- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Cinebook Ltd; Reprint edition (11 Jan. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 190546021X
- ISBN-13: 978-1905460212
- Product Dimensions: 22 x 0.5 x 29 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Adventures of Blake and Mortimer: The Yellow "M" v. 1 (Adventures of Blake & Mortimer) Paperback – 11 Jan 2007
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About the Author
Born of Edgar Pierre Jacobs imagination during the post-WWII period, Professor Philip Mortimer, nuclear physicist, and Captain Francis Blake, dashing head of MI5, are legendary heroes of the 9th art. The author, a close relative of Herge, appreciated the excessive and the astonishing that could be found within the scope of scientific invention; his heroes, very much ahead of their time, discover extraordinary objects and phenomena through their uncommon adventures. Before devoting himself exclusively to them, Edgar Pierre Jacobs collaborated with Herge and took part in the realization of 'Tintin in the Congo', 'Tintin in America', 'The Blue Lotus', 'King Ottokar's Sceptre', 'The Seven Crystal Balls', and the 'Prisoners of the Sun'."
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Top Customer Reviews
There were many adventures in this series (some continued after Jacob's death) and they make a great read.
As other reviewers have said, this work lacks humour, when you combine this with Jacobs willingness to include lots of dialogue, with huge text boxes, it becomes a bit of a slow read. Herge always did this better providing interesting supporting characters,(i.e. pg 23-24 of "The Red Sea Sharks", where Herge does a massive info dump, made paletable by the humour of Captain Haddock struggling to stay awake). This is all the more important when you consider that both artists use a bland leading character so that the reader can put themselves into the adventure, regardless of their own personal background. "The Yellow M" suffers from having 3 bland leading charactors, Blake, Mortimer and Kendall, and this makes the storytelling a little dry (the excessive use of narrative text boxes adds to this).
Nevertheless despite these criticsms, this is an essential purchase for any Bande Dessinee collection and a rollicking good adventure story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the finest of the series; great drawings; a gripping story. I really enjoyed reading this one.
PS: The translator did a good job ;)
This old-fashioned cartoon detective strip was wolfed down by my 9 year old who has grown up on the original Tintin strips. Read morePublished on 25 April 2014 by Historia
To be honest most of the Blake and Mortimers I've read were written by others and not by Jacobs. I like very much the modern ones and I was wondering what could be the original... Read morePublished on 11 April 2014 by Gergely T
I've read many strip cartoons books and got into this, though didn't find it as compelling as some of the others. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by David Newport
In the adventurous vein of Tintin, which is not surprising considering that the author & artist EP Jacobs was a long-time friend of Herge and collaborated with him on several of... Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2012 by Kaps
It's not a bad comic book, but for me it is too text heavy. There are some huge blocks of text that I really couldn't be bothered reading. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2011 by D. W. Gill-collis
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