Tintin in the Land of the Soviets

On 10 January 1929, a young reporter boarded a train from Brussels to Moscow accompanied by his dog, Snowy. It was the start of Tintin's first great adventure and the beginning of Hergé's career. The Adventures of Tintin, Reporter for "Le Petit Vingtième", Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, was published as a book in 1930. That year marks the birth of a legend and the start of one of the most engaging relationships between fiction and reality, of the twentieth century.
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets - Cover
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets - Title page
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This adventure was issued in album form and the first 500 copies were numbered and signed by "Tintin et Milou". The first edition of this comic book is now very rare and costs a fortune! With the exception of a reissue in 1969 for the personal use of Hergé, again limited to 500 copies, more than forty years elapsed before this adventure was published again in 1973.
Covers of Tintin in the Land of the Soviets from 1930 to 2017
© Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024

Tintin in the Land of the Soviets

Tintin, famous reporter with Le Petit Vingtième, departs for the USSR with his faithful friend Snowy. He is on a mission to find out, and report to his young readers back home, the state of affairs in Soviet Russia. This adventure was the birth of a legend and the first editions of the book have themselves achieved legendary status among collectors.

A loyal companion from the beginning

From the outset, Snowy is there at his master's heel. Unusually for a dog however, he thinks and speaks like a human being, and comes to Tintin's aid time and time again. His loyalty and sincerity never fail to raise a smile.
© Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024

Top reporter

These pictures are notable for a simple yet amazing fact: they are the first and only time that Tintin the famous reporter is shown to be writing a newspaper article! Tintin's exploits, nevertheless, will become a kind of first hand reporting followed not only by readers of Le Petit Vingtième, but by millions of fans worldwide.
© Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024

A rollercoaster

From an artistic perspective, Hergé's drawings of Tintin and Snowy were still in embryonic stage, and would radically develop in future adventures. This first adventure also lacks any kind of plot, as Hergé improvised with relentless action scene after scene. Readers traverse Russia at breakneck speed on a rollercoaster ride of boats, planes, trains and automobiles.
© Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024

An historic work

Casterman delayed for a long time before publishing further editions of this story. They worried that although it was obviously historical, the views expressed in the story were somewhat dated, and it was set in an obscure era unknown to young readers. Nevertheless, later publications of this adventure would sell hundreds of thousands of copies.
© Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024

Hergé's style evolves

Keen readers of the first Tintin book will be able to spot certain scenes that Hergé would later enhance for other adventures. These frames illustrate this evolution of style between similar scenes from Land of the Soviets and Red Rackham's Treasure.
© Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024

The animals

Animals play an important role in Tintin's adventures. During an interview with the French writer Numa Sadoul, Hergé remarked. "I really admired Benjamin Rabier. His work was engraved so deeply in my memory that I must have been heavily influenced by it, while drawing my animals
© Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024

The missing page

In Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, a page disappeared! Browse a modern copy of this book and you'll notice a page missing ! between pages 101 and 102. Not to worry, as we've reproduced it here for your inspection! This elusive page was included in the original publication of the story in Le Petit Vingtième, but was left out of the 1930 book edition.
© Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024
19 reviews
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28/12/2023 16:23 PM
I bought this one as a Christmas gift to myself this year. I’m still waiting for a day off work so I can read it in my red chair with a side of chai
09/09/2023 20:15 PM
very strange story
to be precise very strange indeed
25/06/2023 18:44 PM
Beware the fangirls were mentally dating Tintin!
04/06/2023 01:50 AM
27/04/2023 20:49 PM
my next tintin to get
16/03/2023 04:56 AM
excellent book best and original
30/01/2023 20:34 PM
عشق منه
23/01/2023 12:24 PM
Thanks for including the missing page.
10/01/2023 07:09 AM
An exhilarating adventure, delightful to read from childhood.
10/10/2022 08:53 AM
24/07/2022 16:43 PM
Wait now I have a new favourite album land of black gold and crab with the golden claws
02/05/2022 14:53 PM
Right now this is my favourite.
16/04/2022 09:43 AM
17/01/2022 00:14 AM
A very interesting debut!
29/09/2021 20:40 PM
in Persian:
تن‌تن در سرزمین شوروی
02/08/2021 16:50 PM
i really like tintin books, especielly the land of sovits
13/06/2021 15:02 PM
Tintin In The Land Of Soviets
07/04/2021 19:10 PM
By my print of tintin in the land of the soviets i have the missing page! (i don't know for sure from what date the book is but i know that it is the first print of the dutch version of it)
10/12/2020 15:34 PM
but its really missing
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