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Jo, Zette & Jocko: The Secret Ray

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23duff
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#21 · Posted: 20 Sep 2005 20:22
there seem to be a lot of copies of "The Secret Ray" about lately. I have two copies (one in mint unread condition, which i am thinking of selling).

it is a good one.
heruursmith
Member
#22 · Posted: 28 Sep 2005 23:10 · Edited by: heruursmith
I have the French versions of the double story, but have just had the English double volume sent from the Tintin shop (online). I am rather looking forward to it arriving, as although I do read a bit of French it is still more relaxing to read in English for me.
The Tintin Shop are selling the English versions for 15 UK Pounds at the moment which is pretty good for an out of print Herge book!

Kamael
jockosjungle
Member
#23 · Posted: 30 Aug 2008 07:49
Just so you know and thanks to the guy who e-mailed me the information

Jo, Zette and Jocko - The Secret Ray is available at the Tintin Shop at the moment

http://www.thetintinshop.uk.com/acatalog/Miscellaneous_Books.html

R
Binky
Member
#24 · Posted: 3 Dec 2009 06:13
For some strange reason, The Secret Ray is available in the States right now through Amazon.

There's no graphic accompanying the listing, but it really is the 1994 English edition. At least, the one I just received from them is. For years I've been doing occasional searches here and there for this elusive little creature, and was certain this would turn out to either be a permanent-backorder, or a French edition, or heaven-knows-what. But, well, here it is in front of me.

Anyway, I can't be the only one hunting this particular game. Hope this is helpful to someone.
Harrock n roll
Moderator
#25 · Posted: 3 Dec 2009 13:17
Binky:
it really is the 1994 English edition. At least, the one I just received from them is.

That's interesting, I see from the Amazon link that the publisher is given as Moulinsart. I'm pretty sure the publisher was Sundancer in the original 1994 edition, not Moulinsart, so is this a reprint? Or maybe old stock...?
Binky
Member
#26 · Posted: 3 Dec 2009 21:56
It is in fact the 1994 Sundancer edition.

'Manitoba' cover on one side, 'Karamako' cover on the other, pink and white checkerboard liner on the inside and a couple pages of notes and pictures before the story starts.
number1fan
Member
#27 · Posted: 19 Nov 2019 22:07
I have searched high and low for this one in English, with no luck.

Has anyone been able to pick this up for a reasonable price?.
snowybella
Member
#28 · Posted: 21 Nov 2019 02:47 · Edited by: snowybella
number1fan

number1fan:
I have searched high and low for this one in English, with no luck.

I've done the same for years now - but I've given up now!

The reason why it's so difficult to come accross is because "Jo, Zette and Jocko" is not half as famous/popular as Tintin (e.g. there is less demand for them), there is some questionable content in the last pages of "Manitoba", and that English edition has now been out-of-print since the Nineties. The fact that, as mentioned earlier in the thread, there were still some unsold copies surfacing in the early two-thousands, says a great deal about the book's "success".

In other words, we Johnny-come-latelys (including me!) should have bought it years ago when it was still in print.

The best option is to arm oneself with a French dictionary and battle through the original editions, which is what I've resorted to, though I think there is a copy somewhere on Amazon.com selling for a few thousand dollars...
number1fan
Member
#29 · Posted: 25 Nov 2019 16:44
I recieved this email from Casterman after sending them an email on how I could obtain The Secret Ray.

Dear Mr number1fan,

I'm afraid you won't find anymore the adventures of Jo, Zette and Jocko in English, except perhaps on commercial sites...
The only translations actually date from the 90s and haven't been reprinted since. We are sorry.
There is still a publication on the Egmont site, but I think it is out of print. You can always ask them.

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