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The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 1: Tintin in America / Cigars of the Pharaoh / The Blue Lotus (Tintin #3, 4, 5)

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Three classic graphic novels in one deluxe hardcover edition: Tintin in America, Cigars of the Pharaoh, and The Blue Lotus.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 2nd 1994 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1990)
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Rifat Sanjida
Dec 13, 2015 Rifat Sanjida rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
টাকা-পয়সা নিয়ে অতোটা কষট করিনি কোনদিন। মেঝেতে দুপদাপ আওয়াজের বরাতে বাড়িওয়ালার গাল খেতে হয়নি কখনো। সবজি খাবো না বলে নাক সিঁটকেছি, মা অফিস থেকে ফিরেই কষট করে আবার মুরগির ঠযাঙ ভেজে দিয়েছে পাতে। যতো গলপের বই কিনতে চেয়েছি, সে আবদার মেটানো হয়েছে যতোটা সমভব। কম জবালাইনি সব মিলিয়ে যা হোক!

কিনতু তাও রকিব হাসানের কিশোর পাশা, শিশুপতরিকা বা পিপলী বেগমের চাইতে তুলনামূলকভাবে 'টিনটিন' একটু কসটলি ছিলো তো বটেই। ও নিয়ে বায়না জুড়তে সাহস জমাতে হতো খানিকটা, পাশের বাসা বা পাড়াতুতো ভাইদের থেকে এনে হাতবদল করে পড়া হতো এ
Jan 20, 2013 David rated it it was ok
It obviously took Herge some time to find his legs with the Tintin series. Tintin one and two (Tintin in the Land of the Soviets & Tintin in the Congo) were so racially insensitive that they have rarely been reprinted, and weren't even included in this collection.

Tintin in America, the first story in this volume, isn't quite that bad, but it is a fairly lackluster Tintin story, with a simple, repetitive plot, and a lack of depth when compared to the the other two stories in this volume, Ciga
Mar 25, 2016 Morgan rated it it was amazing
Since elementary school, I've always liked Tintin. Something about a boy going on an adventure around the globe always is a fun read. Maybe it's the fact that Tintin's stories remind me of a mix of the Hardy Boys, James Bond, and Indiana Jones. Reading these as an adult is a little different though. I still love them, just I get more of what is going on with the plot and background and picking up on thing I wouldn't get as a kid.

I decided to get these 3-in-1 volumes because they fit better on my
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
Matt Mendoza
Jul 09, 2015 Matt Mendoza rated it really liked it
After all the notoriety, I decided to hunt down the not-as-elusive-as-you'd-think Adventures of Tintin at my local library. This was my first exposure to Herge and his work. Considering the audience of young boys, the work is excellent. The plot whips and dives every direction and is what drives the book. Herge is a master at cliffhangers and every page pushes you to jump to the next. The cultural content is excellent despite its obvious use of caricature. For a book of its age, it depicts other ...more
John Pistelli
Mar 22, 2015 John Pistelli rated it really liked it
There is something about Tintin, isn't there? I had never read it before, but a survey course on the history of comics this semester forced my to it. Here are two very intelligent writers in conversation, each of whom has written a book that joins Tintin to modernism (and neither of which I have read):
[Frederic Tuten:] You have given a portion of your life in writing, Tintin and the Secret of Literature, about Hergé's Tintin albums. I love your sweep from Joyce to Hergé.

[Tom McCarthy:] Hergé has
Oct 30, 2015 Doreen rated it liked it
Shelves: moco-library
It is so weird how bad Tintin In America is compared with the other books in this collection. It's the kind of thing you expect from a successful series writer towards the end of his interest in the venture as anything beyond a profit generator, when he's just churning out pablum to please the mindless hordes of die-hard fans and the editors who won't let him try something new. Granted, Herge had a tough time getting to the point of being able to write this story, and had to satisfy his original ...more
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Jul 08, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Oh, Tintin, you're like a guilty pleasure; I had held off for years from reading you--people warned me that you were FULL of horrid racism and ugly stereotypes--but my sister's enthusiasm (coupled with reluctantly enjoying your movie) swayed me--now I see. The way people are drawn and sometimes portrayed is rather dreadful ("Hello, Quite Racist is calling for you."), then Tintin will come along and have a few word bubbles where he defends the downtrodden/evily portrayed/villified individual(s) a ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
I grew up with Tintin's "Destination Moon" and "Explorers on the Moon," which were absolutely beautiful books. The story was exciting and the artwork was amazing. I've always wanted to read the other Tintin books, and now, thanks to our local library, I am.

I must admit, the early stories have more holes than the Albert Hall. I'm amazed at how consistently Herge uses pure luck to get Tintin out of a scrape. The artwork is still great, but the stories are a continual stream of "get into a sticky s
Garrett Zecker
Sep 23, 2014 Garrett Zecker rated it really liked it
The incredibly successful worldwide phenomenon that is Tin Tin begins in the first three episodes of the Belgian artist Hergé’s Tin Tin in America, Cigars of the Pharaoh, and The Blue Lotus. Of course purists will mention the prior two volumes, but essentially the standardized 62-page an issue series which is the first to be widely released and translated - begins with this volume one collection of the original three. I absolutely love Hergé’s work in these, and revisiting them as an adult with ...more
The Brothers
Jan 19, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china, egypt
Asher (6 y.o.) read.

Very fun look at a "graphic novel" from the mid 1940s. Sensibilities were different then and some of the graphics seem a little startling for kids (one picture is of an Egyptian mystic(?) stabbing himself full of knives - Asher actually took time away from the book to show me this.) Anyway, Tintin is intrepid, brave, and always ready to get the story. This book has three adventures: Tintin in America, Cigars of the Pharaoh, and The Blue Lotus, so Asher got to travel around th
Abby Tamkin
Jan 07, 2016 Abby Tamkin rated it liked it
Got the first four omnibus' for Christmas!
I read a short bio of Herge before reading this book, and I liked the context that gave me.
Herge wrote Tintin/illustrated as a serialized comic, and after the success of the first two (Tintin in America was the second, after Tintin in the land of the Soviets), he started putting a lot more work into researching background. This really shows up in the Blue Lotus, with the historical setting of the Japanese invasion of China and their subsequent departure
I was having trouble getting through a large graphic novel I was reading (the text was so hard to read it was a drag), and so my boyfriends suggested I try a more lighthearted comic book from his childhood. These types of comics really aren't my thing, BUT I will say I love the jabs at the ignorant American people. In my opinion, I think each comic could have been much shorter, as it was a constant repeat of Tin Tin getting kidnapped and miraculously escaping. So, overall, I say clever writing ( ...more
Rick Silva
Nov 18, 2015 Rick Silva rated it liked it
Vietnam, at least the touristy areas, has an odd fixation with Tintin merchandise, and I couldn't resist picking up a "Tintin in Vietnam" t-shirt on one of my first tourist ventures after relocating to Ho Chi Minh City for a job. I'm a lifelong comic reader, and knew of Herge's Tintin series, but had never actually read any of them. After a bit more research I found that there is not an actual Tintin in Vietnam story by Herge, so I decided to start reading with this volume, which is the first in ...more
brian dean
Oct 29, 2010 brian dean rated it it was amazing
I ranked the book at "it was amazing" (5 stars) in honour of how I remembered it as a child. I read the books back then for the adventure and exotic places Tintin went. I did not recall any particular racism in the books from those days. In contrast, when I read Asterix I was a little older and did notice, a little, the huge lips and exaggerated shapes of the African characters.
In this book, volume 2 of eight, each selling for 23,000won (about $20US, I guess), there are three classic stories; Ti
Aug 26, 2012 Edgar rated it liked it
I actually meant to give this book a 3.5, because I absolutely disliked Tintin in America. Knowing that it isn't the first Tintin book in the series (actually, Tintin in the Land of the Soviets and Tintin in the Congo were first, but due to political incorrectness and perceived racist undertones, they were banned from the collection), I was still dissatisfied with it. While Herge pulls no punches with his works, I just felt this one just misses the mark. It feels redundant, and just very immatu ...more
Apr 02, 2013 Katarina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fantasy, kids
After seeing the recent Stephen Spielberg movie, I thought it would be kinda neat to read the graphic novels in which Tintin originated. (Lucky me, my library has them.) And it was fun.

I'm never quite sure how I feel about graphic novels-- on the one hand, they're quick and easy, and often works of art. On the other, it's so weird to rely on pictures rather than words! But I digress. The adventures depicted in this volume are wonderfully fantastic and vaguely mysterious. I can easily imagine re
Jul 20, 2014 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I'll review these three stories separately as I get round to reading them.

Tintin in America (read 14th May 2013)
This has similar themes to the first two books, skirting some fairly insensitive and stereotyped depictions of Americans, both native and otherwise. Whether it's mob rule, infighting Indians or lynch happy cowboys its all a bit over the top. The serial nature of it is still obvious, jumping from one brief set piece to another and not much in the way of cohesive storytelling. The miracu
Pranav Murali
Oct 24, 2012 Pranav Murali rated it it was amazing
Title: Tin Tin In America
Author: Herge
Genre: Graphic novel
Number of pages:127
Date finished:October17th

He is back. Young journalist, reporter, risk-taker, and celebrity Tin Tin has come to Chicago. Home of the gangsters and thugs, Chicago is definitely a place where no one, I repeat no one, wants to be. Except Tin Tin. With his dog Snowy by his side, nothing bad can come in his way. All he needs is a pistol, courage, and bravery, but sometimes, that is not enough to succeed. For a good story for
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Tintin in America
Date I read this book: December 11th, 2011

So... um, I was confused because despite this being labelled book one, there was obviously a previous volume in the Congo, due to what the big gangsters said. So I looked it up and for some reason Tintin in Soviet Russia and Tintin in the Congo have been redacted from the American reading list. I wonder if it's because they're really offensive or just so outmoded in their thinking... to the library! Because, the library never gets ride o
Nov 29, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
I was really entertained by these 3 Tintin adventures. Basically, he and his dog Snowy get into trouble and situations that seem impossible to get out of, then get out of them in a dramatic fashion, all the while working towards solving a mystery or retrieving a priceless artifact. They are told with drama and humore, so the situations never get too heavy.

In Tintin in America, Tintin goes up against the Chicago mob in the 1940's. The gangsters are stereotypical Tommy-gun-toting guys who don't ta
Dec 03, 2011 Nina rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, comics
Warning: This review may contain spoilers.

Tintin is a young investigative reporter who always gets involved in mystery cases, which more than often than not, puts his life at great risk. But no matter the danger, Tintin always goes through with what he has to do with determination, a brave face and his faithful companion, Snowy.

This volume has three adventures of Tintin in it. The first is "Tintin in America". This was my least favorite adventure in the book. The second is "Cigars of the Pharaoh
Matthew Holman
Jan 26, 2013 Matthew Holman rated it really liked it
One thing I love most about the TinTin adventure comics is that they are "dated" and written/drawn a long time ago. They were created in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s during the actual time periods that the comics took place. For example, TinTin in America was done in the early 30s and this issue reflects the events going on during that time. The Tintin comics are like a time capsule that captures the era they were created in.

Another reason I like the TinTin comics is that they aren't superhero, horr
Caleb Walsh
Feb 14, 2016 Caleb Walsh rated it it was amazing
The first three Tintin books...

Tintin in America: This one is less mysterious and complex as the other ones. It's kinda silly and unrealistic, but still lots of fun.

Cigars of the Pharaoh: Exciting plot and a bit creepy. This introduces the Thompson twins, and Tintin's archenemy, Rastapopulous (?).

The Blue Lotus: This one has a great balance of humor and action. There's some really fun surprises, too.
Michaela Joll
May 14, 2015 Michaela Joll rated it really liked it
I don't usually read graphic novels but I have started to get into them. I used to watch the cartoons as a kid and absolutely loved them. It was a huge nostalgia trip and I'm now looking for more graphic novels to read and study the illustrations. Also, HOW COOL IS TINTIN?!
Emilia P
Sep 09, 2012 Emilia P rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Oh, hm. I decided to read Tintin to see what had inspired like, everything I read. I was neither impressed nor underwhelmed. It was definitely an atmosphere of fun, mad-cap romp, well-paced, lovely-colored, fantastical and fun -- Tintin dresses up as a Japanese military officer! Snowy, oh, Snowy you are so adorable. Also, important observation, Tintin is proto-Justin Beiber in his lesbian-esque haircut and round feminine face. Ok ok I know that wasn't intentional, but I think Bechdel definitely ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Kristen added it
Shelves: gave-up-on-it
I only read 36 pages before I gave up on this one in disgust. The plot made very little sense, the language was unnecessarily old-fashioned/folksy, and the depictions of Native Americans are downright offensive by modern standards.
Peter N.
Feb 19, 2016 Peter N. rated it really liked it
I did not enjoy this one quite as much as Vol. 4. These are some of his first stories and they seem less believable, especially Tintin in America. Still a lot of fun. And I found out my librarian has visited the Tintin Museum.
Sara Truog
Sep 12, 2011 Sara Truog rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
This book contains three of the Tintin comics and was my first exposure to the '40s French boy reporter. Knowing that there is a Tintin movie coming out at the end of this year, I thought Daniel and I needed to check him out. I can see why they were very popular at the time, but like many series, they're formulaic: Tintin is relaxing somewhere when he runs into bad guys who want to take him down - he and his trusty dog Snowy narrowly escape - only to run into some more bad guys who want to take ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Tintin (1 - 10 of 26 books)
  • Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (Tintin #1)
  • Tintin au Congo (Tintin, #2)
  • Tintin in America (Tintin, #3 )
  • Cigars of the Pharaoh (Tintin, #4)
  • Le Lotus bleu (Tintin, #5)
  • The Broken Ear (Tintin, #6)
  • The Black Island (Tintin, #7)
  • King Ottokar’s Sceptre (Tintin, #8)
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