Tintin and the five versions of the Shark Lake

In the 1970s, the cartoon Tintin and the Shark Lake appeared in the cinemas. As a result, various comic strips were produced and published. Of these publications, however, only one has been officially released as an album. If you include the animation film, there are five different versions of the Shark Lake. In addition to the cartoon film (1973) there is a sticky picture album (1973/1974), the official album containing a combination of drawings and film stills (editions from 1973), a black and white comic in French (1973) and a colored comic by Bob de Moor, which is only pre-published in the Netherlands in two magazines (1973 and 1974).

The story of Tintin and the Shark Lake

In museums worldwide, works of art are being replaced by burglaries by counterfeits. At the same time, Tintin, Bobbie, Captain Haddock and the two detectives Jansen and Janssen travel to Syldavië. After switching to a small 2-engine plane, they get engine trouble. The pilot jumps out of the plane with parachute, leaving the company behind. After a major emergency landing, the crashed aircraft is on fire. Fortunately, they get the help of the two Syldavian children Niko and Noesjka. Eventually they arrive undamaged at their destination, the villa on the edge of the Flechizaff lake of Professor Zonnebloem. There the professor is working on the photographic production of three-dimensional duplicates of objects.
Soon Tintin and his friends are confronted with a burglary by a man in diving clothing. He can hardly escape Bobbie's bites in the lake. Moments later, Tintin discovers a hidden cave full of art treasures. Probably the robbery of art thefts at museums. Meanwhile, Niko and Noesjka are kidnapped by two frogmen. Tintin manages to escape the villa unseen and travels to the town of Klow. Along the way he happens to meet Bianca Castafiore and her pianist Mr. Wagner, who travel through Syldavia by car. Arriving at the police station, Tintin tells about the kidnapping and arranges that the one-man submarine of professor Zonnebloem (see the story for this) Tintin and the darling of Scarlet Rackham) is being transferred to Syldavia.
Tintin and the dive boat arrive at the villa with a truck. Moments later, Tintin steps into a submarine of the crooks with a scaled-down model of the duplication invention, which acts as a ransom. Captain Haddock starts the chase with the single-person submarine. Tintin finally arrives via a drowned village in the underwater shelter of the crooks. It appears that Rastapopoulus is the leader of the gang. At the same time, Niko and Noeshka escape with an amphibian tank and sail underwater through the lake. However, they are returned via a remote control. In addition, torpedoes are being fired at Captain Haddock's submarine.
However, the police have now also arrived and are sailing on the lake with boats. That is why Rastapopoulus decides to blow up the secret location via a time / water mechanism. He escapes with a villain in a submarine. Tintin and the two children, however, manage to get to safety before things are blown up. Due to a stupid mistake by Rastapopoulus, his submarine is damaged and he and his subordinate have to surrender to Tintin and Captain Haddock.
The story in Tintin and the Shark Lake concludes with a party given by Syldavian neighbors. The nightingale of Milan, Bianca Castafiore, and Mr. Wagner are also present.

Number 1: The Belgian-French animated feature film (1972)

In 1972 the cartoon Tintin and the Shark Lake appear in the cinemas. Raymond Leblanc is a producer. This 73-minute animation film is a co-production of the Belgian animation studio Belvision and the French publishing company Dargaud. Dargaud is currently publishing the French-language magazine Tintin (Tintin). With the production of the Shark Lake, the spiritual father of Tintin, Hergé (1907-1983), had nothing to do other than generate some publicity around the cartoon film. The story is therefore not based on one of the existing stories from the series The Adventures of Tintin. The story is written by Michel Regnier (1931-1999), better known as Greg. He is a Belgian draftsman who both drew comics and devised scenarios for others. In addition, the Flemish cartoonist Bob de Moor (1925-1992), an employee of the Studio Hergé from the very beginning, worked as a graphic consultant.
The cartoon was shown in cinemas around Christmas in 1972. It was released on VHS in the 1980s. In 1983 under the Artel label, in 1986 Brabant Video and finally in 1998 by Polygram. Also comes on laser disc Tintin and the Shark Lake from. The language choice is Dutch or German. The laser disc is released by ArTel sometime in the 1990s. The laser discs, also called image plates, are thirty cm wide. The first image plate was launched on the market in 1991 and the last one in Japan in 2001. The laser disk has not become a commercial success. The cartoon was released on DVD in 2001 and 2004 by Universal Studios. In 2015 is Tintin and the Shark Lake downloadable for six euros at the itunes store.

Number 2: A comic album with sticky pictures with text underneath (1972)

At the end of 1972, a compilation comic strip album was released as a result of the animation film Tintin and the Shark Lake. This album was not written or signed by Hérge, but was made by employees of Studio Hergé. For this they used still images from the cartoon. Below the drawings are the short texts. An example. Under the image to be pasted concerning the duplication of the two bowler hats is written: "Here I put the models," says the professor, placing the hats next to the cubes of pasta under the device. "And now look carefully, friends. I press the buttons and I turn everything on ...".
The pictures for the compilation album come out in 1973. For 5 Belgian francs you bought a bag containing five plates. On the back there is a number that corresponds to the number of the empty box in the picture collection album. You have to glue the pictures into it yourself. They measure 7.2 cm by 4.9 cm. To get the album complete you need 202 sticky pictures.
The following text is on the front of the compilation album: Tintin and the Shark Lake. The famous Hergé figures Tintin and Bobbie in the film footage of Raymond Leblanc. In this album a beautiful Tintin poster in colors. It is a staple album, measuring 24.0 cm by 34.0 cm, a maximum of eight pictures on one page and it has been published by Vanderhout. This publishing house released many different types of collector album albums in the late 1960s and 1970s. So you have Football stars 1968-1969 (1969), Mexico 70 (1970), Tarzan compilation album (1971), Lucky Luke compilation album (1972) and Asterix from 1973.

Number 3: Comic album with speech bubbles (1973)

Casterman becomes the comic album in 1973 Tintin and the Shark Lake released. It concerns drawings by Bob de Moor depicted on the backgrounds used for the cartoon film. Speech bubbles are also used in the album. This version is pre-published in the Tintin magazine, in the numbers 49 (1972) to number 8 (1973). Only this story has been published and reissued by Casterman since 1973. Catawiki publications are known from the following years on the collector's site: 1973, 1975, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1997.

Number 4: Black and white strip by Bob de Moor (1972/1973)

From December 1972 to January 1973 the French-white Belgian Le Soir becomes the black-and-white version Tintin and le Lac aux Requins published in sixty-six episodes. The full story is signed by Bob de Moor. However, this version is not translated into Dutch or released in an album. There is now an illegal version in French. This book is titled: Tintin and le Lac aux Requins. Version originale. Le Soir. It measures 28 cm by 21 cm. Number of pages is twenty-six, of which twenty-two is the Shark Strip.

Number 5: A colored shark lake by Bob de Moor (1973)

In two Dutch magazines a colored version of Haaienmeer appears on the basis of Bob de Moor. This includes the youth comic book Pep and the television magazine Televizier. This is a version that also deviates from the French-language black and white version on certain points. It is therefore not only colored.
In the PEP it is printed in numbers 22 to 44 in 1973. On the left page the following text is mentioned at the top: From the great cartoon film by Raymond Leblanc, made by Belvision. On the right page you can read at the top: Scenario: Greg. Text and illustrations: Studios Hergé. Translation: Jan van Erp. Color: Hans Keeris. The lettering is handwritten, in contrast to the album that is released with typed letters. The colors are also completely different from the album.
In the television magazine Televizier of the AVRO it appeared in twenty-two episodes, from 11 June to 2 November 1974. This concerns the numbers 23 to 45 of this magazine. The following is mentioned under the title: 'With the famous figures of Hergé - After the cartoon film of the same name by Raymond Leblanc. Realization: BELVISION. Original scenario: Greg '. No official album has been released either.
In 1995 and 2014 a number of illegal editions appear on the Dutch market that tell the story Tintin and the Shark Lake as it appeared in the Pep in 1973 print. This concerns limited expenses. In 1995 this involved two linen hardcovers; a yellow colored with Tintin in a cave on the front (50 copies, numbered 1 to 50) and a blue colored linen hardcover with the same front as the yellow variant, but now numbered from A to E. Both albums measure 18 , 50 cm by 23.00 cm.
Illegal hard covers from Het Haaienmeer will be published again in 2014. These albums have 81 pages, because they have a 36-page introduction. The story itself has 44 pages. These illegal editions were issued with four different fronts. On one front Haddock and Bobbie are sitting in a submarine (20 copies), on another you see Tintin with his enemy Rastapopoulos (20 copies), further one with Tintin in a submerged room (20 copies) and the last, Haddock in a rubber boat and Tintin in the water (99 copies). All albums measure 23.50 cm by 30.90 cm.
In the illegal editions from 2014, the texts at the top as they were placed with the Pep publication are missing and the 'to be continued' message that is mentioned at the bottom right of every last publication page of the relevant issue is missing. The illegal edition lacks the sharpness and clarity of the official publication in Pep ...

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