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Harrock n roll
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#1 · Posted: 16 Feb 2004 13:31 · Edited by: Harrock n roll
I recently found a colour English copy in a junk shop in Brighton for £3. It's a rollicking good read, in the cruder style of Herge's earlier books and has a few devices later used in Tintin adventures - like using magnetism to attract arrows (Congo). Good fun:), with rocket powered horses! I would recommed it if you can find a copy...:(
Tintinrulz
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#2 · Posted: 17 Feb 2004 23:36
Yeah,
My brother bought Popol Out West (the colour English copy) at AngusnRobertson bookstore five or so years ago. It was on sale for $2 Australian! and it said by the Creator of Tintin, so he bought it, (recommended price at the time was $7.95 Australian).
I had a read of it when he bought it and thought it was good, and nice and cheap too. I found it funny It looks to have been drawn around the time of Tintin in America or something (1931?).
Harrock n roll
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#3 · Posted: 18 Feb 2004 02:36
Popol was first published in "Le Petit Vingtime" February 1934, so it's after America, and vaguely reminiscent of it too. Why he wasn't drawing Tintin at the time I don't know. Perhaps the publishers wanted something for a younger audience. That's basically why he started doing Jo & Zette. By the way, has anybody ever seen any Quick & Flupke in English?
marsbar
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#4 · Posted: 18 Feb 2004 02:40
Oh, I remember that particular sale, Tintinrulz! In addition to Popol, the Quick and Flupke books (in English) were also for sale then at that amazing price. Even more amazing is the fact that I did NOT buy the books then! I kick myself every time I think about it.
pauldurdin
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#5 · Posted: 18 Feb 2004 07:59
Yeah, I'd give $2 for a copy of that book! :P

Or for any book by Herge, actually...

Paul
vishnutintin
Member
#6 · Posted: 26 Mar 2004 02:43
My friend came to Singapore with that Popol book, he said he bought it for $0.50!! Was it by Herge?
marsbar
Moderator
#7 · Posted: 28 Mar 2004 01:16
Yes, Popol was indeed by Herge.
When I was in Hamburg some years ago, I picked up a German edition of Popol for just under DM30.-, at a comics store called Wahnsinn (Insanity).
- marsbar
tintinuk
Moderator Emeritus
#8 · Posted: 28 Mar 2004 09:25
I've seen a couple on ebay in English . . . I have no idea why I didn't bid on them, as they both ended at about £2 !
Danoz
Member
#9 · Posted: 5 Jan 2007 02:40
All these copies of 'Popol' seem to be very cheap indeed, but I've been lead to believe it is a very rare and expensive collectors item... Is this a myth?
jock123
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#10 · Posted: 5 Jan 2007 09:33
Danoz
All these copies of 'Popol' seem to be very cheap indeed, but I've been lead to believe it is a very rare and expensive collectors item... Is this a myth?
Well rarity, price and desirability are the three factors which drive a collector’s market, I think, and each relies on the other to a certain extent. There isn’t any fixed scale of values, and although the number of copies of the book probably is small, if the number of people looking for one is smaller, and they don’t want to pay high prices, then the cost could easily stay low.

I’m sure you could find a high priced copy if you didn’t want to pick up a bargain… ;-)

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