Tintin and the picaros (The adventures of Tintin)
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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).Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great tintin book in correct format - excellent service too - thanksPublished 8 months ago by DrLin
It's no co-incidence that Herge's best work came with his advancing years. His wisdom, political suaveness, and better understanding of the realities of the world increased with... Read morePublished 12 months ago by R.M.F.Brown (Author)
“Tintin and the Picaros” is the last “real” Tintin comic, originally published in serialized form in 1976. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ashtar Command
I have managed to buy the entire collection of hardbacks for my husband. He is very happy with them. Great quality.Published 18 months ago by honestreviewer
I am a massive Tintin fan for the past 30 years. This book is still in the same style with the usual characters in an enjoyable yarn.Published 20 months ago by H. L. Radcliffe
Not as good as the well known adventures but still a decent addition to the series.but a little forgettable .Published on 26 Sept. 2013 by ian petts