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Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (Tintin #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  9,486 ratings  ·  248 reviews
In his debut adventure, Tintin is pursued by Bolshevik agents trying to prevent him from exposing the new Soviet regime. Punctuated by slapstick and political revelations, this story is based on the writings of an anticommunist Belgian ex-consul to the Ukraine. Herge's early style revealed strong graphics, influenced by photo-reporting from the period, marking the historic ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Last Gasp (first published 1930)
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Dirk Grobbelaar

Despite suffering from a lack of any cohesive plot, poor art (compared to later entries) and political naiveté, Tintin in the land of the Soviets is still a worthwhile read for Tintin completists.

Even so, it’s not a book I would ever recommend to first time Tintin readers. It is worlds away from the genius of later entries. I would suggest reading it along with a companion work like Tintin: Herge and His Creation, which explains the troubled publication history and the influences prevalent in t
J.G. Keely
It can be an odd experience to look at the early work of an author (and artist) who later proves to be innovative and masterful. The work here is sou rough, the plotting so silly, and the characters unrecognizable to fans of the later series.

But then, no artist emerges into the world fully formed, and even Moebius had his awkward stage. In this fisrt story, Tintin himself is less the clever, charming figure of the later books. Much like Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie, the character starts off
Nandakishore Varma
OMG! I never knew Tintin was such a right-wing fanatic! No wonder this book was never published in India!
Maria Carmo
This Tin-tin adventure is quite comic, albeit the exaggerated picture about the Soviets - like a caricature of sorts! In fact, I did not know this had been the first of the series, so I assumed it was Tin-tin in Congo - less fun...
I loved reading this book and had a lot of fun with Tin-tin and Milu's fights and adventures...

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon, 2 January 2015.
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
কেউ কেউ ভাগযকরমে কখনোই পুরোপুরি বড় হয়ে যায় না। আমার বলতে ভাল লাগে আমি তাদের একজন। টিনটিন রিভিশন শুরু... ঝকঝকে সকযান করা সবগুলো পিডিএফ হাতে পড়েছে তাই। যদিও আমার সংগরহে পাঁচটি অথবা সাতটি (পাঁচটি দেখতে পাচছি, হিসাবে আরও দুটো থাকার কথা কিনতু পাচছি না) বই রয়েছে। তবে এবার সিরিয়াল অনুযায়ী পড়া যাবে। যেগুলোর কখনো নাগাল পাইনি সেগুলোও পড়া যাবে। খুউউউউশিইইই!! ...more
Kimia carstairs
I'm 16 but still a child :))
I love this series
I love Tintin
and his smart dog.I love every single thing about this series
De los tres que he leído, este es el que menos me ha gustado; de hecho, lo he disfrutado más bien poco. Sé que Tintín no es solo una historia de aventuras, que tiene un transfondo, que se centra en otros temas. En este caso, la política impregna las páginas de este tomo, y es por ello que lo he disfrutado menos. También es verdad que las ilustraciones no tienen el encanto de los otros.

Dec 19, 2014 Martyn rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No-one, not even Tintin fans
This was so horrible that I'm worried that my review will sound like the typical 'looking at the past through a modern lens' type of thing, which I can’t stand.

I hope my reaction is not based in the clumsy political propaganda that the book exhibits, that is obviously one of the reasons for the book being written in the first place (it was commissioned for the purpose of distorting the negativity of life in Soviet Russia). Nor, I hope, is it based in the poor humor – I get that language, humor a
Indah Threez Lestari
#Program BUBU

Review komik Tintin di Tanah Sovyet? Lho, kayaknya sudah pernah deh!

Iya benar, review komik ini sudah pernah kuposting saat Posbar BBI bulan November 2012. Dan di situ dengan pedenya aku menyebutkan bahwa koleksi lengkap Tintin versi Indiraku aman sentausa di gudang rumah Cirebon. Padahal mah... .·`(><)`·.

Marilah kita bersama-sama berdoa bagi para buku yang telah meninggalkan kita...
Mengheningkan cipta, mulai...

Nah, akibat tragedi bablas bukune yang menyayat hati itu, aku
Frühwerk, spät veröffentlicht

Das wird manchem nicht gefallen: Dieser Titel ist einfach, und ganz besonders im Vergleich mit den anderen "Tim und Struppi"-Titeln, schlecht. Als Leser eines Unterhaltungsmediums interessiert mich nicht, ob es eventuell ein "zeitgeschichtliches Dokument" ist oder nicht. Ich liebe diese Comicreihe; trotzdem sollte man so ehrlich sein, und nicht, nur weil man die anderen Titel einer Reihe mag, diesen Band überbewerten.

Die Zeichnungen sind weit entfernt von dem, was He
Herge' didn't realize that his Tintin character was going to become a big deal when his boss told him to create a work of anti-Soviet propaganda for children. Apparently he didn't put much effort or thought into it, and was pretty embarrassed by it once his character and career started to take off, refusing to render a color version and keeping the original black and white version from being reprinted for as long as he could. Well, he was right to be embarrassed; "Land of the Soviets" is painful ...more
After finally watching the new Tintin movie last night I thought it would be good to take a walk down memory lane and reread all the comics. I found that I'd never read the very first book (or I couldn't remember it) and I have to say that if this was my introduction I would never have continued reading them.

This first Tintin book was written between 1929-1930 for the right-wing newspaper Hergé was working for. It was written to be an anti-communist propaganda piece for children. In it Tintin is
And to think that I have never read a Tintin comic book before! (I bought one last year, but have collected the whole series now to read at the mo. so I believe that this experience counts. And will re-read that book - The Blue Lotus - too, again in order, this time!) Snowy is such a wonderful companion, in the series.
A Belgian reporter is sent on assignment to the new Communist country the Soviet Union, and right from the start hostile Bolshevik agents attempt to thwart him by any means necessary, lest he report that their economic progress is a scam. Russians are starving while grain is being exported to keep up this illusion of progress! A slapstick chase through Germany to Russia and back with pointed political commentary ensues. But Tintin and his dog Snowy beat off their adversaries, and return to Bruss ...more
Mahmed Sewidan
اول كتاب اقراه بالانجليزي
والكتاب كان رائع
Patrick Fisackerly
Unlike the other Tintin books, this was written in daily (or possibly weekly?) installments and not as a "graphic novel" (for lack of a better term). And it reads that way - it's incredibly episodic and repetitive (how many times will Tintin dress up as the bad guys to fool them? A lot), but it's cute and there are glimpses of the kind of humor for which the series would later come to be known. Not a great book, but cute for what it is.
Dec 31, 2009 Gina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
This very early Tintin is all black and white line drawings. The art is quite expressive and there is a lot of physical comedy. This is sort of the Three Stooges Tintin, I think. The story is even more ridiculous than in later Tintin adventures and while Tintin shows signs of the sanctimonious little guy he becomes later, he's actually a bit of a jerk. I think this is a must for any Tintin fan, if only for historical interest.
Tintin's first adventure, long unavailable, wasn't really worth the wait. While there is some interest in watching Hergé learn to draw (the earliest pages are amazingly crude, looking as if a child drew them, but later on he manages to get the basics more or less right, at least with machinery), the story itself is a meandering shambles that makes little sense and depends on absurd developments. For instance, in one sequence, Tintin is able to escape from a cell, underwater, because for no reaso ...more
Jan 02, 2008 mirna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: herge
here... snowy has so much dialogs & a big role too!! & tintin himself, is a superhero... an invincible, totally cartoon!! not only boom & bullet proof, but survive from any crash and can fight anything from men to polar bear with his own barehand...

multi talented tintin, from mechanic to woodcarving but not a good driver in land, water & air... but never run out of luck!!

Txe Polon
Pensado para ser leído por entregas, un prototintín que está lejos de lo que será y cuya aventura se limita a la sucesión de gags tipo slapstick al servicio de la propaganda política anticomunista, con excesiva simpleza en el desarrollo de todos los personajes, incluido el protagonista.
Nithesh Satish
My first tintin book. Totally loved the character snowy. My most favorite part was when tintin builds an amateur vehicle from a scrap engine. But somehow he is not able to repair a car in a later part of the story ! That was an anamoly I could not resolve.
I read this because I heard that the first couple Tintin comics are very right-wing and I wanted to revisit something I enjoyed as a child. Well, even as anti-communist propaganda this isn't any good. There's no cohesive story and there's only really a few shots at communists. The vast majority of the time Tintin is either beating people up or travelling in various vehicles. There's one very Macguyver-esque situation where he makes a railcar out of scrap metal and Tintin's basically invulnerable ...more
Leila Anani
This is Tintin's first adventure and you can tell that both the artist and character are finding their feet.

The art is b/w and very simple. Tintin lacks definition and snowy is far more mischievous and disobedient than he is in the later books. The story sends Tintin to Russia and the Uktraine and has very little actual 'story' its more a series of slapstick vignettes: Tintin gets captured and escapes time and again.

Its light-hearted fun, but far from Tintin's finest hour and of course we don't
Panu Mäkinen
Tintti Neuvostojen maassa on ensimmäinen Tintin seikkailuista ja ainoa, jota ei koskaan piirretty eikä julkaistu uudelleen värillisenä, mikä on varsin harmillista. Sarjakuvan piirrosjälki on karkeaa, ja tarinasta näkee selvästi, että se on julkaistu alun perin yksittäisinä strippeinä lehdissä, ennen kuin se on koottu kirjaksi. Tarina etenee vauhdikkaasti, ja tilanteet kääntyvät usein nopeasti päälaelleen. Juoni ei ole niin realistinen kuin Tintin myöhemmissä seikkailuissa. Kirjassa lieneekin kie ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Roshini rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 24
Reading this 85 years after it was first published and decades after the cold war ended makes it quite interesting. I've grown up reading and watching Tintin off and on but this is the first time I'm reading the entire series in chronological order. It's hilarious how blatant the anti-Soviet propaganda is and you can almost see it predicting the "Better dead than red" slogan becoming popular years later. My favorite line was by one of the big bad Soviet fellas who, while trying to catch Tintin b ...more
sinta nisfuanna
Sudah lama penasaran dengan komik petualangan tintin, pas buka pertama kali kaget juga melihat ternyata komiknya hitam-putih. Ceritanya tintin, wartawan Le Petit Vingtieme, bertugas ke Soviet untuk melaporkan kondisi sebenarnya di sana. Ternyata pihak Soviet tidak menyukainya dan berkali-kali ingin membunuh tintin supaya "keindahan semu" Soviet tidak terungkap.

Aksi pembunuhan selalu gagal dengan ajaib dan agak gak masuk akal juga sih, tapi mungkin disitulah letak kelucuan dan keunikan tintin. Pe
I read in the previous reviews of this first Tintin comic that Herge didn't want or realize that Tintin would become such a hit. He threw some Soviet propaganda together like his editor wanted him to and handed it in.

I gave it two stars only because of what it became and because you can see why it eventually became such a hit. It's a boy reporter with his dog traveling the world. A simple plot that Herge eventually executed well and everyone fell in love with. While the first one may have been
Indah Threez Lestari
Polling BBI bulan November 2012 membuatku terbelah antara keinginan ikut posting bareng novel 10 besar KLA 2012 (demi memaksa diri sendiri lebih banyak membaca karya sastra Indonesia) dan ikut posting bareng Tintin (secara sudah niat baca ulang serial Tintin setelah membaca Tintin The Complete Companion-nya Michael Farr).

Sejatinya, buatku novel KLA 2012 lebih mudah didapatkan, tinggal cari di toko buku atau Indonesian Book Fair kemarin. Tapi serial Tintin...? Kalau teringat bundelan koleksi Tint
David Sarkies
I feel a little ashamed putting this book up on the list namely because it is the first time that I have read it, and I also scanned it into Goodreads as a reading-now book, which then goes onto my reading total for the year. I am not entirely sure whether one can consider graphic novels to be a book that one read, particularly since it generally does not talk all that long to read them. However, with any further Tintin books that I read, while they will appear on the sight, I will try not to l ...more
I actually did enjoy this more than I thought I would. I'd heard so many people complaining about the propaganda and racism against the Russians, and yet even though it is evidently there, you can look past it and enjoy the story for what it is. I'm not saying that this reaches the same level of enjoyment as pretty much all of the later Tintin comics (with the exception of the Congo) but it is an entertaining read in of itself. It's really interesting to see the progression from this comic to al ...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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