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The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 1: Tintin in America / Cigars of the Pharaoh / The Blue Lotus

(Tintin #3-5)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,780 ratings  ·  190 reviews
Join traveling reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy, along with well-known friends such as Captain Haddock, as they embark on extraordinary adventures spanning historical and political events, fantasy and science-fiction adventures and thrilling mysteries. These full-color graphic novels broke new ground when they were first released and became the inspiration for co ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 2nd 1994 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1990)
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Jan 11, 2013 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, Cigars o
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I think 2 stars is super generous, but this was significantly more readable than the first Tintin book I read, so 2 it is.

I get that these stories are a product of their time, and I really think these will get better as I go, but here's a list of the stupid shit that happens in this book:

○ Tintin saws the door off of a taxi to escape from a Chicago gang member kidnapping him. Every other scene/panel featuring this taxi is perfectly intact
○ A gang member (from the aforementioned gang) f
Mar 17, 2016 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 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
Victor The Reader
Hergé’s Tintin comics definitely have a lot of adventurous thrills and are full of dialogue for such small speech bubbles. The young reporter and his faithful dog Snowy travel out of Belgium and see many places and get entangled with very shady people and must come up with a way to get out of it while also getting a great story. The art is very unique and lively, and Tintin and Snowy are a good pair who will always outwit the bad guys. A (97%/Outstanding)
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, children-ya
"Tintin in America" is still pretty rough - the plot is just a linear succession of slapstick set pieces, and the art is not up to Herge's later standards. It's not the amateurish fascist propaganda of the first two Tintin stories (not included here, for good reason), but it's not particularly great either. The most interesting thing about it is that you can see the beginnings of Herge breaking free of the editorial mandates of his right-wing publisher, offering a depiction of Native Americans t ...more
Devin Willson
a fair introduction to Tintin, i’ll probably check out more stories soon

Tintin In America - 3/5 stars
Cigars of the Pharoh - 4/5 stars
The Blue Lotus - 3.5/5 stars
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
TINTIN IN AMERICA is extremely weak, even by the standards of the time. I disliked it as a kid and I remember having the thought, "If this is how bad Hergé's portrayal of America seems to an American, what about his portrayals of faraway lands that seemed so wonderful when I was a kid?" However, after going on a Tintin binge, I can confirm that Tintin in America is an outlier. 1/5

CIGARS OF THE PHARAOH is also one of the weaker Tintin books. It is a lesser effort even alongside the other "prequel
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Herge's art is amazing and lovingly detailed. The plot of the first one included here, Tintin in America, is pretty formulaic (Tintin gets in trouble... he's about to die... but, lo! A last-minute stroke of luck saves him!) but the other two get a bit more creative in terms of plot and characterization. The racial attitudes here, as others have noted, are an odd mixed bag: nonwhite characters are almost always disparaged or expressed as caricatures, but The Blue Lotus seems very sympathetic to t ...more
Seung Lee
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Some books become outdated with time. This was one of those cases. My kid did not like it because of the violence and, true enough, there were gun shootings, stabbings, and people getting killed left and right. I give it two stars because, as a grown-up, it does give us a glimpse of what sold graphic novels in that era. It was also interesting to see how different cultures were depicted in that era as well.
Isaac Jensen
5 stars for the comic, 0 stars for the racism.
Robert Cowper-Coles
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
1. Tintin in America
Succeeds in catching 335 of Al Capones gangsters in Chicago

2. Cigars of the Pharaoh
Fights a drugs gang in Egypt who hide their drugs by selling Flor Fina Cigars

3. The Blue Lotus
Whilst in holiday in Mumbai, Tintin is called to Shanghai to deal with an opium gang ran by the Japanese, whose opium hub is called the Blue Lotus

High on Cubbiness levels, low in intellectual stimulation. Purely a satisfaction and memory fulfilling read
The first time I heard of Tintin was actually on a trip to Europe that included a stop in Belgium. One of the friends I was traveling with said that we must MUST stop and get something Tintin related, and then was horrified when I didn't know who/what that was. (And then there was an entire shop dedicated to Tintin and we spent about two hours comparing Tintin socks). I was a little confused to say the least.

Here you go, Helen. Ten years late, but I've read some Tintin now.

Golly, that dog is cu
Maclean H
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Jimmy Lee
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
My rating is based upon the specific volume, ***not upon the writer's work.***

I'd heard of Tintin, but my first real introduction to him was the Spielberg movie. The only comics in our house, growing up, were the Sunday funnies. But I loved his character in the movie. So I thought this would be a great way to get up to speed on his his adventures with his dog Snowy - obviously I've been missing a cornerstone of literature. And I'm glad I did - the stories are GREAT! From Al Capone and America, t
Rishika S.
Volume 2 of The Adventures of Tintin is brilliant when compared to Volume 1. Individually though, it doesn’t reach that level of charm that the later books possess. Containing three stories, Volume 2 does get better as it progresses.

Tintin in America includes characters that are part of the earlier books. It’s just a brief mention though and you won’t really be lost if you choose not to read the previous ones. As a story, it’s quite random, with things happening abruptly and a little too conveni
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could pluck all the stars from the sky and give them to this series as a rating (not scientifically possible because stars are HUGE and aren't fixed in the sky and yada yada I GET IT but im trying to make a point here.) Hergé was a GENIUS! All the storylines are perfect (imo) and they are so interesting as well! I can't stress how much I love this series. I first got into it when I visited my grandpa's house and found them in the attic- they are pretty old! So so SO funny (on multiple o ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I've known of Tintin for probably twenty years but never read much until these books. Hergé is considered a giant in the world of comics and for good reason. The first comic in this collection is the third Tintin comic, which I've never read. I've seen in a few places that the first few don't hold up, and Tintin in America, the first included in this collection, is right on the edge.

There are, unavoidably, caricatures of black Americans and Native Americans. Others have criticized these works b
Esteban Pedroza
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Adventures of Tintin is a collection of short comic stories illustrated and written in the 1950s by Belgian cartoonist, Hergé. The main character, Tintin, is a young Belgian reporter and adventurer who becomes involved in dangerous cases. The Adventures feature Tintin hard at work in his investigative journalism, but rarely is he seen actually turning in a story. Many people can see themselves at Tintin, which is one of the reasons that many people enjoy to read the many stories published by ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loeg-archives
Honestly, I didn't care much for the first story, "TinTin in America." The entire story was disjointed, the portrayal of black characters and American Indians was offensive, and the humor was largely hamfisted and undermined the drama.

That said, I was impressed by how much better the latter two stories - "Cigars of the Pharaoh" and "the Blue Lotus" - were. The stories remained on task; the humor was mostly enjoyable without overpowering; TinTin comes across as more resourceful and intelligent, a
Lizzie  J
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
After watching the Tintin movie, I thought I'd go and try to read the books...

The first story was really terrible. There was no plot. It just became a series of mistakes and coincidences. Tintin would be grabbed by some grabbed by a different grabbed by someone....escape, on and on and on.

Thankfully, that was the odd story out. The other two stories had a much better plot structure, although there did still seem to be a lot of "coincidences" making
Katie Cat Books
Tintin travels the world.

Story: In these stories Tintin goes on mad capers, escaping bad guys, using guns, attacking people to escape a situation and using people to get his way.

Language: This an older book, so context must be understood when reading. When Tintin is in america, people are driving on the left side of the road, with steering wheel on the right side. Chinese and Japanese characters are really excessively stereotyped in the illustrations.

Characters: Tintin is back, Snowy is back (
Katherine McCauley
There is a lot of racism here! I am told things get better. I can't wait to read some scholarly articles or even a book on Tintin and colonialism! In the meantime, aaa!

The art is generally delightful and charming. I love a clean line and a wholesome boy detective. Predictably I love Thomson and Thompson. Even their description—a pair of identical, incompetent detectives with prodigious mustaches wearing bowler hats who engage in wordplay and who must arrest Tintin but think he is quite nice actu
Jun 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Did not finish.

Lent to me by a friend, I felt obligated, driven even, to read it, but no. I just can't.

I was disappointed with how oblivious Tintin seemed to be, and how events just conspired with him to save him and work things out for him. Real life doesn't work like that!

Perhaps I'm not used to reading comics like these, or perhaps I'm too used to reading manga, but I just couldn't get into it. I shan't consider ever going back to it, either, because I'm returning the book this week and tha
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I can see the appeal of the series, but these probably aren’t its strongest stories. The sequential art feels incredibly modern for the 1930s, but unfortunately there’s a heaping dose of old-timey racism that terribly dates these particular stories. Hergé’s art really shines through anytime he uses a bigger panel for conveying a location, as well as some of the night shots in the third story. It reminds me of the 1940s Captain Marvel stuff, but more competent and refined. I definitely want to ch ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Read for Graphic Novels class.

I can see the appeal, especially for younger children, but the extreme repetitiveness of the plot pacing was exhausting for me. It was a little too much constant danger followed by narrow miraculous escape. The casual racism and stereotypes in the first story (in America) was very eye-roll inducing. The second and third stories were stronger, simply because of a more focused and detailed plot that seemed to involve actual stakes. I don't see myself reading more, but
Tariq Malik
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
It is clear from the race depictions in Tintin that it reflects colonial sentimentalities of another time that rubbed me the wrong way. Still, the adventures were exciting, I enjoy that Snowy talks and loved the news stories about the moon et al dripped along in the background.

From a layout standpoint the typeface in the digest copy is extremely small. If you want to read Tintin, make it full size. your eyes will thank you.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
I read this for a book group I am in and I was not captivated by these comics in any way. I found them incredibly dated and did not think they’ve held up well over time. They seem to lean in heavily on the stereotypes of the time in which they were written, which in today’s time just look like dated racist tropes. I also found the plot to be non-existent and Tintin himself to be irritating. I give two stars for the dog character Snowy and for the illustrations.
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
These three works are solid Tintin adventures - it seems that Herge was trying to get a feel for what he wanted Tintin to be in Tintin in America which makes the work less interesting with much less character development. These works are also products of the time, so some of the depictions of certain races and stereotypes are definitely considered offensive today. The adventures and shenanigans are quite interesting and make for an enjoyable read.
Pyone Lei Lei Mon
I grew up reading the volumes of The Adventures of Tintin repeatedly. I loved the drawings showing how much work that had been put into these beautiful volumes. Rereading them reminded me of my childhood but sadly, I do not enjoy reading them as much as I was as a kid. Will occasionally read them if I can get my hands on them for free but I won't be buying any more of the collections. ...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

Other books in the series

Tintin (1 - 10 of 24 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)
  • The Crab with the Golden Claws (Tintin, #9)
  • The Shooting Star (Tintin #10)

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