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Colonel Jorgen
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#11 · Posted: 25 May 2012 11:59
Interesting and thanks for sharing mct16. Which version do you think is the best or had the most potential? Oh, how I wish Egmont published all the various versions together under one cover!
mct16
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#12 · Posted: 26 May 2012 17:52
I think I'll plump for the first book edition of 1950. First of all because it includes a scene with Haddock at the beginning, thus his appearance at the end of the story is not just as out-of-the-blue as in the magazine version.

The sub-plot with the impending war also gives a little extra tension to the story. That aspect has always intrigued me: after all the central plot is about Tintin investigating exploding cars, not actually trying to prevent a war and the fact that he does not take an active role in preventing it (as he did in "Broken Ear" or "King Ottokar") seemed a bit odd. It also gives more credibility to Müller's sabotage.

Also, having a passion for history, I've always enjoyed the scenes in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine and the conflict between the various elements (British, Jews and Arabs), not to mention the humorous confusion over Tintin's double.

Colonel Jorgen:
how I wish Egmont published all the various versions together under one cover!

Has anyone considered starting an online petition or something in order to encourage the publishers to translate the earlier versions of Tintin's adventures?
luinivierge2010
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#13 · Posted: 27 May 2012 13:42 · Edited by: luinivierge2010
Balthazar:
it's shame there doesn't seem to be an authorised or published edition of this 1939-40 version easily available

It turns out that a reprint of the first version of the story is in fact available. One should consult the seventh volume (containing three Tintin stories, including Black Gold) from the complete works of Herge set published by Rombaldi Editeur in the mid-1980s. Although not "easily available" (strictly speaking!), copies can be picked up for around 20 to 25 Euros on eBay.fr - however, it should be noted that the pages, slightly grubby, are only reproduced in small format.
jock123
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#14 · Posted: 27 May 2012 17:54
luinivierge2010:
In passing - a few hours left to bid on this set which I recommend highly

Sadly it would seem that neither I nor anyone else had the £600-£700 needed to fund such a purchase… Like the bulk of the Chronologies books, and the complete Rombaldi Tintin, I’ll just add it to the list of things I can’t afford to buy for my collection (even if I had the space)… ;-)
luinivierge2010
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#15 · Posted: 27 May 2012 19:24
jock123
I know the feeling...
Colonel Jorgen
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#16 · Posted: 28 May 2012 12:42 · Edited by: Colonel Jorgen
luinivierge2010:
In passing - a few hours left to bid on this set which I recommend highly :

That is a beautiful set: it looks like the complete collection of some great French novelist like Balzac or Flaubert rather than a comic collection! In fact, the only thing I dislike about it is the price tag...
jock123
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#17 · Posted: 28 May 2012 17:41 · Edited by: jock123
Colonel Jorgen:
rather than a comic collection

That’s not even the comic collection that was for sale, Colonel, that was a set of supplementary volumes, L’univers d’Hergé which followed Rombaldi’s l’Œuvre Intégrale d’Hergé. Rather than us taking this thread further off topic, you can read about them here:
l’Œuvre Intégrale d’Hergé: The Rombaldi collection
Colonel Jorgen
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#18 · Posted: 29 May 2012 11:49
jock123
Ah right, my first impressions were correct then! Thanks for pointing out my misunderstanding Jock, and for providing the link.
mct16
Member
#19 · Posted: 29 May 2012 12:49 · Edited by: mct16
Here's a suggestion. You might get lucky if you go on ebay and make a worldwide search for:

tintin au pays de l'or noir petit vingtième

which is basically searching for Tintin in the land of black gold by the "Petit Vingtième".

I recall someone once offering to sell pages of the story cut out from the various editions, but it was in the closing minutes of the sale so there was not time to post a link here.

Of course, the seller may be offering either original pages from the newspapers or print-outs based on scans, so it would be best to communicate with them first and ask if they can send you an image of a page in order to check for quality and authenticity. You should be able to send them a message in English - many on the continent now speak or at least understand basic English.
Colonel Jorgen
Member
#20 · Posted: 30 May 2012 12:20
mct16
Thanks for the tip. I will do that. How long is this original Land of Black Gold? I recall reading somewhere (it might have been in Michael Farr's book, but I'm not sure) that it "ended" with Tintin left stranded in the desert after his accounter with Dr. Muller.

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