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Richard
UK Correspondent
#21 · Posted: 27 Apr 2005 22:44 · Edited by: Richard
Does the French Tintin et le Lac aux Requins have a number on the spine, Yamilah ? I know it doesn't really belong in the series, but I would imagine it would look odd without a number next to all the other books.

Do you know why Soviets is not considered to be part of the corpus ? Is there a deeper reason than just being in black and white and not looking like the rest of the books ?
jockosjungle
Member
#22 · Posted: 28 Apr 2005 06:18
Speaking of this does anyone know why in English the lettering on the spines goes down the spine and in French the text goes up the spine?

I find it strangely annoying

Rik
Rocky
Member
#23 · Posted: 28 Apr 2005 10:29 · Edited by: Rocky
It's a publisher/country convention. Some European countries have chosen up the spine, while UK and USA have chosen down the spine.

Those who favour the upwards style maintain that the head is more easily turned to the left for vertical reading than to the right, and that a whole row of upwards titles on a shelf can be read in the natural direction, from left to right. The advantages of the downwards style are less abstruse. If the lettering travels down the spine, the title can be read when the book is lying flat and with the front of the book uppermost.

Perhaps members could post here which direction your country favours?
yamilah
Member
#24 · Posted: 28 Apr 2005 12:11 · Edited by: yamilah
Richard

Tintin et le Lac aux Requins has no number on its spine, and Herge's name does not even appear on its front cover, thus the numbering 1-24 obviously concerns Herge drawn Tintins only...

Land of the Soviets clumsy style or temporary repudiation by Herge are the reasons given by some specialists not to study nor even read this first Tintin adventure...

jockosjungle & Rocky
By not mixing up the series, you might protect your spines from ...a stiff neck.
yamilah
Member
#25 · Posted: 7 Apr 2006 18:55
Are there any other foreign versions that have the same four spine colours as the original & British ones, namely red, blue, yellow & green?
marsbar
Moderator
#26 · Posted: 7 Apr 2006 23:42
yamilah wrote: Are there any other foreign versions that have the same four spine colours as the original & British ones, namely red, blue, yellow & green?

The traditional Chinese and the simplified Chinese editions come with those spine colours.
snowybella
Member
#27 · Posted: 18 Feb 2017 07:37
Richard:
And I'm not sure what happened with "The Red Sea Sharks" ... the hardback English edition has a red spine, the paperback has that murky yellow colour.

My paperback has a red spine, not the mustard orange colour.

I think the different coloured spines may have a sort of secret code, like those radio messages in "The Blue Lotus".
jock123
Moderator
#28 · Posted: 18 Feb 2017 14:58
snowybella:
I think the different coloured spines may have a sort of secret code,

Hah! :-)
We've had such code theories in the books from other members too - it's a pity that the colours have changed at times, sometimes after Hergé died.
For example Picaros started as a very acid yellow, but my Egmont copy is nothing like that now, being closer to orange.

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