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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 think hasn't been mentioned before.
On page 16, Tintin and Snowy beat the people acting as villains in Rastapopoulos' film, and Snowy follows the actors as they run away.
In the very next frame, Snowy is back with Tintin.
But then, on the next page, we can see Snowy running back to Tintin - with a piece of one of the actor's clothes in his mouth!
Is this a mistake, or did Snowy run after the actors, come back to Tintin, and then go and tear a piece of cloth from one of the actors and then return to Tintin a second time?
It's something to think about, isn't it?
#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...?
#3 · Posted: 4 Jul 2018 21:03 · Edited by: Moderator
I wonder why they didn't fix this error later on?

The error on page 52, where in the early editions Snowy was at Tintin's side in one of the frames, although he was supposed to be with the Thom(p)sons, was fixed later.
Yes, that error was more obvious - but why fix one error and leave the other one in the book?
Hergé and his studio must have noticed both or someone must have told them.

It's interesting that there were two frames where Snowy appeared although he shouldn't. My theory is that Tintin and Snowy are so inseparable that Hergé included Snowy by mistake in these two frames :-)

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