'''Tintin in the Land of the Soviets''' is the first Tintin story, published in the magazine ''Le Petit Vingtième'' in the years 1929 and 1930. The young reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy are sent by the newspaper to the Soviet Union to gather material to write articles about the conditions under the Bolshevik government. What follows is a long tirade of anti-communist propaganda: Tintin wanders around Russia uncovering the oppression and the dirty secrets of the government while being attacked by evil government officials every step of the way.

As you can imagine, research for this story was minimal; Hergé had only one written source for information when writing it. Hergé himself would later think of the story as his OldShame.

''Tintin in the Land of the Soviets'' is the only book in the series that has never been colourised or redrawn. As a result, it sticks out like a sore thumb if you're otherwise only familiar with the later, redrawn versions of Tintin's early adventures.

* AbortedArc: Tintin is sent off to Moscow and eventually gets there, but all kinds of events eventually lead him to other parts of Russia. Near the end of the story he tries to return to Moscow again, but after a failed attempt he just decides to go home. We also see him write his reports only once and he has to flee in the dead of night without taking all of his copies with him. So... in what way was his journalistic mission accomplished?
* AdaptedOut: This comic was never adapted into the animated series, for obvious reasons.
* AmusingInjuries: Happens a lot.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology and ArtisticLicenseEngineering: Tintin manages to fashion a propeller for a plane by cutting it with a pen knife from a tree. After spending a whole day and night doing this he simply puts it on the plane and flies away. Errr... didn't he need to sleep at one point, especially considering he has to concentrate on keeping a plane in the air?
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Herge depicts the communist economy as literally phony, with people just banging on iron to produce factory sounds and burning hay to provide factory smoke. Also he refers to bananas, Shell petrol and Huntley & Palmers biscuits, all of which didn't exist in the USSR at that time.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Soviet Russia seems to be nothing more than some dreary buildings and tundra. Hergé based all his knowledge about the country on one book, ''[[https://books.google.com/books?id=Z2BEAAAAIAAJ Moscou Unveiled]]'' by a Belgian Soviet diplomat named Joseph Douillet, which was a heavy anti-Soviet propaganda piece. Several scenes in the Tintin story are lifted directly from this book.
** Another example are the Chinese torturers who just happen to be working for Soviet policemen in Russia. HilariousInHindsight though is the fact that only 20 years later China would indeed become a Communist country!
* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: Many Russian names end with ''-ski'', despite the fact that this is more typical of Polish names.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Tintin freezes stuck in the ice after he falls into icy water. When Snowy manages to unfreeze him, he is totally unaffected by the effects of being frozen for so long, even able to find the energy to fight with the Russian cossack who carried him along.
* AuthorTract: Sort of. The tract was more Hergé's boss's, him having commissioned Hergé to write it as anti-Bolshevik propaganda for children.
* BananaPeel: A rare case of a banana peel being used to attempt assassination. [[ArtisticLicense Of course, bananas weren't really available in the Soviet Union at the time]]...
* BigBallOfViolence: The fight sequences are this.
* UsefulNotes/{{Cossacks}}: Tintin is captured by one when frozen in ice.
* CrapsackWorld: Soviet Russia is depicted as a horrible, poor dictatorship where all of Communism is apparently a fraud.
* CreatorProvincialism: Tintin departs and arrives back at the Brussels train station.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The story is in black-and-white and never colorized, because Hergé felt ashamed about it.
* DirtyCommunists: All communists are evil, according to this comic strip.
* DontExplainTheJoke: A lot of gags are exposed before they actually happen, for instance the banana peel gag.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** Tintin has no quiff for the first few pages, until a car chase puts his hair into motion. He is also seen writing journalistic paperwork for the first and last time in the series, though he never seems to send it to his newspaper, because that same night he is attacked in his hotel room and has to flee, without taking all those pages along with him. Snowy has a strange beard and he and Tintin clearly seem able to understand what they are saying to each other.
** In terms of story the album is more a RandomEventsPlot and a propaganda piece full of SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped lectures about the evilness and phoniness of Soviet communism. Many gags are set up and told in a very slow exposition that doesn't surprise the reader when they finally happen.
* HandcarPursuit
* InexplicableTreasureChests: Tintin discovers an underground Bolshevik hideaway in a haunted house. A Bolshevik then captures him and informs him, "You're in the hideout where Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin have collected together wealth stolen from the people!"
* InscrutableOriental: Tintin is brought to a torture cellar where he will be tortured by two emotionless Chinese tortureres.
* NationalStereotypes: The Russians are all miserably poor or spies for the government. Two Chinese torturers with pigtails appear too, as do English tourists smoking a DistinguishedGentlemansPipe and tweed jackets.
* PaperThinDisguise: A Russian spy disguises himself as a beggar, causing Tintin to take the man to a restaurant in pity. Snowy quickly figures out it's the same man who tried to attack Tintin earlier in the story.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Actually averted, which would later become very rare for the series. Tintin is explicitly being sent to Russia as a reporter, and we even see him talking to his boss about sending in articles.
* PokeThePoodle: One Russian's idea of making sure Tintin is shut up forever is... putting a banana peel on the door step so that Tintin will fall after he leaves the building again. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, that 'll show 'em!]]
* RandomEventsPlot: The "plot" is basically just Tintin wandering around and being attacked by DirtyCommunists. A lot of stuff just happens and several plot lines remain unresolved. Hergé later admitted that most of the early Tintin stories until ''[[Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus The Blue Lotus]]'' were just a "joke" to him. He drew them for fun and was often close to deadline when he still hadn't found a way to get his character out of the sticky situation he put him in the previous episode.
* RedScare: The story was drawn under demand of Hergé's boss, who wanted an anti-Communist story to warn their young readers about the evils of the ideology. The boss was a Catholic Priest with Fascist sympathies by the way, even having a portrait of UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini on his desk.
* RussianGuySuffersMost: The Russian people are depicted as people who are all hungry and poor, suffering under Communism.
* ScoobyDooHoax: The Bolsheviks use one of these to scare people away from their hidden stash of stolen goods. Tintin himself also dresses up as a BedsheetGhost to scare away his attackers at one point.
* ShoutOut:
** Tintin sings ''Au Clair De La Lune'' while fashioning a propeller from a tree using a pen knife all day and night.
** WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: The album ''Tintin in Paris'' that Lisa grabs in the episode ''Husbands And Knives'' has Tintin and Snowy striking the same pose as they did on this album cover.
* TimeMarchesOn: This entire story is obviously dated. Soviet Russia doesn't exist anymore, for starters.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Tintin is arrested at one point for blowing up a traincar and killing 218 people (actually an attempt to assassinate him). After he escapes, it is never mentioned or referenced again.
* YellowPeril: Two ''extremely'' stereotypical-looking (down to the long pigtails) Chinese men show up to torture Tintin.