long before Tintin in Tibet.

In this thread we've discussed the dropped first-panel from Tibet but [-snip-] shows a lot of other dropped first panels. I especially like the first strip from The Red Sea Sharks.

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#32 · Posted: 5 Sep 2007 12:39
I think tintin in Switzerland
#33 · Posted: 23 Mar 2009 12:40
Interesting. Maybe Vargèse could also simply be a joke with the typical names of Haute-Savoie most renowed ski-centers: Mègeve, Saint-Gervais... Vargèse could be Gervais (Gervèse [sounds like jaarveezee]- Vargèse [sounds vaarjeezee]), and z or s sound mostly the same in french.
#34 · Posted: 11 Dec 2012 10:38 · Edited by: gianfrancogoria
But in 1952 Hergé was in the Italian Alps, in Varese, so from Varese to VarGese jiust add the "sound" of rg - hergé. See: Hergé Mots et Jeux de Mots, p.222.

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