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Cigars of the Pharaoh: Snowy coming and going in the desert?

#1 · Posted: 18 Oct 2017 09:30 · Edited by: Moderator
I made a rather interesting discovery while reading Cigars which I do not think has been mentioned earlier:
On page 16, Tintin and Snowy beat the people acting as villains in Rastapopoulos' film.
Snowy follows the actors as they run away.
In the very next frame, Snowy is back with Tintin.
Then on the next page, we can spot Snowy running back to Tintin with a piece of one of the actor's clothes between his mouth.
Is this a mistake or did Snowy run away after the actors, come back to Tintin and then go and tear a piece of cloth of one of the actors and then again return to Tintin?
Something to think about, is it not?
#2 · Posted: 19 Oct 2017 18:17
Yes, it's definitely an error, and was added in the transition to the colour edition.

The corresponding frames in the black-and-white original don't show Tintin and Snowy together in the intermediate frame: Snowy runs after the actor, and does not return until he comes back with the scrap of cloth in his mouth (which clearly makes sense).

For some reason, Snowy was added where he wasn't needed, and it does spoil the flow of the joke.

It looks like there might have been some thought of restructuring the sequence. In the original, the desert scenery is little but a vague suggestion of dunes and a horizon; the reworking adds rocks and outcrops.
Between Snowy being chased away, and then mysteriously (and incorrectly) being drawn next to Tintin, Tintin himself seems to have moved much closer to the rocks.
As it seems unlikely that it's just a case of someone working in a hurry (it's far easier to leave something out accidentally, when revising a picture, than adding it in - at least, that's how it seems to me), there may have been some other stage in the re-development which was later abandoned, but not completely erased...?

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