Tag: Hergé

Mr. Pump’s Legacy

Mr. Pump’s Legacy by Hergé; trans. Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper & Michael Turner (Methuen, 1987) [from Le Testament de Monsieur Pump, 1951] Hergé’s children’s adventure series opens here with a comedic salvo (a four-page cameo from the speed-obsessed Mr. Pump) before settling into the improbable thriller/action sequences and manifold lucky escapes that dominate early Tintin volumes. Eyebrows raise at such derring-do from…

Tintin: The Castafiore Emerald

Tintin: The Castafiore Emerald by Hergé, trans. Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper & Michael Turner (Methuen, 1963) A truly delightful instalment. Hergé casts aside Tintin’s usual action-adventuring in favour of a manor house mystery full of playful misdirection. Even while humour and slapstick abound, he gives his fans a knowing wink (note the front cover) and subverts their expectations.