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October 19, 2007

Herge, prisoner of his own characters

Herge might have had taken some time off during the writing of the "Land of Black Gold". Here he is shown arrested by his own characters and forced back to work to finish the story. I cannot read what Segneur Oliviera da Figuera is saying, but the rest are loosely translated as follows (clockwise, from the left):

Haddock: "Blistring barnacles! You must fill these pages fast, dude!"
Oliviera:"..." [something about the servants of Professor Smith].
Thomson: " No more fun, my son! Back to work!"
Dr. Mueller: "Damn, he is going to send Tintin after me again!..."
Thompson: "To be precise: No more sun!"
Emir Ben Khalish Ezab: "Are you finally going to let Tintin rescue my darling Abdallah?"
Tintin: "That's right, my firends! Herge has been found! We are finally going to know the rest of "The Black Gold""!
Snowy: "How upsetting! I was quite enojying the break! He will be sending me again on new adventures"
Calculus: "I always said that you would find him if you look towards the west..."

Original ending to "The Shooting Star"

Here is the original ending to "The shooting Star", omitted from the books. Capitan Haddock, Professor Calys (renamed Phostle in the English edition) and Tintin are interviewed on the radio after returning form the North Pole about the significance of their trip. Herge plays a joke on his editor and the paper shortages during the war: Tintin's says in the last frame "There is a lot more I would like to say, but our editor tells me there is no more paper." This is adopted from the controversial book "Tintin mon copain" by Leon Degrelle. More will be coming from this book.