I was in my local Ottakar’s earlier (Tenterden, Kent) and spotted a copy of Tintin in Tibet
which was noticeable among the other Tintin books by having a slightly bolder typeface on the spine. It was obviously the newest printing as on the rear cover were all twenty-four English editions, and so must have been produced since the publication of Congo
in the autumn.
Imagine my surprise when I opened it to find the entire book had been completely re-lettered
in the new computerised ‘italic’ typeface, replacing Neil Hyslop’s earlier handwritten font. On closer inspection I also noticed on the rear cover that the title of Flight 714
now read Flight 714 to Sydney
, as first spotted in a “resource pack”
for the Barbican stage show and discussed here
To make things more complicated, the copyright information at the front gave no mention of this being a new (i.e. 2005/6) printing. The latest date given was 2002.
Hence the unanswered questions:
1. Have Egmont re-lettered all new editions, or do they plan to do so? If they have started, which other books have been re-lettered?
2. Will the title of Flight 714
be changed accordingly?
3. Has Tibet
really been like this since 2002 and we’ve just not noticed?
Perhaps other Tintinologists could look out for these new editions and report back!