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Land of Black Gold: The 1939-1940 publication

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#21 · Posted: 30 May 2012 13:21 · Edited by: mct16
This is covered on page 1 of this thread: the story as published in the Petit Vingtieme only goes so far as Tintin, dressed as an Arab, being knocked unconscious by Muller who, having identified him as Tintin, picks up a rifle and is about to shoot him.

Sellers who are selling pages of the newspaper will likely go this far. Some might include printed scans of unpublished pages in which Muller then notices a sand storm, ties Tintin up with rope and abandons him in the path of the storm. It ends with Tintin half-buried in sand and calling out for Snowy.

Again, caution: if the seller is offering actual pages of the original newspaper (which he may have obtained from his grandfather) then fine, but others may just be offering poor quality prints on standard A4 paper obtained from the internet, so it would be best to get them to email a sample before making a bid.
#22 · Posted: 4 Dec 2020 12:33
Sorry to dig up this old thread, but if anyone is looking for the original 1939-40 version of Land of Black Gold, in addition to the small format version published in Hergé: L'Oeuvre Intégral Tome 7, it has been published (in full-page format) in Hergé: Le Feuilleton Intégral Tome 8.

However, the best place by far to read it is in Les Archives Tintin Tome 44: Tintin au Pays de l'or Noir, published in 2014. This not only includes the pages published in Le Petit Vingtieme, but also the two unpublished pages that end the original unfinished version of the story on an unresolved cliffhanger. Unfortunately it is hard to find and can be quite expensive when it is for sale.

The 1948-50 serialisation has never be republished. We can only hope that Hergé: Le Feuilleton Intégral Tome 10 will come out, which will feature this version. Until then, the only legal way to read it is to buy old copies of Le Journal Tintin.

One final note: all of these versions, in addition to the facsimile of the 1950 album, are not available in English. The only version available in English is the final version, first published in 1971 and in English in 1972, which removes the Jews and the British from the story and resets it in Khemed.

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