Cigars of the Pharaoh (Tintin, #4)by Published 01 Jan 1970
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Tientalle Egiptoloe het al probeer om die grafkelder van Farao Kih-Oskh te vind en elkeen het in die proses verdwyn. Kuifie en Spokie ontmoet die misterieuse en eksentrieke Egiptoloog, Doktor Sarkofaag en gou beland hulle self in die soektog. Dit word duidelik dat die grafkelder veel meer as sand en mummies bevat. Hulle volg An leidraad - An simbool op An sigaarbandjie - en Kuifie en Spokie bots met An bende smokkelaars. Die avontuur neem hulle van Arabie na Indie en Kuifie moet alles uithaal om nie in die smokkelaars se web te beland nie.
"Cigars of the Pharaoh (Tintin, #4)" Reviews
Les Cigares du pharaon = Cigars of the pharaoh (Tintin #4), Hergé
Cigars of the Pharaoh, is the fourth volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. The story tells of young Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy, who are travelling in Egypt when they discover a pharaoh's tomb filled with dead Egyptologists and boxes of cigars. Pursuing the mystery of these cigars, they travel across Arabia and India, and reveal the secrets of an international drug smuggling enterprise.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1976 میلادی
عنوان: سیگارهای فرعون؛ نویسنده و تصویرگر: هرژه؛ مترجم: اسمردیس؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، انتشارات ونوس، 1354، در 62 ص، مصور رنگی، ماجراهای تن تن خبرنگار جوان، موضوع: داستانهای فکاهی مصور بلژیک - سده 20 م
عنوان: سیگارهای فرعون؛ نویسنده و تصویرگر: هرژه؛ مترجمان: رایحه اندیشه؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، رایحه اندیشه، 1380، در 64 ص، مصور رنگی، ماجراهای تن تن خبرنگار جوان، شابک: 9649380051؛
چهارمین کتاب از مجموعهٔ کتابهای مصور ماجراهای تن تن و میلو است. این کتاب نخستین بار در سال 1934 میلادیT توسط هرژه نوشته، طراحی و به چاپ رسید. ا. شربیانی
You know you want to. It's Tintin. The guy every kid wants to be. The guy you grow up to be. I even had the same dog.
The guy in my corner shop was the absent minded professor and my dad's mate was Captain Haddock.
The artwork is awesome and the stories are intriguing and full of mystery.
I confess I've read the whole series and loved every minute of them. This was a time before social media when a kid could let his imagination run away with him.
And if you love the book there are also cartoon versions of them.
Nothing more to say other than simply BRILLIANT.
The first of Tintin's full length adventures
4 February 2012
This is the story where Tintin comes on his own. While it was still written in a serialised form when it first appeared back in 1934, this story has a proper story arc where Tintin stumbles on a sophisticated drug smuggling ring that stretches across the entire Eurasian continent. It is here that Tintin's companions begin to be developed (namely the Thompson twins) and we also begin to see Tintin going on real adventures and chasing after a singular bad guy. Where Tintin in America seemed to be a hodge podge of different stories thrown together, here we begin to see a well constructed adventure.
Tintin is on a Mediterranean cruise (much to Snowy's annoyance - and here we begin to see the character of Snowy, the loyal and faithful companion, developed as well) when he runs into the first of Herge's many absent minded professors, Dr Sophocles Sarcophagus. He is travelling to Egypt to uncover a lost tomb. Tintin also meets one of the recurring villains of the piece, the film mogul Rastapopolous. Herge developed this character very well in this book because we do not, at this stage, realise that he is the bad guy, and in fact when the master of the drug ring falls off a cliff at the end, we are left wondering who it was and whether we will ever find out.
While this story can be read on its own, it does carry over to the Blue Lotus, however I never got to read the Blue Lotus until a long time afterwards. As for this story, it is by far my favourite of the Tintin adventures. Some have suggested that Herge had not got the culture element right here, but we will note that after the Blue Lotus, Herge begins to create his own countries where the adventures are placed, and maybe it is a move away from raising clearly raising his concerns to being much more subtle in his criticism.
Yet we do have criticism within this story (as we do with the next one as well). It is not until Tintin reaches India that we are confronted with the destruction that a lot of these drug smuggler's are causing. While as a kid we read this book and considered that drugs smuggling was bad because Tintin is out to get them, it is when he meets the Raj of Gaipajama that the major concern is raised. The Raj is out to stop the smugglers because of the suffering they cause his people (and Herge is obviously trying to raise awareness of the practice, which still occurs today), namely that the smugglers force the peasants to grow opium poppies and purchase the poppies off of them at a significant discount. However, because the peasants are growing poppies they are unable to grow their own food, and as such are forced to purchase food off of the smuggler's at a significant premium.
The comedy is ramped up a lot here as well. Tintin in America was simply silly in a lot of cases, but now we have the Thompson twins, two Interpol Agents (I believe, though the English versions suggest that they are Scotland Yard) who bumble their way through the investigation, and but end up being the assistance that Tintin needs to crack the case. The most amusing part was where they think they see Tintin sitting behind a dune and whack him on the head with a cane only to discover it is a sheik. In the next panel, Tintin arrives at a city that is being mobilised for war because one of their sheiks was attacked. Then there are the three huge Indians let into Tintin's cell, to teach him a lesson, and then we hear the sounds of fighting, and an ambulance rushing off to pick up the wounded, only to discover that it was the three Indian dudes – golden.
Written in 1936 , The Blue Lotus is the sequel to the colourful Cigars of the Pharaoh. In the Cigars of the Pharaoh , Tintin has almost succeeded in smashing an international gang of drug traffickers , managing to capture all of them except the leader who mysteriously crashes over a ravine.
His further investigations lead him to China , then under threat from Japanese agression.
Tintin comes up against a madman infected with a dart that sends the recipient insane , enraged British colonists out for revenge after having been humiliated by Tintin and the Japanese army , with the chief villain of the piece being Japanese businessman Mitsuhirato.
This album drew protest form the Japanese government of the time , and was praised by Chiang Kai Shek , President of the Republic of China.
However, it was banned by China's Communist regime until 1984 , due to some of their own insane Maoist reasoning-and even then was still chopped up and heavily edited.
Other albums having been banned by the Communist dictatorship in China where Tintin in tibet (for recognizing tibetan culture) , Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (for exposing Communism)and Tintin in the Congo ('Colonialist').
Well. This is course not the first time I read Tintin. But when I was looking at the obscure school of experimental comic book artists called "Oubapo" recently, Tintin appeared again on my radar screen and I decided to re-read this early story, published first in the early 30s.
And I ended up disappointed! And surprised that I was disappointed. Because I think Tintin is one of the best BD ("bandes dessinnees") ever written. Usually, the plot is well sequenced and the characters well "drawn", both metaphorically as protagonists with idiosyncratic traits, and literally as cartoon figures with sharp poignancy of expression.
Usually, but not here. This episode appears to have been written for a much younger readership than many of the other stories. Humour is never subtle, but remains slapstick at all times. Dupont and Dupond, the two inept Pinkerton-style police detectives, excel at falling over, tripping up, and running into things. Philemon Siclone, an early, but less charming, version of Professeur Tournesol (professor Calculus in the English translations) displays a character trait that is indistinguishable from cognitive impairment. So yes, it is mildly amusing when he mistakes a funnel on a ship to be the captain of the vessel, but where a six-year old may squeal with delight, an adult reader would pause and ask "what was the point of that, exactly?"
Plot-sequencing, also, is pretty poor. Over wide parts of the story, events that happen have absolutely no bearing on the plot, and are actually completely redundant. Like, for example, the sequence on pages 15 to 18. The sequence starts after Tintin was rescued from distress at sea. Back on land, he is ambushed and briefly held custody by a sheikh in the region. This sheikh, in an oddly self-referencing joke, sets him free when he discovers that Tintin is the hero of his favourite comic books. Back on his way, Tintin stubles onto the scene of a film set, and after having tea with the producer, continues on his journey. At the start of page 18, he gets back to the ship which rescued him, and from which he started out on page 15, to make a discovery that advances the plot. So, basically, we just spent three pages reading about events that are pure filler, and after that are literally back where we started!
And these weaknesses, I am afraid to say, define this story, and do not remain the exception. All in all, a weak episode, at least judged by the mastery Herge was still to develop.