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Trivia / Tintin - Tintin in the Land of the Soviets

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  • Accidentally Correct Writing: While nearly everything about the Soviet Union's depiction in this story is laughably inaccurate, one thing that actually was Truth in Television (albeit probably exaggerated) was the "election" seen halfway through the story, with several former USSR citizens attesting in later years that implied and even open threats of violence toward voters weren't too out of the ordinary. Obviously the open stuff would have been the exception rather than the norm given the Soviet's more subtle way of purging.
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  • Creator Backlash: Not exactly what Hergé would call his favorite Tintin strip right now.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: As Herge despised the story and refused to republish it, for many years only the original 1930's editions remained available in circulation and at very high prices; notably this led many fans to visit the Bibliothèque Nationale in order to read the copy held there. Fan demand finally led to a tiny run of 500 being published in 1969 but this did nothing to decrease demand and by the 1970's a number of bootleg editions were being produced and sold. As such Herge relented and in 1973 it would be reprinted in the Archives Hergé collection. With bootlegs still circulating Casterman finally produced a facsimile edition in 1981. English readers had to wait until 1989 to finally read the book in an official edition.
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  • Life Imitates Art: Hergé and his magazine colleagues staged an event where an actor portraying Tintin and a white fox terrier would arrive at the station of Brussels, just like the characters did at the end of the story. Hergé liked the publicity stunt, but didn't expect anyone to be there. To his surprise the place was crowded with enthusiastic fans! It was such a success that it was done again with Tintin in The Congo.
  • Referenced by...: The album Tintin in Paris that Lisa grabs in the episode of The Simpsons "Husbands And Knives" has Tintin and Snowy striking the same pose as they did on this album cover.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Real life example for Herge and this book, inspite of multiple offers and requests he stuck to his guns for more than forty years when it came to not reprinting Soviet's under any circumstances. This included turning down a World War II request from a German company who wanted to use it in the Axis war effort as Anti-Soviet propaganda!


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