Tintin in the Land of the Soviets is the only one of the
series of 24 cartoon stories that has only ever appeared in
black and white and the new version will recreate the colors
used in the subsequent works.
The nine volumes that followed, including Tintin in America and
the Blue Lotus, initially came out in black and white but were
re-released in color from the 1940s by Georges Remi, known as
Herge, who then switched to color-only cartoons.
Casterman's artistic director Michel Bareau said the new edition
had taken since 2014 to get right.
It is not entirely clear why Herge chose not to re-issue Tintin
in the Land of the Soviets in color. Some critics consider it
Herge's most primitive piece and believe the artist was
embarrassed by it.
The story has Tintin narrowly escaping from a bomb on a train in
Berlin and then being pursued by Soviet secret police.
Casterman said the thoughts of Herge, who died in 1983, were
unknown but a color edition made the story far more accessible.
At an event in central Brussels this weekend, Tintin fans
dressed as characters were broadly positive.
"I was very happy with it when it was still in black and white
but after all, why not? You have to move with the times. It's
the only album that was not in color, so maybe it's a good
thing," said Marc Bosmans, a Brussels local dressed as Tintin.
(Reporting by Christian Levaux Writing by Philip Blenkinsop;
Editing by Louise Ireland)
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