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The Yellow "M" (Blake et Mortimer #6)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  607 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
London's walls resound with the incredible exploits of the 'Yellow Mark'. The spectacular actions of this mysterious criminal are on the increase: holding up the Bank of England, robbing the imperial crown. No one seems able to stop him. He is so audacious that he lets the police know in advance where he will commit his crimes.
Paperback, 70 pages
Published August 15th 2007 by Cinebook Limited (first published 1956)
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Pramod Nair
May 26, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it liked it
The Yellow “M” is the sixth book in Blake and Mortimer series from Edgar P. Jacobs and is a classic mystery-adventure and action graphic novel with ‘Captain Francis Blake’, the dashing head of MI5 and his friend ‘Professor Philip Mortimer’, a nuclear physicist as the lead protagonists.

Jacobs drawings are clean and stylish and the cartoon panels have a strong visual resemblance to ‘Tintin’. This is easily explained by the fact that Jacobs has collaborated with the master Hergé himself, in the rec
Sep 06, 2015 Nicolas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Malgré son âge certain, cette histoire garde tout son charme et son dynamisme.
Erin Britton
May 21, 2017 Erin Britton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Blake and Mortimer graphic novels are finally being published again in English! A mysterious crime wave is sweeping London and nothing, from the Bank of England to the Crown Jewels, is safe. The identity of the criminal is unknown but Londoners are beginning to fear the symbol that is left at each crime scene, the Yellow "M". Even the famous detectives of Scotland Yard seem unable to stop the crimes and so the Home Office turns to Captain Francis Blake to solve the mystery and identify the m ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Helmut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Stark illustrierte Kurzgeschichte

Ein raffinierter Dieb macht London unsicher - immer unglaublicher werden seine Unternehmungen. Als Markenzeichen hinterlässt er immer ein gelbes Zeichen. Blake und Mortimer sollen Aufklärung leisten, ehe der immer selbstsicherer agierende geheimnisvolle Bösewicht zu schlimmeren Verbrechen als Diebstahl übergeht. Doch der geheimnisvolle Verbrecher ist ihnen immer einen Schritt voraus, und die Verwirrung zieht immer größere Kreise...

Ich gebe zu, ich habe bereits na
Edgar P. Jacobs was a contemporary and colleague of his fellow countryman, Hergé, assisting the latter with some of his Tintin stories. Comparison is therefore inevitable, and it is to Jacobs' credit.

Jacobs' artwork has the same clean lines as Hergé's, but his figures are drawn more realistically, without the elements of caricature found in the adventures of Tintin. Having only read The Yellow 'M' at the time of writing this review, I found the narrative style somewhat denser; there is none of t
Mar 12, 2012 Miles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A good, fun adventure story written and drawn by Edgar P. Jacobs, an understudy to fellow Belgian Herge (creator of Tin Tin). Like Herge, Jacobs draws in a very clean and elegant style. The Yellow M involves an evil villain who is terrorizing London, announcing his crimes before they are committed, and leaving the mark of a Yellow M wherever he goes. Scotland Yard is mystified, and the tag team of Captain Francis Blake and Professor Philip Mortimer are called in to help out with the investigatio ...more
Stephen Arnott
Apr 25, 2015 Stephen Arnott rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
The artwork is magnificent and if you didn't know better you'd swear it was drawn by Herge (of Tintin fame). However, I found the story a little too dated to enjoy that much and the 'antique' feel is not helped by the author's cliched view of life in England (it was written in the 1950s but could easily have been set 20 years earlier).

The plot, while interesting, plods along predictably. It might have been a lucky guess, but I spotted who the villain was on his first appearance. Unlike the Herge
"El desarrollo del argumento recoge varias de las características más recurrentes de los medios de entretenimiento del momento, con sus referencias cinematográficas (la M que nos recuerda la cara psicótica de Peter Lorre en M, El vampiro de Düsseldorf [M, Frizt Lang, 1931]) y literarias (la más evidente, la novela El cerebro de Donovan, del escritor y guionista Curt Sidomak) y una mezcla de intriga detectivesca, dosis de misterio y una fuerte carga
Feb 20, 2012 Catherine rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I really, really wanted to love this book. It's written by an understudy to Tintin's Herge, it's a mystery/adventure story, and the art is beautiful. BUT.

The type runs out of space in the word balloons, which were created for the original french text, and the word balloons often take up a distracting amount of space.

The story is odd. There are some interesting developments to the plot, but the science is ludicrous. I'm not sure why I can't forgive it. Plus I don't find any of the characters ch
Ondra Král
Na komiksu se bohužel podepsal zub času, kdy francouzská "klasika" padesátých let bohužel není tak nadčasová jako Tintin nebo Asterix. Příběh se točí kolem záhadného nepolapitelného zloděje jménem "Yellow M", který se od série loupeží přesunul k únosům členům jednoho klubu. Po stopě mu vyráží Blake & Mortimer - jeden je profesor, druhej velitel tajné služby či co. A tady je hlavní problém - hrdinové jsou nijací a strašně pasivní. Děj plyne nezávisle na nich, nemají žádný charakter a nedali m ...more
Jul 16, 2012 Drew rated it it was amazing
For the first few pages, I was worried that this would be little more than a detective story, and a bit of a let-down from the usual Blake and Mortimer adventure.

I was wrong. Instead, the story contains some rather surprising (and surprisingly violent) turns of events, breathless chases across a fog-bound London, a good dose of the paranormal (sort of), and clever (and not contrived) tie-ins to the previous adventure in Egypt.

Just an all-around fun read. If you only ever read one Blake and Mor
Apr 12, 2014 Jonathan rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
What ho chaps? A rather dashing tale of skulduggery with Blake and Mortimer investigating the dastardly Yellow 'M' who is terrorizing post-war 1940's London, kidnapping people all over the place and even stealing the crown jewels! Well we can't put up with that, and luckily neither can our heroes, but they have a jolly hard time sorting things out. All's put right in the end though, so we can rest safe in our beds.

(Published recently as number 1 in series, but is out of sequence, as it contains
Sep 13, 2010 karenbee rated it really liked it
I figured out whodunnit about a third of the way into The Yellow "M" but still enjoyed the story, which is one of the marks of a good mystery for me. I loved the artwork and the feel of this comic.

I can't help thinking of Blake and Mortimer as a sophisticated Scooby Gang, which is a comparison that doesn't really make sense. It's not a negative, though -- I'd definitely read more of their adventures.
Feb 04, 2012 Jaydeep rated it really liked it
Absolutely brilliant stuff. There's good reason this ranks #1 in the adventure category on Gene Kannenberg's list of 500 essential graphic novels. This is very nearly as good (if not better in parts) than The Seven Crystal Balls, and that is quite some benchmark t0 match up to. Read it if you can, this book is a veritable classic.
Jul 13, 2012 Esdaile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
bien fait mais quelqu'un aurait du faire remarque a le créateur comment étaiient les policiers anglais qui dans cette série sont simplement des cops americains! Et je n'ais jamais de ma vie entendu un anglais qui s'ecrit simplement "damned!" A part de ca le sadisme c'est un peu trop leger pour mon gout mais touis et comme même bien reussi.
Feb 08, 2016 Akar rated it really liked it
Accidentally read this first instead of the First Volume. Nevertheless, it's a great story. It would seem outdated at first glance but its fine if you like comic books but then too it is not for everyone. The story reminded me of the adventures of Johnny Quest. Its a little fantastical but it works.
Feb 10, 2016 Nickname rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preferiti, fumetti
5 stelle meritatissime e posto d'onore nello scaffale dei preferiti. Senza dubbio il miglior fumetto mai letto, un thriller che tiene sempre sulle spine in una Londra tanto affascinante quanto misteriosa. Il monito finale del Capitano Blake poi è la ciliegina sulla torta. Unica pecca averlo letto ora e non sotto Natale quando è ambientata la storia, pazienza.
Jul 22, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book in the series, as a good flow and mix of action and plot development. For a 50's comic book... And without the need for a world covering plots and trips. All the action takes place in London.

But yo get the feeling that the real hero (in physical prowess and IQ levels) is Mortimer. Blake doesn't get has much drawing space as Mortimer, and the character itself, is not very bright.

Sep 13, 2012 Amin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-manga, fiction
نشان زرد . اولین کتابی بود که از این مجموعه خوندم . خوب بود.
کمیک های بلیک و مورتیمر بهترین کمیک هایی هست که تا حالا خوندم .
همیشه حسرت میخورم که چرا همه مجموعه اش ترجمه نشد .
حسرتم وقتی بیشتر میشه که گشتم و دیدم حتی نسخه انگلیسیش هم توی نت نیست:( همش فرانسوی و اسپانیولی بودن :(
Jun 07, 2014 Pascal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd-aventures
Après avoir lu le Mystère de la Pyramide, j'étais resté un peu dubitatif sur la qualité de Blake et Mortimer, mais après avoir lu 'La Marque Jaune' j'ai changé d'avis. Cet épisode est très prenant, un suspens jusqu'à la fin, et surtout une histoire très bien écrite. A lire et relire.
Great comic classic. Couldn't resist getting it in English.
Nov 24, 2016 Ritinha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Das cachimbadas dentro de portas à ciência tremenda com que se auto-fundamenta a linha narrativa: um clássico =)
José Madeira
Aug 01, 2015 José Madeira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O clássico da BD francófona que é mandatório!
Srinath Sridhar
a poor story for supposedly one of the classics of Belgian comics
Aug 24, 2015 Lilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd, comics
Lu toute la collection mais s'il ne faut en lire qu'un ou 2 albums de B&M, il faut opter pour la Marque jaune et l'Affaire du collier.
Charlie Potter
Sep 12, 2009 Charlie Potter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
really great. wonderful art, clever story-telling. for those who love tintin will probably love this.
Robert Duyn
I Now have the whole collection of the first 13 of his books in a box
Jan 28, 2016 Devero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una pura avventura spionistico fantascientifica, decisamente molto leggibile e accattivante.
Basem Adi
Feb 09, 2013 Basem Adi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laboured and very 'texty', as E.P. Jacobs tells you the story. Nevertheless, the story keeps you engrossed and the art is excellent.
Mar 07, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Great style. It's easy to see Herge's influence here. Nice, if a bit silly and predictable, adventure story. Good for readers of all ages. Highly recommended for fans of Tintin.
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(aka E.P. Jacobs)

Edgar Pierre Jacobs naît le 30 mars 1904 à Bruxelles. Il se passionne très tôt pour le dessin et la musique. Après avoir exercé quelques petits métiers, il travaille dans la publicité. Parallèlement, à partir de 1921, il devient figurant au Théâtre Royal de la monnaie à Bruxelles. Le 25 août 1922, le futur chanteur d'opéra signe son premier contrat d'artiste aux cotés de Mistingue
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