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The Black Island (Adventures of Tintin)

4.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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  • Unknown Binding: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007K40FE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Format: Hardcover
The Black Island was published as a black & white book in 1938, then in 1943, the very same B/W drawings were coloured with only one frame added. Then, in 1965, on his British publishers' request, Herge had to re-draw the whole book modernizing and changing every frame, creating the common book we grew up with. In this 1943 original, you get to see the all-Herge vision of Tintin's deeds in Britain, unlike the 1965 version which was largely drawn by his associates in "Studio Herge".

This adventure was created while the clouds of war were gathering over Europe, and Herge did not miss that. Tintin goes to Britian after a money counterfeiting gang headed by a man called Müller, and although Müller's nationality was never mentioned candidly in the book, you do not need much guess work to figure it out. History tells us that after the end of WW2, documentation of a massive operation to forge British money by the Nazis was discovered. Their aim was to destroy the British wartime economy, an aim they never achieved. For Herge to draw this book before WW2 even began, just shows the kind of visionary he was.

Released with this book are 5 other exact copies of first colour editions: "Cigars of The Pharaoh", "Broken Ear", "King Ottokar's Sceptre", "Tintin in America", and "Blue Lotus". Those five are slighty to significantly different than the common ones you already have. Real hardcore Tintin fans should get the whole set of 6, but if you were going the get just one, it definitely should be The Black Island. 100% different, historically important, charming, and simply beautiful.
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Being a fan of Tintin and Herge, I got this comic book having seen the cartoon version of the 'Black Island' on TV ages ago. There are some differences between the TV version and the comic that I got from Amazon. Personally I prefer the comic version reading the incredible adventure and mysteries that Tintin, the main character in the comic goes through, followed by his faithful dog Snowy. There are a few funny bits in this one that always make me laugh, which made me a fan of these comics. The best one for me had to be the clumsy antics of the 2 english detectives, Thomson and Thomson, which is featured in this particular book. I enjoy reading this comic book when I am out and about and relaxing at home. If you like Tintin or like stories of detectives and bumbling characters, then this is certainly a comic book that is worth buying.
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Format: Paperback
A trip through England and Scotland on the trail of a nefarious gang, for TT and his dog. Uncomplicated for a change, with the emphasis on adventure here, this is a simple, pacy thriller, no doubt somewhat inspired by The 39 Steps, at least in the location and the pace of it all. And it has a twist or two in the story, to keep the thrill factor going. A very strong book in the series, even without Capt.Haddock.
4.5 stars.
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Format: Paperback
The Black Island is a terrific Tintin adventure set mainly in England and Scotland. Tintin is wrongly accused of a theft and is arrested by the thoroughly useless and entertaining Thompson twins. The action then picks up from here as Tintin investigates a gang of forgers with his ever trusty companion Snowy.
This is a charming adventure, I adore the artwork by Herge and a story where Captain Haddock does not feature. The plot is very much like a John Buchan thriller, but I think the Black Island is a satisfying and charming read.
Tintin is suitable for children and adults alike.
You can't keep a good reporter and his little dog down.
Lovely stuff.
5 stars
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By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
It all starts off innocently enough, as it often does in a Tintin adventure, but before long, our young investigative journalist is embarking on a journey that takes him to the British Isles and ultimately to the mystic Black Island in Scotland. He has good reason to make the journey, having witnessed an unmarked plane landing in a nearby field while out for a walk and, by the end of page one Tintin is shot by the pilot as he goes to investigate. Recovering in hospital, he learns from Thompson and Thomson that the same plane has been reported crash-landing in Sussex, and Tintin accordingly sets out with Snowy to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Like many of Tintin's earliest adventures, the ones initially serialised in the Petit Vingtième in the late 1920s and 1930s, the story takes the form of a linear line, with a rolling series of events taking Tintin from one place to the next, getting involved in mishaps and picking up clues along the way. Reworked for colour album publication, the story in The Black Island still doesn't get any more complex than Tintin following a trail, being hampered by criminals trying to shake him off along the way - permanently if possible - with a bit more slapstick than usual (Tintin even knocking himself out by standing on a rake at one point). The pacing however is excellent, with twists and thrills on every page and lovely clear-line artwork that has a wonderful sense of openness and movement.

Like all of Hergé's Tintin work, the use of locations and the evocation of mood is superb.
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