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Tintin and the picaros (The adventures of Tintin) Unknown Binding – 1978


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  • Unknown Binding: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st American ed edition (1978)
  • ASIN: B0006CU5SE
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 21.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun 2001
Format: Hardcover
In this story Tintin, Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus return to San Theodoros, the land of the Arumbayas first visited in "The Broken Ear". General Tapioca has imprisoned Bianca Castafoire and her retinue in an attempt to lure Tintin and friends to Tapiocapolis (the capital of San Theodoros). Unleashing a wave of propoganda he claims Bianca Castafiore is a spy and that a plot to overthrow his government was conceived and planned at Marlinspike (presumably in "The Castafiore Emerald"). Haddock and Calculus travel to San Theodoros to the aid of the Milanese Nightingale (Bianca Castafiore) but Tintin is reluctant at first fearing a trap. His fears are well founded as an old enemy, Colonel Sponsz (from "The Calculus Affair") is waiting to enact his revenge. An adventure ensues during which Tintin helps General Alcazar regain control of San Theodoros again through the use of the costumes of "The Jolly Follies" (a band of performers among whom travels the ubiquitous insurance salesman Jolyon Wagg). The Arumbayas are revisted again also during this adventure.
This was the last complete adventure that Herge created for Tintin ("Tintin and the Alpha-Art" was an incomplete story). "Tintin and the Picaros" was finished in the spring of 1976. Eight years had passed since the previous story "Flight 714" and Herge was in no rush with this story. Tintin was a successful product now and the financial pressures had gone.
Something I found interesting about the story was that many have criticised Herge's political correctness with very early adventures such as "Tintin in the Congo" (which has never been released in it's colour form in England presumably because of fears about this).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 April 2012
Format: Paperback
The last Tintin adventure that Hergé saw through to completion, Tintin And The Picaros has divided opinion among fans and critics.

As Harry Thompson, author of Tintin: Herge and His Creation notes, somewhat disdainfully, Hergé makes some concessions to the times. Our plucky hero loses his iconic plus-fours, does yoga, and has the CND logo on his scooter crash-helmet! Prior to this Tintin and co. seemed to inhabit a permanent time warp located somewhere between the 1930s and the 1950s.

Well, I for one still enjoy this Tintin adventure, despite agreeing that these concessions to modernity weren't needed. It's certainly not the best or most engaging Tintin story, although it is undoubtedly, both visually and narratively, a 'mature' work. But, most importantly, it has all the major qualities one expects in a Tintin story: exotic globetrotting adventure with colourful characters, many familiar, some new, intrigue, skulduggery, heroism and comedy all mixed in.

Considering some of the political ups and downs Hergé lived through, his final public comment on politics seems apt: the book starts and ends with almost identical scenes. At the beginning we see one form of tyranny, the neo-fascist regime of General Tapioca, which by the end is simply replaced by another, namely General Alcazar's socialist regime. Both add up to the same thing; slums policed by the salaried henchmen of the current regime.

By this time Hergé was fed up with both Tintin (not that this was at all apparent to me when I first read this as a child) and politics, but true pro that he was, he nonetheless turned in a decent solidly enjoyable final instalment in the long-running saga.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By birchden on 19 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sadly this was the last ever Tintin book to be completed, and fortunately it can stand as a fitting tribute to Herge's work over the previous 40 years.

As usual in these late Tintin adventures, the artwork is superb, with some splendidly drawn large panels of South American street life, and there is an entertaining story, which sees Haddock and then Tintin travel to San Theodoros, where they are soon drawn into the deposed General Alcazar's plans to regain power from his arch enemy General Tapioca.

By this stage, Herge had become quite whimsical in his treatment of his familiar old characters, and we see Haddock forced to become a teetotaller, while Tintin has taken up yoga and sports a CND badge on his motorbike helmet.

Of course the book is far more than just a comic book for children, and there is much that will appeal to the older reader, such as Herge's obviously critical view of the military regimes then dominant in South America and his portrayal of the henpecked Alcazar.

Watch out too for Herge's take on foreign military aid to third world countries, as embodied by Borduria's Colonel Sponsz, who has become an 'advisor' to the Tapioca regime under the alias 'Esponja'!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
Comfortingly enjoying life in Marlinspike Hall, there 's a marked reluctance on the part of Tintin and Captain Haddock this time to get involved in another mad adventure, and one perhaps senses a similar reluctance from Hergé, eight years after publication of the previous Tintin adventure Flight 714, to run his characters through the same old paces once again. Once they all get going however, it's pretty much business as usual in Tintin and the Picaros, although it would prove to be the last completed Tintin adventure.

Hergé initially has a great deal of fun at the expense of his heroes' prevarication. The opera singer Bianca Castafiore has been arrested in San Theodoros while on a tour of South America and charged with spying offenses. Despite pressure from press and television reporters and despite the gallant words of Calculus, Haddock is the last person to the rush to the aid of the diva, believing correctly she is quite capable of looking after herself. The pressure mounts however as General Tapioca turns it into a very public challenge offering safe passage if they come to negotiate in person. Normally, Tintin and co. would be on the next plane for South America, but this time they are a bit more canny, and have clearly learned lessons from past, aware that the challenge is nothing more than an attempt to lure Tintin, as well as General Tapioca and his Picaros rebels, into a trap. Nonetheless they do make the journey and soon find their suspicions confirmed.
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