Comic Book Cats, number 61: Les Aventures de Tintin #13

Comic Book Cats, number 61: Les Aventures de Tintin #13: Les 7 Boules de Cristal, written & drawn by Hergé, published by Casterman in 1948. Translated to English as The Adventures of Tintin #13: The Seven Crystal Balls and published by Methuen in 1962.

Georges Rémi under the pen name Hergé chronicled the globe-spanning adventures of teenage journalist Tintin for 55 years, from 1929 to 1983. The various Tintin epics were initially serialized in magazines and subsequently collected in 23 graphic novel collections. A 24th adventure was left unfinished at the time of Hergé’s death.

Tintin was always accompanied by his faithful fox terrier Snowy. On this page we see Snowy chasing about the unnamed Siamese cat who lives in Marlinspike Hall, which is owned by Tintin’s friend Captain Haddock. Snowy’s pursuit of the cat and their run-in with Nestor the butler on this nearly dialogue-free page offers a good demonstration for Hergé’s adeptness at rendering both action and physical comedy.

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