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Cigars of the Pharaoh: Which do you prefer, black-and-white or colour?

#1 · Posted: 3 Jan 2019 02:05

Which edition of Cigars of the Pharaoh do other Tintinologists prefer?

I personally prefer the black-and-white original over the colour version, because the drawings flow better. It reminds me of when other Tintinologists complain that the new version of The Black Island seems more wooden.

The edition itself is also nicer - many books don't get cloth spines these days, and I just happen to like cloth spines. The red cloth matches the mustard-yellow perfectly.

What's more, the story's longer!

What do you think?

#2 · Posted: 3 Jan 2019 18:46 · Edited by: Shivam302001
It is kind of a tricky question because the two different editions are the two sides of the same coin - one is the head and the other is the tail. Herge basically just reformatted the black and white edition to the standard 62-page format, and hence had to cut some scenes and expand on the ones that already existed.

I agree there are some extra scenes on the facsimile edition but there are also some in the colour format (like Allan).

No, to be precise, I am quite conflicted. I like both the books for their own reasons. So, maybe that's a tie?

But if there is a choice between the two (and if you can't have both), then I would go with the revised edition because continuity-wise and art-wise (obviously!), it fits better into the Tintin canon.
#3 · Posted: 3 Jan 2019 20:14
"Cigars" is one of my favourite adventures!
It was the second Tintin story I read as a kid, back in 1977,
in weekly installments in the German magazine "Fix und Foxi" :-)

I really can't decide which version I like the best. Both are great.

Some of the drawings in the colour version are definitely better.
But the black and white has also its advantages.
Take the frame where Tintin jumps onto a train
(page 85 in the black and white, page 47 in the colour version):
In the black and white the impression of speed is much better, IMO.
And Tintins pose is more dynamic. I think that in the colour version the sense of speed
is nearly lost because the drawing of the train and the background is too detailed.
That scene looks better in the black and white.

I also like those sequences towards the end, that had to be cut in the colour version.
It's like watching a special version of a movie that contains additional sequences ;-)

I wonder what the colour version would have looked like, had it been created in the 1940s.
There are subtle differences between the earlier, 1940s colour editions
and the later variations, especially for the covers.
For example the LES AVENTURES DE TINTIN text was different then and
there were sometimes white coloured title texts (for "Congo" and "Crabe"),
and also some of the title texts on the inner pages were in colour, not just black.
Unfortunately, in the 1950s the covers and inside titles were kind of "standardized",
so that all text was now black, etc.
So I really wonder what a 1940s colour edition of Cigars would have looked like...
#4 · Posted: 1 Feb 2019 04:22
Like others, I really can't decide. While I do prefer the original drawings to the ones made for the colour edition, there are some interesting changes to note in the modern version, like Allan appearing before his official debut.

To answer the question though, I've gotta go with the black and white edition. I just can't resist the cream coloured cover and the cloth spine, and that classic paper quality.
#5 · Posted: 29 Oct 2020 11:51 · Edited by: ajamalabad
If it's just about enjoying the story, I much prefer the newer edition (for any of the adventures). I happen to have two versions of the colour edition of Cigars (different lettering and different sail route map on the opening page), I guess don't know which of them I like more. :P

I have a B&W facsimile of Cigars, which I adore for the colour plates, the quality of the materials used, the deleted scenes, and for Herge's old style that I like to take a look at. But not for plain fun reading. Also, if you're talking about the B&W English editions with the Comic Sans font - oh boy, that font is a HUGE bummer in these books (and I thought it wouldn't bother me much).

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