TINTIN

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition

"The Lake of Sharks"



Tintin is a fictional character created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi (Hergé). Tintin is the eponymous protagonist of the series; a reporter and adventurer who travels around the world with his dog Snowy. The character was created in 1929 and introduced in Le Petit Vingtième a weekly youth supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle. He appears as a young man 14–19 years old with a round face and silly hairstyle. Tintin has a sharp intellect, can command any type of vehicle, can defend himself, is honest, decent, compassionate, and kind. Through his investigative reporting, quick thinking, and all-around good nature, Tintin is always able to solve the mystery and complete the adventure.

Unlike other, more colourful characters he encounters, Tintin's personality is rather neutral or really quite unexciting, permitting a balanced reflection of all that surrounds him. Rather than the reader having to follow the actions of a heroic protagonist, the reader is allowed to assume Tintin's position within the story and safely enter a stimulating world.

Georges Remi died in 1983, yet his hero lives on, even to be featured in a 2011 Hollywood movie. In the years since his creation. Remi made 24 albums/books during 1929-83, leaving a 25th “Tintin and the Alpha-Art” unfinished. It was Hergé wish that no new albums should come after his death, which is why “The Alpha-Art” has never been finished; which annoy many Tintin fans, not least because it seems that the story could have been one of his funniest.

Sources: Wikipedia and the 26 Tintin books.


1. Tintin in the Land of the Soviets


First published by Le Petit Vingtième 1930:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

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The story tells of young Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy, who are sent to the Soviet Union to report on the policies of Joseph Stalin's Bolshevik government.

Both story and drawing are rather primitive and Hergé was really not proud of it, which is why the sort was never re-drawn and colored like others of his early stories. It was quite popular in 1930 when it was issued.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy

2. Tintin in the Congo


First published by Le Petit Vingtième 1931:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

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Sent to Congo by his newspaper Tintin is pursued by a mysterious villain who is trying to kill him. But when Tintin instead gets done with him, Tintin finds a letter that says that someone wants Tintin dead. The letter is signed AC - it's from no other than Al Capone, who is trying to take control of diamond production there. Tintin ends up getting the gang arrested.

Along the way, Tintin are in a number of situations where he mildly behaves politically incorrect. One example is when he shoots not just one antelope, but a huge pile of them. However, this is not the only thing that makes the Congo album Hergé's most controversial.

Hergé way of drawing the native black population is mildly spoken stereotypical, which later had made people call him racist and colonialist. Hergé defended his way of describing the black and the colonies, as the common belief in the 20s and 30s - but he was nevertheless very offended by the racist accusations.

Tintin in the Congo was re-drawn, and the new version was published in 1946. As a part of this modification, Hergé cut the page length from 110 pages to the standard 62 pages, as suggested by the publisher

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thompson
Thomson

3. Tintin in America


First published by Le Petit Vingtième 1932:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

Hergé had long wanted to send Tintin to America, a country which fascinated him. He was especially fascinated by the native Americans, the Indians, which Hergé he had learned about as a scout.

The America adventure is a fast-paced album where Tintin once again came up against Al Capone, whose gang he had fought in the Congo. Al Capone is also the only villain who is a named after historical figure in a Tintin story. Other characters have historical models (including the villain Rastapopolous , who is said to have been modeled after a Greek ship owner, whose name Hergé changed.

The America album also shows a grim ironic commentary on capitalism and the progress that America represented. In a scene oil is being found, after which a fully functional city springs up from the earth in just one day!

Tintin in America was easily as exciting and fast-paced as the first two Tintin albums - but now combined with a satirical dimension of the capitalist American society, which gave it more depth than the previous two albums.

Incidentally the villain Rastapopoulos appears at the end, where he sits down with Tintin listening to his farewell speech. However, it was not until the next album, “Cigars of the Pharaoh” that Tintin really got to know him and his villainy.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Rastapopoulos

4. Cigars of the Pharaoh


First published by Le Petit Vingtième 1934:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

This album finds Tintin Egypt. For the first time as real characters we meet Thomson and Thompson, who arrest Tintin for possessing cocaine. It turns out that an international cocaine gang is behind the cocaine. The leader is a man who turns out to become an evil spirit in later Tintin albums: Roberto Rastapopolous. This album also introduces Rastapopoulos' second- in-line villain, Allan Thompson, whom we also encounter again in later albums .

Cigars of the Pharaoh has a wonderful air of mystery and excitement that distinguishes it from the earlier albums. The album simply works more deeply and interestingly, also due to the large gallery of charaters which also counts the enigmatic professor of archaeology, Professor Philemon Siclone, The Maharaja of Rawhajputalah, a murderous fakir who can hypnotize and the Portuguese merchant Oliveira da Figueira,.

The mysterious character of the pharaoh with the funny name Kih-Oskh also plays an important role - it keeps showing up no matter where Tintin comes up. This tightens the story and helps give it its mysterious atmosphere.

Cigars of the Pharaoh is also very rich in detail and lifelike reproductions of weapons , aircraft, sarcophagi, cities and environments in general. The realistic style which later became a thing which characterized Hergé really began with this story.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Rastapopoulos
Thomson
Thompson
Allan Thompson
Oliveira da Figueira

5. The Blue Lotus


First published by Le Petit Vingtième 1936:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

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The Blue Lotus continues where “Cigars of the Pharaoh” ended: with the Maharaja of Rawhajputalah where Tintin is resting after the breathtaking experiences with the cigars.

Tintin decides to go to Shanghai to continue the hunt for the cocaine gang. He is, however, expected by the gang who try to kill him. His life is saved several times by a young Chinese man, who gets hit by the madness poison, which the villain Mitsuhirato possesses. Besides pursuing international criminal gang , Tintin now also goes in search of the antidote that can cure his rescuer and the others who suffer from insanity.

Along the way, Tintin also meets a young Chinese man, Tchang, whom he saves and who later helps him. The character was inspired by a young Chinese art student whom Hergé met in Brussels.

The Blue Lotus unfolds primarily in Shanghai and it is rich in details from the Chinese cityscape in the 30s. Colourful and with banners of Chinese letters designed by Tchang and detailed drawings of the Chinese interior. The story is also remarkably sharp in its political framework, with Japanese invaders and cynical Westerners in Shanghai. Not least, the police chief Dawson, who is also allied with the villain Mitsuhirato.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Rastapopoulos
Thomson
Thompson
Dawson
Tchang

6. The Broken Ear


First published by Le Petit Vingtième 1937:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

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In search of a mysterious fetish statue with a broken ear, Tintin this time comes to the Central American republic of San Theodores. Here he narrowly saved from execution by group of General Alcazar’s rebels who are about to take over power from dictator Tapioca. Tintin is appointed colonel of Alcazar’s new government.

2 different oil companies are trying to provoke a war between San Theodores and neighboring Nuevo Rico in an attempt to seize control of some oil fields. Under false charges of spying Tintin gets sentenced to death. He rescued, but the affair is blown up by the media, and war between the two countries breaks out .

Tintin takes off into the jungle to track down fetish Statue on the Arumbaya Indians who originally owned it. He meets Ridgewell, who says that the fetish was abducted by a man named Walker. At the same a big diamond also disappeared.

Tintin follows the trail and it ends with a showdown with the bad guys Perez and Ramon, who are also trying to get hold of the fetish and the diamond.

Like “The Blue Lotus” “The Broken Ear” was a real political conflict as a framework - The so-called Gran Chaco War from 1932 to 1935.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
General Alcazar

7. The Black Island


First published by Le Petit Vingtième 1938:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

Like a detective Tintin goes searching for the truth behind a mysterious plane crash in Sussex in England. Along the way he is hounded by Thompson and Thomson who are convinced that he is a villain.

Tintin traces a mysterious gang of counterfeiters, headquartered on “The Black Island” in Scotland. The gang makes several attempts to kill Tintin, but obviously in vain with Tintin’s best friend Snowy as the hero.

“The Black Island” appears inspired by Hitchcock's best spy movies. The gang is headed by Dr. Müller. This is the first time that Müller appears in a Tintin story.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
Dr. Mûller

8. King Ottokar's Sceptre


First published by Le Petit Vingtième 1938-39:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

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“King Ottokar's Sceptre” takes place in the fictional kingdom of Syldavia posited somewhere in the south east of Europe.

Tintin gets mixed up in numerous situations which stems from the fact that neighboring country Borduria wants to provoke a crisis in order to have an excuse to seize power from the Syldavian King Muskar XII.

The sceptre is crucial in deciding who is the legitimate ruler of the kingdom. If the sceptre the ruler must abdicate. In order to save the heir to the Syldavian throne Tintin must ensure that the scepter does not fall into the wrong hands.

Hergé created this fictional country Syldavia with many details. Language, demography , culture, people and history is meticulously designed and includes a multiple-page tourist brochure that Tintin reads on the plane on the way to Klow the capital of Syldavia.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
Bianca Castafiore
Colonel Boris
Igor Wagner

9. The Crab with the Golden Claws


First published by Le Soir Jeunesse 1941:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

“The Crab with the Golden Claws” was the first Tintin story that was printed and published in Le Soir. It’s a terrific smuggler story where Tintin accidentally encounters a gang of criminals who smuggle opium in tins of crabmeat .

We meet Allan who was introduced in Cigars of the Pharaoh. Here Allan is the mate for a drunken captain, Captain Haddock. Haddock and Tintin meet each other for the first time here and flee together from the ship and then across the desert. Haddock is unaware of the gang's sinister activities - and he becomes Tintin's best friend and a main character in the coming Tintin stories.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
Allan Thompson
Captain Haddock

10. The Shooting Star


First published by Le Soir Jeunesse 1941:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

Tintin has a dream of a mad prophet who predicts the end of the world when a meteor hits the earth.

A mysterious meteorite does hit the Earth and ends in the sea. The stone consists of an unknown metal, and together with Haddock and a group of scientists Tintin goes on an expedition on the ship Aurora in search of the meteor. The expedition competes with another group who on the ship Peary also are trying to reach the stone.

There is generally a sinister mood in the story – a kind of doomsday story.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
Captain Haddock

11. The Secret of the Unicorn


First published by Le Soir Jeunesse 1943:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

In ”The Secret of the Unicorn” Captain Haddock plays a more important role than before.

By chance Tintin finds a model of the Unicorn , Sir Francis Haddock’s ship, an ancestor of Captain Haddock. It turns out that the mast of the model is hollow and contains a mysterious sheet of parchment with mysterious notes.

Haddock then finds Sir Francis' diary , in which he says he overpowered a group of pirates led by Red Rackham, stole their treasure and blew them up after killing Rackham in close combat. Afterwards Sir Francis had buried treasure on a desert island .

It turns out that there are a total of 3 parchments , which together indicate the exact position of where the treasure is hidden . Before Tintin can grab all three parchments, he must fight against two unscrupulous antique dealers, the Bird brothers, who kidnap him in the belief that he holds parchments .

The two brothers keep Tintin locked up, but he escapes in the end with help from Terry; also involuntarily from Nestor , who is the butler of the Bird brothers.

At the end, Tintin and Haddock manage to collect the three sheets of parchment , and they now have the coordinates of where they believe the treasure is hidden.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
Captain Haddock
Nestor

12. Red Rackham's Treasure


First published by Le Soir Jeunesse 1944:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

The treasure hunt of ”Secret of the Unicorn” continues , and this time Tintin and Haddock go to sea in search of pirate treasure. Onboard are also Thomson and Thompson, who are there in order to protect the treasure hunters from thge Bird brothers.

Also onboard is a little strange man with a great talent for inventions, but with a very low hearing. Professor Professor Cuthbert Calculus has invented a shark-shaped submarine which he offers Tintin and Haddock. They decline the offer, but Calculus smuggles himself and the submarine aboard - and it proves itself very useful in the hunt for the Unicorn.

The coordinates , which Tintin and Haddock discovered in ”Secret of the Unicorn” at first lead them astray - but they end up finding out the correct position which is on an island where they go ashore . The search for the treasure , however, is fruitless , and the adventurers must return home.

With help from Professor Calculus they find out that Haddock is the heir to Marlinspike Hall where the Bird brothers roamed . Complete with Nestor and all, and Haddock can take his ancestor’s legacy in possession . In the basement Tintin and Haddock finally find the treasure of Red Rackham hidden in a globe .

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
Captain Haddock
Professor Calculus
Nestor

13. The Seven Crystal Balls


First published by Le Soir Jeunesse 1948:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

With ” The Seven Crystal Balls” Hergé built up a solid horror mood up and combines suspense with humor and a portion supernatural powers. A mysterious illness breaks out among the returning members of an ethnographic expedition to South America. One by one they fall into a deep, death-like sleep that is only interrupted once daily by a strange delirium, which all the infected at the same time. Every time small pieces of glass are found close to the victims.

Professor Bergamot, who is a friend of Calculus was also on the expedition and Tintin, Snowy, Haddock and Calculus move in with Bergamot to protect him. One evening a mysterious ball lightning strikes down the chimney and Bergamot falls into deep sleep. Calculus finds a beautiful bracelet on the ground, after which he is kidnapped.

Tintin and Haddock must take up the pursuit , and the trail leads them into the harbor and to the ship Pachacamac. They meet their old friend Alcazar, who is performing as a knife-thrower in a varieté. The story continues in the sequel ”Prisoners of the Sun”

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
Captain Haddock
Professor Calculus
Nestor
Bianca Castafiore
General Alcazar

14. Prisoners of the Sun


First published in Tintin magazine 1949:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

The search for the missing professor Calculus lead Tintin and Haddock to Peru. They find out that Calculus in the eyes of the Incas has committed sacrilege by wearing the sacred necklace, which means that they have sentenced him to death.

The little Indian boy Zorrino helps them then find the way to the ”Temple of the Sun” ; the place where the Incas keep Calculus prisoner. They come through the jungle and finally find a secret entrance to the Temple of the Sun behind a waterfall.

They reunite with Calculus, but are captured by the Incas and convicted with him to die on a fire. They are saved by Tintin who from a newspaper notice is able to predict an eclipse. The Incas then believe that they are friends of the sun god and their lives are spared.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
Captain Haddock
Professor Calculus
Nestor

15. Land of Black Gold


First published in Tintin magazine 1950:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

Hergé 's work with ”Land of Black Gold” had been interrupted by the German occupation of Belgium. After the liberation Hergé could resume ”Land of Black Gold” and the album was completed in 1950.

The plot of the story is that the Germans have sabotaged the oil supply of their enemies to paralyze them militarily. This along with the fact that the main villain was Tintin's old enemy German Dr. Muller, meant that the story could not be accepted in a Nazi-controlled Belgium.

Originally Captain Haddock did not appear in the story, but the great popularity of Haddock made Hergé write him into it and he pops up out of nowhere at the end and saves Tintin.

Young Abdullah plays a central role in the story. He is the son of the Emir Ben Kalish Ezab and abducted in the story by the villain Müller. Abdullah, who turns out to be a bit of a spoiled brat and he is giving Müller great problems. Thompson and Thomson also play big roles in the comedy side of this great story.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
Captain Haddock
Nestor
Bianca Castafiore
Abdullah
Dr. Müller
Oliveira de Figuera

16. Destination Moon


First published in Tintin magazine 1952:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

Hergé let his scientist Professor Calculus be the driving force behind a moon journey in which Tintin and his friends were astronauts.

The starting point for the journey is Syldavia - the fictional South-eastern European country which Tintin had visited in an earlier story. Calculus is hired by the Syldavian government to construct a vessel that can fly people to the moon.

The space project is complicated by the fact that a spy for a foreign power is involved with the research team, but despite attempts on sabotage they manage to get the rocket off to the moon. The rocket lands up there, and Tintin becomes first man who tread the moon.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
Captain Haddock
Nestor
Professor Calculus
Wolff
Baxter

17. Explorers on the Moon


First published in Tintin magazine 1953:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

Onboard the rocket Tintin and his friends have a blind passenger; an old acquaintance of Tintin’s; the treacherous Colonel Boris, now known as Jorgen. He has threatened Calculus’ assistant Wolff to help him hijack the rocket. Tintin gets Wolff and Jorgen overpowered and all his friends can leave the moon safely.

The return trip home is a race against time - the oxygen is close to running out. Wolff, who has been feeling guilty , kills Jorgen with a deadly shot and commits suicide by leaving the rocket.

Unlike many of the contemporary science fiction stories Tintin's moon adventures ws based solely on scientific facts and observations; ravings about aliens and extraterrestrial life were discarded.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
Captain Haddock
Professor Calculus
Wolff
Baxter

18. The Calculus Affair


First published in Tintin magazine 1956:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

In ”The Calculus Affair” we see allusions to the Cold War and the arms race . Fictive Borduria which had been a nationalist state has now become a corrupt communist state, fighting against neighboring Syldavia on the other side of an Iron Curtain.

The science of Calculus once again is a turning point in the story . He has invented an ultrasonic weapon that agents from both Borduria and Syldavia are trying to get their hands on. Calculus is kidnapped again , and Tintin and Haddock must follow the trail to Borduria.

New characters are introduced in this story, the gregarious and simple Jolyon Wagg and Colonel Sponsz, the chief of the ZEP, Borduria's secret police. Bianca Castafiore appears in Borduria while Tintin and Haddock are there. The magnificent opera diva who always excels with her aria from Faust.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
Captain Haddock
Professor Calculus
Bianca Castafiore
Jolyon Wagg
Allan Thompson
Nestor

19. The Red Sea Sharks


First published in Tintin magazine 1958:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

In ” The Red Sea Sharks” Hergé brings a considerable collection of past characters back together. Here we find not only the main characters but also old acquaintances such as Rastapopolous , Allan Thompson, General Alcazar and Dawson, Abdullah, Ben Kalish Ezab, Oliveira de Figueira and others.

Ben Kalish Ezab is the emir of the country Khemed , and when he is exposed to coup Tintin and Haddock go to Khemed to help him. Haddock mainly to get away from Abdallah, who has been installed in safety at Marlinspike.

Tintin once again meets Dawson, who in this story sells fighter jets to Sheik Bab el Ehr, who is the enemy of Ben Kalish Ezab. It turns out once again that super villain Rastapopolous is behind much of the bad things going on. Rastapopolous escapes in the end and it is not the last time Tintin encounters him.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thomson
Thompson
Captain Haddock
Professor Calculus
Bianca Castafiore
Jolyon Wagg
Allan Thompson
Nestor
Piotr Skut
Rastapopolous
General Alkazar
Dawson
Abdullah
Ben Kalish Ezab
Oliveira de Figueira

20. Tintin in Tibet


First published in Tintin magazine 1960:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

”Tintin in Tibet” is in many ways a different Tintin album. It is a story is a story without villains . Hergé felt than it was his most personal and complete album.

Tintin wants to find his friend Tchang , whom he had met in Shanghai in ”The Blue Lotus”. Tintin nightmarish sights of Tchang buried in snow and when he later gets learns that Tchang in fact was onboard the machine that crashed in the Himalayas, he sets off to rescue him .

Hergé depicts Tibetan culture aesthetically and spiritually. The is no direct criticism of occupying power China, but you are never in doubt where Hergé’s sympathy lies

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Tchang
Captain Haddock
Professor Calculus

21. The Castafiore Emerald


First published in Tintin magazine 1963:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

Tintin was repeatedly encountered the wonderful ”Milanese Nightingale”, Bianca Castafiore, not wasting a chance to sing ”The Jewel Aria” from Faust. Until this story, however, she only played more peripheral roles. Now she gets a central role : She invites for herself and her entourage, composer Igor Wagner and her maid Irma, to stay at Marlinspike for a time.

Captain Haddock prefers to avoid the ”nightingale”, and not least her singing, and he plans to flee to Italy. But unfortunately he falls and breaks his ankle and is thus left to the comprehensive care of the diva. She also brings a parrot that Haddock quickly develops a very strained relationship with.

Two journalists from the tabloid press hope to reveal an amorous connection between Haddock and the diva and soon Marlinspike is besieged by the press.

In the midst of it all Castafiore's jewels disappear, and suspicion is cast on a group of gypsies who have settled near Marlinspike. It turns out, however, that they are innocent, and in the end the real thief is revealed by Tintin.

The story is remarkable in that Tintin does not travel anywhere at all. Instead, there is plenty of room for gags, humor and quirky performances.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Thompson
Thomson
Captain Haddock
Professor Calculus
Bianca Castafiore
Jolyon Wagg
Nestor
Igor Wagner
Irma

22. Flight 714


First published in Tintin magazine 1968:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

In ”Flight 714” Tintin , Snowy, Haddock and Professor Calculus are again on the move. They are heading to Sydney when they at the airport meet billionaire Laszlo Carreidas whom Haddock mistakes for a poor beggar and thus gives him a banknote .

Carreidas invites Tintin and his entourage to fly with him on his personal jet. However, when the plane never makes it to Sidney, as it is hijacked by some of the crew and is landed on a Pacific island. The hijackers turn out to be working with with Tintin's old enemy Rastapopolous, who along with another old favorite Allan, has decided to wrest Carreidas ' billions from him by enticing from the number of his Swiss bank account.

Rastapopolous has teamed up with the sadistic doctor Krollspell who evokes memories of the Nazi doctors of World War two. Armed with truth serum he starts to interrogate Carreidas . Tintin, Carreidas and the others manage to escape and hide in an underground cave. Persecuted by Rastapopolous' gang they follow the corridor and approach the volcano in the heart of the island. Along the way they meet a mysterious man , Mik Kanrokitoff, a writer for the magazine Space Week. He claims to be from another planet , which Haddock , of course, dismisses as nonsense .

Explosions , which Rastapopolous' men have used to enter the cave, have boosted the volcanic activity on the island - and it's all about to explode. Ezdanitoff hypnotizes Tintin, Haddock, Carreidas and the others - and summons a flying saucer , which comes to save them before things go wrong. They are flown away, but the UFO puts them in a rubber dinghy and replaces them with Rastapopolous and his companions. Later noone remembers what has happened - except Terry.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Rastapopulos
Ben Kalish
Captain Haddock
Professor Calculus
Jolyon Wagg
Allan Thompson
Piotr Skut

23. Lake of the Sharks


An animated film based on The Adventures of Tintin, directed by Raymond Leblanc. It was later adapted into a comic book using still images from the film:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Michel Regnier and Raymond Leblanc

Short summary:

A wave of museum thefts rampant worldwide. Priceless works of art are stolen and replaced with almost perfect fakes. At the same time Tintin and his friends are in Syldavia to attend Professor Calculus’ latest experiment - and, above all, to enjoy a peaceful holiday. But forget it! For Syldavia is also the whereabouts of Tintin's worst enemy ,Rastapopoulos, who is the mastermind behind the thefts, and he's not going to let anyone get in the way of his plans.

Professor Calculus has invented a kind of photocopier which is capable of reproducing any object. Unfortunately, Rastapopoulos, who has taken the pseudonym "Big Shark" tries to grab the camera to reproduce fraudulently stolen art in museums and stored in his lair beneath the waters of Lake Fléchizaff. With the help of Niko and Nouchka two young Syldavians Tintin manages to foil his plans.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Rastapopulos
Thomson
Thompson
Captain Haddock
Professor Calculus
Bianca Castafiore
Igor Wagner

24. Tintin and the Picaros


First published in Tintin magazine 1976:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

In ”Tintin and the Picaros ” we meet a Tintin who now no longer is very keen of getting out and travel . He is more concerned about resting and enjoying life at Marlinspike. In fact, he initially stays at home when Haddock and Calculus travel to San Theodoros in America to free Castafiore , Thomson and Thompson. They have been captured by the dictator Tapioca , who has accused them of spying . This is in fact a trap initiated by Colonel Sponsz. Sponsz is seeking revenge on Tintin after ”The Calculus Affair”. Fortunately Tintin regrets and leaves for Theodoros to meet with Haddock and professor - they flee into the jungle and join Tintin's old friend Alcazar and his group of picaros .

They also meet Jolyon Wagg, who is on tour the "Jolly Follies", traveling to the carnival. Alcazar and his picaros grab the carnival costumes from Wagg , and thus disguised , they can launch an attack on Tapiocas palace. Together they overthrow Tapioca and Castafiore , Irma, Igor Wagner and the Thompsons are saved from execution.

Things have changed in this story; Tintin seems uninspired. Alcazar is under the heel of his wife . Haddock can no longer drink alcohol because Calculus’ pills. And the Thompsons, who usually put criminals in handcuffs are arrested themselves. Perhaps Hergé himself had grown tired; he did however begin working on yet another story.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Captain Haddock
Professor Calculus
Jolyon Wagg
Thomson
Thompson
General Alcazar
Nestor

25. Tintin and Alph-Art


First published by Casterman 1986:

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition
Drawn and told by: Hergé

Short summary:

Tintin's last adventure takes him to the world of art . Modern art was Hergé 's great passion, so it was a logical thing for him to create a story in this environment. ”Tintin and Alph-Art” with its 42 planned pages manages to demonstrate a Hergé going strong . The rather complicated story has a host of minor characters , both new and old acquaintances show up and Tintin has several dangerous experiences . Tintin is facing both a renowned avant-garde artist, Ramon Nash, and reveals a mysterious cult leader, Edaddine Akass.

There has been speculation that Edaddine Akass is in fact, Tintin's worst enemy Rastapopolous who has returned in a new guise . Tintin says at one point that he has heard his voice before; he just can’t remember where . Unfirtunately we 'll never know what Hergé had imagined. The story was never finished, 3 March 1983 Hergé died with this story still unfinished.

Main characters in this album:

Tintin
Snowy
Captain Haddock
Professor Calculus
Jolyon Wagg
Thomson
Thompson
Nestor

Valhalla 2 - 2nd Edition

LINKS:

Official Tintin

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