Includes "Tintin in the Land of the Soviets" (1929-30), "Tintin in the Congo" (1930-31). They reflect attitudes of the times towards Russian and African people, which may cause offence to some readers. Herge himself admitted that he was influenced by the stereotypes of the period.
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets
In his debut adventure, originally published in 1929, Tintin is pursued by Bolshevik agents trying to prevent him from exposing the new Soviet regime. Punctuated by slapstick and political revelations, this story is based on the writings of an anticommunist Belgian ex-consul to the Ukraine. Black and white illustrations. The 'Tintin's we are familiar with now - painstakingly illustrated, beautifully coloured and meticulously detailed - only came into being in the mid-40s: earlier editions were redrafted and edited to fit the new format. This book was the only one Herge didn't remodel.
Tintin in the Congo
The young reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy set off on assignment to Africa. But a sinister stowaway follows their every move and seems set on ensuring they come to a sticky end. Tintin and Snowy encounter witch doctors, hostile tribesmen, crocodiles, boa constrictors and numerous other wild animals before solving the mystery and getting their story. First published in book form in 1931 (in black & white only), Tintin in the Congo reflects the colonial attitudes of that period in its depiction of African people. This is also true of the treatment of big-game hunting and the attitude towards animals.