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Sunday, April 20, 2008


Tintin is framed, arrested by British police, and then rescued. Meanwhile an Irgun leader is mistakenly told that Goldstein has been captured. An agent of Babh El Ehr learns learn of Tintin's capture

On the left is the original page 15 of Tintin au Pays de l'Or Noir, written & illustrated in Belgium by Hergé (Georges Prosper Remi), serialized in Le Petit Vingtième (September 28, 1939 - May 8, 1940 / September 16, 1948 - February 23, 1950) and then published as a an album by Casterman in 1950 - just 2 years after the UN partition vote.

The delay between May 1940 and Sept. 1948 was due to the Nazi occupation of Belgium. Hergé and his editors thought it wouldn't be prudent to continue a story which involved a German villain while the Nazis controlled the Belgian press.

On the right is the version redrawn in 1972 for the Methuen (British) translated edition. Methuen decided that references to British mandate Palestine were far out of date and a fictional Arab country was used for the setting instead.

To see larger versions of the scans, click on the images.

Below are both versions of page 16.

the true Goldstein meets the Irgun leader, while Tintin is freed by Irgun agents, who are stopped by Arabsagents of Babh El Ehr free Tintin and kidnap him

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