Ampton Reads: Red Rackham’s Treasure

Red Rackham's Treasure might be the most popular Tintin book. It consistently has high sales, even today, and I would argue it’s the story with the greatest presence in the minds of the general public. I feel that I covered the backstory of this book well in the previous installment, and little changed in Hergé’s... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: The Crab with the Golden Claws

On the heels of King Ottokar’s Sceptre, Hergé started his next story, Land of the Black Gold. As I explained in the previous piece, it was not to be finished. Hergé was stationed in Antwerp as the story went on, sending installments back to his magazine, until he fell ill with sinusitis. The day he... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: King Ottokar’s Sceptre

Hergé began writing King Ottokar's Sceptre in 1938, under the name Tintin in Syldavia. As you may be aware, a significant event in world history was right around the corner, and most people in Europe could already feel it coming. Hergé himself had already written books about political satire, of course, but China and South... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: The Black Island

The Black Island is one of the most popular books in the Tintin series, set in Scotland, marking Tintin’s first trip north since he’d been to Soviet Russia. Hergé had initially been planning to continue his political stories and throw Tintin up against Nazi Germany, but a series of perplexing dreams about being trapped in... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: The Broken Ear

Hot on the success of The Blue Lotus, Hergé immediately attempted to dive into another story of foreign lands and sticking up for the little guy. His next target was South America and the damage that foreign interests were doing to their nations. He went for another tricky maneuver, but this time around, he didn't... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: The Blue Lotus

Tintin stories are frequently praised for their timelessness, and while the art and humour allows the stories to be read and enjoyed by people today, Hergé's tendency to lampoon specific historical events means that the context of some stories can be lost. Today I'm looking at The Blue Lotus, which arguably suffers from this effect... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: Cigars of the Pharaoh

Like many kids, I had my phase of being obsessed with Egyptian history. It was for this reason that Cigars of the Pharaoh used to be my favourite Tintin book. It's considered the first book after Hergé's early period, and marks a lot of firsts, including the arrival of Thompson and Thomson, Rastapopoulos's first proper... Continue Reading →

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