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June 26, 2005

Tintin vs. Asterix

While Astrix does not have a perfect universe like that of Tintin the level of humour and the complexity of the verbal jokes in Astrix cannot be surpassed. Just take the creative names of the charactersin Astrix as an example.

In Tintin, specially in the later books, it is the story and the interactions between the characters that make the book. In Astrix, a series of hilarious jokes are fitted next to each other along a relatively loose story line.

Also, let us not forget that the magic of Astrix lies 80% in the words, which is mostly lost when translated from French to other languages; while in Tintin almost any frame can be taken out and posted on the wall as a work of art. I love both...


Here is what someone else thinks about Asterix meeting Tintin

June 19, 2005

A Tintin Rarity

We all know the standard design of the inside of the covers of Tintin books. (If you don't remember it, check the background of the Persian Tintin Blog). The desgin didn't always used to look like that. Below is the original design, from the first edition of "The Crab With the Golden Claws", dating back to 1942.

The original B&W book was only 58 pages long. Herge was about to adopt his now-famous 62-page album lengths. So he drew 4 full-page color designs to fill in. The 'Crab' is the only Tintin book with full-page frames.

If you are too eager on this book, you'd better hurry: it is on sale for EUR 900.00 on (e-Bay)!

June 05, 2005

Sir Basil Zaharoff

ZAHAROFF, SIR BASIL [Zaharoff, Sir Basil ] (Basileios Zacharias) , 1850-1936, international financier and munitions manufacturer, b. Anatolia, Turkey, probably of Greek-Russian parents, educated in England. His name is best known in connection with the Vickers-Armstrong munitions firm, of which he was director and chairman. For his services to the Allies during World War I, Zaharoff was knighted by George V and decorated by the French government.

Left: Sir Basil Zaharoff, Right: Basil Bazaroff, The Broken Ear P.34 (Click on the image to enlarge)