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

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  8,622 ratings  ·  225 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 1929)
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Matthew Hodge
The first Tintin adventure in the series, written in 1929, but one which actually only got printed in English in the 90s.

More of a thing for completists than anything else, it is presented in the original black and white as it first appeared in the Belgian newspapers.

At the time, the comic strip was more being used as a propaganda piece to warn Belgian children about the evils of Russian communism and the plot is almost non-existent. Tintin gets himself in dire straits every two pages only to be
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
Oct 27, 2010 Sammy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: comic
My review, as posted in Tintin Books

The perils of this album are well-documented: written before Herge awoke to a wider worldview, and when he was still a pencil for hire, this is a propaganda piece and nothing more. Tintin as a reporter is an Everyman thrust into a land of corrupt politicians, and evil overlords.

To me, there's something messily beautiful about Herge's boyish scrawl. It's not polished, true, but that pudgy little potato boy and his scruffy dog make for delightful heroes, even if
Recently picked up this first Tintin adventure, one I'd never read as a child.

I'll just say that by the time readers have made it to Tintin's 4th adventure Cigars of the Pharaoh, he's in full swing as the reporter we know and love--strongly drawn with terrific backgrounds, gripping stories and a decent personality. The first three books are interesting to look at and read if for no other reason than to see the developing style and talent of their creator, Herge.

The drawing is done in simple blac
Kaung Myat Han
I found out about Tintin when I was like twenty years old. Of course, I have always been familiar with that adorable image of him often in a simple blue sweater, a white shirt and redpants with that strange little hairdo and the awesome sidekick, the little white dog. It's just that I didn't exactly know what his name was or what the cartoon was all about as I had never read 'The Adventures of Tintin' in English, let alone French. Strange but then again, it's not very strange either since Tintin ...more
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
Jul 25, 2014 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tintin fanatics
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Shazza Maddog
When I was much, much younger, I read some of the collected Tintin stories in a monthly children's magazine. I enjoyed them, but never thought about looking for more until some friends in England brought up Herge's work; and then the Tintin movie came out.

I still didn't actively search for anything Tintin, but when I saw this book on the shelf, I grabbed it up, and read it all in one sitting (not terribly hard to do).

Tintin is a report for Le Petit Vingtieme, and is sent out from his native Be
Se eka Tintti.

Luin 7-vuotiaalle pojalleni albumin suomenkielisen version "Tintti neuvostojen maassa". Tämä oli myös minulle ensimmäinen lukukerta.

Albumi on ainoa ensimmäisistä 8 tai 9:stä alunperin mustavalkoisena ja yli satasivuisena tehdyistä albumeista, joka on jätetty alkuperäiseen muotoonsa - ja se näkyy. Aika on ajanut albumin ohi totaalisesti. Piirrosjälki on hirveää, poliittinen propaganda on rasittavaa, juonta ei ole ja vitsit ovat huonoja. Lisäksi albumi on välillä aika julma ja siinä
This new facsimile reprint of the very first adventure of one of the world's most beloved cartoon characters shows Tintin's creator, the famed Belgian cartoonist Herge, just beginning to learn his craft. The story was originally created in 1929 for a children's supplement in the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtieme Siecle.

Readers meet Tintin, intrepid red-headed boy reporter, along with his dog, for the first time as they set off to Russia to investigate the evil doings of the Soviets. The Soviets ar
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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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