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The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 1: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets / Tintin in the Congo (Tintin #1, 2 )

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Featuring the enduring adventures of Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy, this collection includes some of Herge's best-known stories."
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Egmont Books (UK) (first published January 1st 2006)
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David Cain
Feb 18, 2012 David Cain rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
This volume contains Herge's first two Tintin stories. It is a must-have volume for collectors. Be forewarned though: these are far and away the worst two adventures of the lot, and they are really not very good. Tintin in the Land of the Soviets includes some ridiculous stereotypes of Russia and its communist government, there is not much of a plot to speak of, and Tintin ludicrously escapes death in numerous unlikely ways. Tintin in the Congo has a (slightly) more developed plot, but it is eve ...more
Laura
Feb 29, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Tintin in the land of the Soviets is a bit pointless, to be honest. There isn't a plot line really, just Tintin escaping from his enemies countless times. I did buy this book for my five year old nephew though, so let's keep things in perspective. It's definitely a children's book: there is harmless violence (explosions where people come off looking merely scorched, lots of punches, that sort of stuff) and some tough guy talk and a bit of old fashioned racism.
Tintin in the Congo was more of the
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Dan
Aug 02, 2011 Dan rated it it was amazing
The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead ...more
Andy
Mar 13, 2013 Andy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans and the curious
Shelves: comics
Tintin bypassed me in my comic reading youth. I started with the Beano and moved on to Asterix before progressing to the men in tights crowd. Tintin was an unknown. Still, it's always felt like a hole in my comic reading heritage and I enjoyed Spielberg's film so decided to start reading them

I knew in advance I would be stepping in at the weak (and controversial) end of the series but I like progression and continuity too much to read them out of order.

Crude is a pretty apt description of Land o
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Blair Conrad
Jun 02, 2010 Blair Conrad rated it it was ok
Disappointing. I realize the source material is about 80 years old, and possibly suffers in the translation from the original Belgish, but that's not enough to make me forgive the book. Tintin roams about, generally getting into mischief, surviving highly improbable situations and escaping via even more improbable means. Repeat 8 times or so, and you have the first part of the book - The Adventures of Tintin in the Land of the Soviets. The second part, Tintin in the Congo, was shorter. There was ...more
Iain Turnbull
Jan 17, 2010 Iain Turnbull rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, comic-book
This book contains the first two Tintin books, "The Land of the Soviets" and "The Congo". They are very interesting as historical works - you can see Herge developing his style - but the subject matter is appalling by modern standards. The depictions of the Russians and the Congolese are ridiculously stereotyped, offensive and old-fashioned, but they are arguably completely representative of the time they were written in.
Zioluc
Oct 19, 2016 Zioluc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fumetto
Le prime avventure di Tintin.

"Tintin nel paese dei Soviet" è una storia sconclusionata intrisa di propaganda piuttosto becera. I disegni sono abbozzati ma non privi di un certo fascino, in ogni caso una lettura per completisti, ben lontana per spirito e raffinatezza da quelle "canoniche".

"Tintin in Congo" è molto meno razzista di come viene dipinta (chi scrive queste cose non ha mai letto nulla precedente al 1980 probabilmente), ma di nuovo si tratta di una storia dalle gag facili e dalla trama
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Niccolò Cocozza
Nov 21, 2016 Niccolò Cocozza rated it really liked it
più per il ricordo
Joseph R.
Jul 22, 2013 Joseph R. rated it liked it
As you might guess from the title, The Adventures of Tintin Volume 1 includes the very first adventures of the young reporter as they appeared in Le XXe Siecle, a Catholic Belgian magazine published in the 1920s and 1930s.

The first adventure has Tintin going to the Soviet Union to report on conditions there. Several agents try to stop him, providing some action and jokes. When he makes it to the USSR, he discovers a lot of duplicity and abuse by the government. Soviet officials show off a factor
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Varmint
Nov 03, 2012 Varmint rated it it was ok
late in life to be discovering tin tin. got the series, and they are wonderful. mostly.

"in the land of the soviets" is the weakest.these were originally done as a weekly serial in a newspaper, and the story structure reflects that. not much plot, and a cliffhanger every other page or so. but the art is incredibly well developed. simpler, obviously the work of a much younger man. but still great.

of course these were written around 1930. the beginning of the communist terror that would eventually
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Chloë
May 19, 2013 Chloë rated it did not like it
Even if you get past the disgusting portrayal of African people in Au Congo, the storyline of Hergé's first works is shockingly bad. Which makes me further question the sense of people who defend the availability of Au Congo as a children's book.

That said, if you are an adult reader with some appreciation of the history and impact of European colonialism, alongside an interest in the history of modern comics, this is an essential read. Hergé grows profoundly as an author and artist, which can b
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Dave Riley
Jun 12, 2012 Dave Riley rated it it was ok
Beautifully drawn but the pro imperialist/pro catholic church/anti communist politics...!? Herge is a right wing Charlie Chaplin. Great routines /set pieces hold your interest. These are the first two comic collections. And Herge got better with each development so that playing the xenophobic anti communist Belgian is tolerable for the sake of wallowing oneself in the charm and skill of the story telling...and the beautiful lines -- ligne claire drawing style. Love Tin Tin for the drawing and co ...more
Haaike
Apr 14, 2016 Haaike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Amai amai, een maand doen over een strip... Arme Kuifje, want het ligt helemaal niet aan hem!
De inleiding op de reeks vond ik de moeite, Kuifje in de Sovjets was een leuke zwart-wit ontdekking en Kuifje in Afrika gezellig nostalgisch (want samen met Kuifje in Amerika de enige die ik als kind kende). En er kan over gediscussieerd worden, maar ik vind het vooral interessant om te zien hoe bepaalde visies - kapitalisten vs. communisten, blanke vs. zwarten, jacht op wilde dieren - tussen het verschi
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The Ugly Duckling
The thing that I like about the series is that they are really quick reads. Like if i start a book now I'll finish it in an hour. The first book Tintin in the land of the soviets was okay. I did not enjoy the book much, though the art work was amazing.
The second book Tintin in Congo was really a leap forward. It was so much better than the first book and much more hilarious and funny. Though I did not like the idea of killing off a whole lot of animals as a way to give the readers fun. The art
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Steven
Feb 22, 2013 Steven rated it it was ok
Harsh ratings, but, frankly, deserved, as these are pretty poor outings -- and, indeed, it would seem that the author and others agreed, as they practically vanished from sight for several decades. From a historical and developmental perspective, these two stories are of interest, but you'll be forcefully reminded of the changes in attitudes since these were first published. With these, and "Tintin In America" Herge was figuring out what he was doing...and then he got very, very good, and much ...more
Nickname
Sep 20, 2011 Nickname rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fumetti, tintin
La prima storia in bianco e nero, è stata molto prolissa e aveva come scopo gettare ogni infamia possibile sull'URSS quindi nemmeno la valuto.

Nella seconda bei colori e bei disegni ma mi ha colpito soprattutto lo spirito ecologista di Tintin che uccide a fucilate gazzelle, elefante, 4 coccodrilli, una scimmia, tenta di avvelenare un leopardo e fa saltar per aria un rinoceronte con la dinamite. Con buona pace degli animalisti...
Marte Patel
Jun 25, 2010 Marte Patel rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, childrens, africa
After visiting the Comic Book Museum in Brussels I was inspired to buy and read the first two Tintin stories. They were ok, but not nearly as funny or interesting as Asterix, my favourite comic books. I'd never read a Tintin story before, but I might not read anymore - unless someone tells me the latter ones are better than these two earliest ones.
Badlydone
Feb 01, 2015 Badlydone rated it liked it
Shelves: tintin
These two books are among the earlier works of Herge and have to be taken in context. Yes, they do reflect a colonial viewpoint (as Herge himself admitted) and the story lines are not very well developed. However, they allowed me to see how much progress Herge made with the stories, the art, and the attitude in his later works. When taken in context, they are a good read!
Tim
Dec 01, 2012 Tim rated it it was ok
The story and art is weak in the first book, and the racist aspects in the second book are just distracting and uncomfortable in this day and age. I understand that we need to understand the times in which it was written, but that doesn't make it any more enjoyable, unfortunately. I'd pass on these unless you are a collector or Tintin completist. There are much better Tintin stories than these.
Joyita
Jun 02, 2016 Joyita rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
Great as a collector's copy. But both Soviets and Congo both seem to have weak plot lines. While Soviets is a confused mess of fight scenes, Congo is particularly disturbing with Tintin going around killing wild animals in hordes for no apparent reason.
Giada
Apr 22, 2014 Giada rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gli inizi, con queste due prime avventure, del giovane giornalista belga, sono un po' fiacchi e molto ingenui. Le storie sono piene di luoghi comuni e i personaggi molto stereotipati, ma già si intravede, in questo Tin Tin ancora acerbo, l'eroe che si svilupperà a partire dagli episodi successivi.
Paolo Marzi
Jan 10, 2014 Paolo Marzi rated it it was ok
One star for the first story (horrible for every aspect) and three stars for the second one (considering the context in which it was written).
sabina yasmin
i just want to read you stupid and idiot,fuck.....cant just you give the ebooks of tintin ............you buffalo,cow,dog
Komuniststar
Jan 30, 2014 Komuniststar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, adventure
šovinistički, imperijalistički, rasistički, avantiristički. Zanimljiv jer pokazuje od kud je Tintin krenuo i ne puno više od toga.
Elizabeth
Feb 13, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Though these two books are corny and full of improbabilities, I had fun reading them, if only because I am a great Tintin fan.
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Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist.
His best known and most substantial work is The Adventures of Tintin comic book series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his death in 1983, leaving the twenty-fourth Tintin adventure Tintin and Alph-Art unfinished. His work remains a strong influence on comics
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