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Crab with the Golden Claws: 1940 "Soir Jeunesse" version to be published!

#1 · Posted: 2 Sep 2013 11:07 · Edited by: jock123
After more than 70 years, it has been announced that Du Crabe Rouge au Crabe aux Pinces d'Or will collect Hergé's original black and white strips for The Crab with the Golden Claws, as they appeared in the Soir Jeunesse section of Le Soir.

The official release date is 13th September 2013, but it will have advance sales at the Musée Hergé over the weekend of the 7th and 8th, where purchasers will also be given a small gift.

Given the quality of the previous newspaper strip collections, this should be a must have for all fans of Tintin, Hergé and great strip-cartoons in general!

Update: Here's a link to the Tintin.com site page, which shows the cover, a selection from the interior, and some more details of the book (in French).
Unlike the previous newspaper collections, this will be portrait rather than landscape in format, because of the layout of some strips.
It will be rounded out with Quick & Flupke strips and other editorial illustrations which Hergé did for the supplement.
#2 · Posted: 22 Jan 2014 12:22
I receieved my copy from the Tintin shop a week ago and have been flipping through.

It's an interesting book and more than the other books in the series (of newspaper reprints) attempts to recreate the look and feel of the Soir Jeunesse, with pages coloured to appear like old newspaper. There are a lot of other pages from the newspaper included too, such as other Quick & Flupke strips, puzzle pages, a story illustrated by Hergé and such.

These extra pages do feel like padding though, is there really a need to include an entire crossword, simply because Herge designed the title logo?

I enjoyed the minutae of the other books in the series, where each and every change between the original newspaper strip and the final albums for Secret of the Unicorn, Red Rackham's Treasure and The Seven Cystal Balls. Perhaps it was because in these Herge had the chance to re-jig the pacing, editing and adding to events much more than he did in The Crab With The Golden Claws, which of course had to have extra full page pictures added to it to bring it up to length.

Hopefully Moulinsart will complete the series by publishing the strips of The Shooting Star.

Du Crabe Rouge au Crabe aux Pinces d'Or is a beautifully presented book, though doesn't provide any new insights into the story that can't be gleaned from one of the black and white facsimile editions.

Does anyone else have a copy of the book and what do they think?
#3 · Posted: 22 Jan 2014 16:20
Hopefully Moulinsart will complete the series by publishing the strips of The Shooting Star

I imagine that they are hesitating because of the way Herge depicts Jews in the newspaper publication. This will be a bit of a moral dilemma: if they include the scenes then there will be outrage for anti-Semitism; if they don't there will be outrage for censorship.

Talk about a rock and a hard place.

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