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Shooting Star: Different original newspaper strip ending?

#1 · Posted: 25 May 2018 08:54 · Edited by: Moderator
I recently learned from a site that Hergé had finished The Shooting Star strip that appeared in Le Soir with a different ending.
A search of the Internet showed Tintin, Haddock and Professor Phostle giving an interview. However, since the text was in French, I could not decipher much about what they were talking about.
Does anybody have any idea about this newspaper ending?
Also, it would be interesting to know whether Hergé excluded any other major sequences from the original newspaper strip much like this one.
#2 · Posted: 25 May 2018 10:58
The newspaper printed two strips after the ending of the story, just to fill in a couple of days.
The first is as you describe, and is made up of a (fictional) "Radio-Soir" announcement, saying that the "Aurora" has returned, and introduces a short interview with Haddock.

The Captain is very awkward and tongue tied, and basically just says that he is happy to have won the race to the meteor, and hopes he will do better next time. He then "weighs anchor", and gives his place to the professor, who rather dully and repetitively rambles about how the sample they have brought back is important to science, and will be studied intently.

He is followed by Tintin, who thanks the "listeners" who have followed them during their long voyage, but then mentions that he has a message from his editor-in-chief - which there isn't room for, so it will have to wait for the next day.

A day later, and Tintin (still at the microphone) introduces Jacques Van Melkebeke's character Le Baron de Crac, and says that he (the Baron) will be appearing in place of the Tintin strip as of the next issue.

In the manner of Tintin breaking the fourth wall to the reeader, Snowy manages to walk into the edge of a panel border, which angers him.
#3 · Posted: 25 May 2018 15:01
The site mentioned that these strips can be found in Tintin mon copain by Leon Degrelle. Can it be found in any other book like Archives Herge?
#4 · Posted: 26 May 2018 20:50
Also, it would be interesting to know whether Hergé excluded any other major sequences from the original newspaper strip much like this one.

Much of the newspaper strip is the same as in the book, though there are some panels which were left out.

The most notable is a controversial scene where Tintin is in the street and is being harrased by Philippulus the Prophet. They pass a pair of Jews, one of whom remarks that the end of the world would suite him since he will be spared having to pay off his creditors!

Another is on the meteorite when Tintin is being chased by the spider. He suddenly thinks of Philippulus chuckling and saying "It's judgement!... Aha!... Judgement!" He may have been crazy but he appears to have made an impression.
#5 · Posted: 27 May 2018 00:05
Tintin mon copain by Leon Degrelle

I certainly wouldn't waste time on anything to do with, or by, Degrelle, a man without scruple, who used a passing acquaintance with Hergé to make baseless assertions of his own importance to the development of Tintin.

The original version of The Shooting Star is, I believe, going to be included in the ongoing series of releases under the title Hergé, le Feuilleton intégral, although I am not sure in what volume or when.
#6 · Posted: 27 May 2018 16:33
The strips have been reprinted in "Hergé, le feuilleton intégral" volume 9 (1940-1943).
That volume also contains the strips for "Crab with the Golden Claws",
"Secret of the Unicorn" and "Red Rackham's Treasure".

It's a nice, good quality hardcover book.
But I wish the "Shooting Star" strips were available in a single volume.
First of all, the other stories had already been published in books
such as "Les Vrais Secrets de La Licorne". So many fans will already have those.
And the "feuilleton" book is thick and heavy, not ideal for comfortable reading.
#7 · Posted: 2 Jun 2018 01:51 · Edited by: snowybella
For those who want to see for themselves, here is the first strip from the French Tintin site. According to the post it came in (here, if you're nosey), it's been in an auction and is valued at 60,000 euros!

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