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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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David
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
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Dan
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
Maclean H
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Andrew
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
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Garrett Zecker
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
brian dean
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
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Edgar
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
Katarina
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
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Andy
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
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Pranav Murali
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
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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 rid
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Sarah
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
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Nina
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
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Matthew Holman
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
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Emilia P
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
Sara Truog
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
Sam
You know, rereading these three comics (In English, no less!) reminded me how awkward the first three comics are in terms of the author's cultural understandings. I love that Tintin points how every stereotype he can think of during "The Blue Lotus" to a young Chinese boy who is completely outraged by the thought of what Europeans view Chinese people as. In spite of their awkward handling of cultural experiences, these comics are still fun to read, more so now as an adult I think now that I unde ...more
Melissa
What you might expect. Trapdoors, bumbling policemen and racial stereotypes.

I particularly like Thompson and Thomson, and the part when Tintin learns to speak elephant.
Hart Sastrowardoyo
I love Tintin - but the comic strip was made for a large-format book, not these smaller hardcovers. Hard to enjoy it as I do the other Tintin books in their "normal" format.
Starkville Public Library Young Adult Section
Tintin originated in 1929 by Belgian artist Georges Rémi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé. The series frequently misrepresents people using offensive stereotypes and labels, such as calling Native Americans "red Indians." While the use of these racial slurs is inexcusable in any time period, keep in mind that these terms and ideas are those of a culture in a specific time and do not necessarily reflect any personal bigotry on the part of the author. Hopefully, an understanding of the historic ...more
Scott wachter
tintin in america is just rough.

Also bonus points for discussing racism in a mature rational way while also featuring egregious yellow-face for Japanese antagonists.
Allie
This was like reading the comic book equivalent of the Three Stooges (which I love): lots of very goofy situations, slapstick humor, a smattering of racism, and old-timey turns of phrase. Additionally, it was beautifully drawn and colored. I love older comics like this that were definitely hand drawn and lettered! The colors are all plain block colors and the pen lines are so delicate and lovely. It was extraordinary to look at, but the plotting was strange. It was literally all over the place. ...more
The Night Hawk (Erin)
I couldn't do it! To be honest, I didn't finish it. I couldn't even get through the first story. It's not the blatant racism either, it's the fact that it's a fast moving story with no substance or plot. One thing leads to another leads to another. I thought this being the first volume would talk about Tintin and his back story, but it assumes I know all that already, so I was lost. I loved the Tintin cartoon, when I was little, on TV, but Herge is not the greatest writer in the world. He's got ...more
Dave Riley
What drawing! Love it! What line and the coloring. These three stories from the 1940's however leave much to be desired as they suffer from episodic snippeting of so many routines. Stereotypes a plenty. A crude exoticism and racial stereotyping that would do Indiana Jones proud....Despite that, the Chaplinesque prat falling is charming -- the slip-on-a-banana gag has never been done better.

Reading Tintin it is hard to accept that these comics were composed so long ago as the art is so contempora
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Thebruce1314
I always love Tintin's action-packed adventures...I don't know why I didn't read them in order, as they do sort of follow a sequence. This collection was one of the best, though Tintin in America wasn't my favourite. I begin to see how some people may think the stories perpetuate negative stereotypes, but I think Tintin also advocates tolerance: the "bad guys" are not cultural representations, but rather individual characters, and Tintin also ends up embracing whatever culture he is visiting in ...more
Kristen
I can appreciate this book for its history. I understand that the racism found within it is a reflection of the time period it was written, but it still made me uneasy. I did, however, think that the third comic "The Blue Lotus" might be paired nicely with Yang's "American Born Chinese" in a school classroom.

Racism aside, the plots seemed choppy to me. Action jumped nonsensically from one moment to the next. Tintin's captured, then he's suddenly free without explanation. Then he's captured agai
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Emily
Aug 06, 2009 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who grew up with Tintin, those interested in old comics
Shelves: grahic-novel
I hadn't read Tintin since I was fifteen. I understand now why I graduated from this to James Bond (although Bond's outrageous adventures and good fortune make a little more since given that he was a spy. A journalist like Tintin is a little more questionable). Fun, but completely politically incorrect. Fabulous as a time piece, though, and I was particularly amused by all the European stereotypes and misunderstandings in "Tintin in America," which I'm sure were also in the other two volumes, bu ...more
Yune
Hunted these down after remembering having watched some of the TV adaptation in French class. I wondered whether my fondness came from comparison with the film version of Madame Bovary.

This is the light-hearted fun I remember, although it has its share of stereotypes as Tintin globe-trots and encounters people of different cultures. Very child-appropriate action-adventure. I'm a little sad that many of the puns were lost in the English translation, but there's plenty of humor of the less subtle
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Morag
I enjoyed this stories. I love Tintin anyway.
It is easy to read, fun and funny in parts. A great kids book, but also a great read for anyone else.

I give it 4/5 only because some parts seem to quick but otherwise 5/5.

Also (but this has nothing to do with how many stars I would give it) it could be considered racist in some parts but you must take into account when Tintin was written and drawn and actually he is more accepting then some other characters in the stories.

Definitely worth a read. Q
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Olive
Tintin was exciting and fun to read at the same time! It is cool how all the stories combined into one kinda.
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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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