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Tintin in the Land of the Soviets: "Colour" edition in January 2017

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#21 · Posted: 11 Jan 2017 10:26 · Edited by: jock123
For those who don't read French, but can't wait for a hard copy, and have the requisite technology, an English-language version of the colour Soviets is now available for purchase in the Tintin App, available through the iTunes Store, for use with iPads, iPhones (iBooks version 3 or later, iOS 4.3 or later), and Macintosh computers (iBooks version 1, Mac OS X 10.9 or later).

Personally, I have not changed my opinion that this colourisation is a travesty

"...in Portugal my drawings are massacred in an indescribable way, and coloured as if by a child of three years afflicted with color blindness..."
"I console myself by thinking about the publicity that this is for us. It's better to be known by bad reproductions that not known at all!" -- Hergé

Etienne Pollet (grandson of Louis Casterman, who was Hergé's publisher, and a former officer of the company) has followed his recent piece (shared by Léonard Pollet) on Hergé's thoughts on the rights and wrongs of republishing Soviets - including a thoroughly forensic statement of the actual truth behind years of legend, supposition and legend, backed by supporting letters from those involved - with another, equally remarkable, look at what Hergé's thoughts were on the colouring (and non-colouring) of his work.

Everyone can have their opinions, and say what they will, but they will have to find equally or more convincing quotes in Hergé's own words to make a case that stands up as well as this one!
Well worth a read - to those who don't speak French, even if one has to use auto-translate, it's easy to get a sense of things.

The quotation, drawn from the article, which introduces my comments, is a response found in a letter of 1944 by Hergé to Charles Lesne, who was worried that the colouring done by French children's magazine "Cœurs Vaillants" might not be to Hergé's taste; his answer is that it can't be as bad as that done for Portuguese comic "O Papagaio", which was - by any standards - lurid!
#22 · Posted: 20 Jan 2017 18:37
In further good news, the new version of Tintin in the Land of the Soviets has gone straight in at number one on the French bestsellers list! A remarkable achievement as that's number one on the overall charts, not just on a specialist comics list, or for reprint titles.

You can read about it (in French) here.
#23 · Posted: 6 May 2018 13:32
I am sorry to say that the colorized version of 'Soviets' does not include the well-known 'missing page' 102 (or 100, depending on the edition you have). That page was published in 'Le Petit Vingtième' (Christmas edition 1929) but subsequently 'forgotten' when the album was printed in 1930. Obviously, this was a mistake. The page fits the continuity of the story. On the last frame on page 101, Tintin opens the door of the cabin, and struggles with the storm outside. On the first frame of the missing page 102, Tintin reflects on his situation, and on the storm. Next, he encounters a jack-in-the-box skull, which gives him a bloody nose, and meets with a painting that falls on his head. In the first frame of page 103, Tintin still has that bloody nose. Whence did he get it, the reader may ask, if page 102 is left out?

I really believe that Hergé wanted this original page to be included in the story. He was a perfectionist, as we all know. So why did Casterman leave the 'missing page' out of the new release? I don't understand.
#24 · Posted: 6 May 2018 23:58
the well-known 'missing page' 102 (or 100, depending on the edition you have)

I'm not sure which versions you are referring to here, but it doesn't actually appear as those pages in the copies I have to hand - in the first English facsimile, for example, it is included as page 97a; in the 1973 Archives Hergé it appears as page 140.
Sticking with 97a seems to be the best bet, as it therefore doesn't affect the order pages in editions in which it does or doesn't appear.

The whole numbering of the book is a minefield, as the facsimile editions place no page number on the first left-hand page, and put "1" on the right-hand page.
The "standard edition" which came out from Methuen makes the "first" page page 4, which was unusual in UK books, as it counts from the front cover (this has actually become more common in recent years, thanks to computer publishing software often defaulting to the cover being treated as page 1, whereas in the past the cover wasn't included in the numbering scheme).
The new standard French colour edition doesn't number the first (left-hand) page, and puts page 1 on the first right-hand page, in the manner of the facsimile, even though it would be (including the cover) page 11 in a strictly numerical sequence.

Obviously, this was a mistake.

Can we be certain of that? It's not difficult to overlook the jump, given the fact that the story isn't the most straight forward tale to begin with; the standard Methuen edition I have doesn't include it, and I can't say I'm aware of complaints that it's difficult to follow because Tintin gets a bloody nose (I mean, he loses a black eye early in the story between standing outside a tailor's shop, and going into the shop and being served - is that any more confusing?).

I really believe that Hergé wanted this original page to be included in the story.

It is absolutely fine for you to believe this, but I would need proof. He was responsible for getting the plates prepared, so he may have been aware from the outset. It was damage to the printing plates, and Hergé being unable to afford new ones which was one of the reasons that the book went out of print to begin with; perhaps the loss of a page made sense financially to him, if it reduced his overhead.

why did Casterman leave the 'missing page' out of the new release?

Well, if Hergé was the one disinclined to include it, and had authorized the removal in the original edition, then perhaps they didn't see it as appropriate to do so?

The page has been coloured, and was included as a bonus print in the deluxe numbered edition, which also featured an alternate colour cover design, so perhaps at some time it will be re-included.
#25 · Posted: 18 Nov 2020 07:36 · Edited by: Moderator
There's an English version of the colorized Tintin in the Land of the Soviets available digitally on Google Books.

However all I can find for sale online in hard copy is the French version.

Could someone link me to a resource where I can buy the English version?

Moderator Note: Hi, ChinChin77, and welcome to the forums! Sadly, at the moment at least, there is no English-language hard copy version of the colour Soviets available to buy, only the digital one as you say.
We have moved your post to this thread which discusses the subject, which you might find interesting to read.
Let's hope that one comes out in English some day! :-)
The Happy Tintinologist Team
#26 · Posted: 27 Feb 2021 10:40
There's an English version of the colorized Tintin in the Land of the Soviets available digitally on Google Books.

Wait, there is a colorized version of Soviets? I missed that, and thought that the only version that exists is the black and white one, which is the one I bought a while ago in French.
#27 · Posted: 27 Feb 2021 11:12
Wait, there is a colorized version of Soviets?

Yes, and it's really nice. I realize that it won't be to everyone's taste, but the black-and-white version is still available too, so it's not like it's seeking to replace that, it's offering a choice, and may even bring readers - who might otherwise by-pass because of its lack of colour - to read and enjoy Soviets.

The one major regret at the moment is that as mentioned above, it still isn't available in an English print edition.
#28 · Posted: 27 Feb 2021 15:43
Okay, thank you, I wasn't aware of it at all; I'll see if I find it next time I'm home in Belgium.
#29 · Posted: 27 Feb 2021 16:21 · Edited by: jock123
Cool - be sure to let us know what you think of it!
Its release was slightly curious in so far as they released it in 2017, before the 90th anniversary in 2019, and which might have seemed a more opportune moment to make the new release a memento of that.
Instead, the colorized version of the black-and-white Congo came out in 2019 (which wasn't released as a book, but as a digital edition and a box of prints).
#30 · Posted: 8 Mar 2021 21:23 · Edited by: Moderator
Am I the only one whose quite happy with the black-and-white edition, and not fussed about a colour album being released?

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