Upcoming: new Herge book to be published by Fantagraphics

Published On November 6, 2012 | By Joe Gordon | Comics

Great news for Herge fans: Fantagraphics will be reprinting his 1934 work Peppy and Virginny in Lapinoland- the first English language translation of the work in over 50 years:  Tintin publishers Methuen  previously released a version which was distributed in the UK in the 1960s. Due sometime next year, this will mark the first American publication of the book, which will be given the full colour, hardback treatment and is 56 pages in length. I’ll admit to never having heard of this before, but like many people, I’m a huge Tintin  and Herge buff, so really very excited about this news.

Peppy and Virginny, our protagonists and haberdashers, seek out new clientele in the Wild West with the aid of their horse, Bluebell. The pair have multiple run-ins with evil bandits, Indian tribes and much more as engaging funny-animal characters (rabbits and bulldogs and bears, oh my!). Hergé’s clear line drawing style of the earliest vintage Tintin albums takes a walk on the farcical side that is hilarious and all-ages (as long as you explain the non-PC 1930s use of the word “Injuns”).

UPDATE: Garen informs me there was a second (equally rare) English language printing of the book in 1992, published by Mammoth under the title of Popol Out West, which makes Fantagraphics’ version the third English translation overall and the first one in 13 years. Phew! Thanks Garen!


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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

4 Responses to Upcoming: new Herge book to be published by Fantagraphics

  1. Garen says:

    As you say, Methuen published ‘Popol Out West’ (the UK title) in 1969, but I have an English language edition published by Mammoth (an imprint of Mandarin – an imprint of Octopus – part of Reed International!) from 1992, so it has been around more recently.

  2. Zainab says:

    Thanks for that Garen- you are, of course, right. Was working from the information on the Fantagraphics site: they don’t seem to be aware of the second printing, though it does seem quite obscure!( Were Mammoth the Reed imprint that took over Methuen’s children’s list before it moved on to Egmont?)

  3. Paul Louis says:

    Great news indeed!

    And I hope they will also do the reprinting of the long forgotten KAPROEN – THE MOVIE SCRAPBOOK:


  4. Derek says:

    Great post Zainab, you got some excellent articles, I’ve been reading quite a few, will definitely be back, thanks.