Tintin. La malédiction de Rascar Capac Tome 1 - Le mystère des boules de cristal (French) Hardcover – 12 Mar 2014
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Tintin - Albums hors série (2014) - HERGÉ & COLLECTIF La Malédiction de Rascar Capac - 1 - Le Mystère des boules de cristal - Reprise des strips publiés dans Le Soir avec en vis-à-vis de chaque page de nombreux éléments d'éclairage de l'oeuvre
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Philippe Goddin's commentaries are sometimes interesting, but mostly we could have managed without them. Main problem for English readers is that this book is available only in French.
In 2003 Casterman published the original strip version of Le Temple Du Soleil, which remains one of the single most interesting publishing projects associated with Tintin's adventures. Now, belatedly (but presumably with a second edition of that excellent book in mind) we have a book devoted to the strip version of The Seven Crystal Balls. For those curious about the process that brought the two-album adventure into existence, this could hardly be more exciting.
Building on the foundation of Les Mysteres des 7 Boules De Crystal (a 2012 volume that also reprinted the Soir strips) this new landscape volume gives a full and scholarly account of the publication. It is a much larger book than that earlier edition both in format and number of pages, and each page of the mystery is faced by a full page of discussion. Although the strip itself is published in B&W, there are copious colour illustrations.
If you simply wish to read the story in French, this is not the book for you: the facsimile edition of the 1948 colour album is the one to get. If, however, you want to be able to compare the story in different states, and the considerable redrawing that was needed between the original format and the album, then this is a must-have. Like the "Dossier Tintin" variorum edition of L'Îsle Noire, this is fine example of Casterman's obsessive and inexhaustible enthusiasm for the history of Hergé's work. Tintin fans could hardly be better served.
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