Cigars of the Pharaoh

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First edition album (Belgium) published in 1934.

While on vacation, Tintin meets eccentric Egyptologist Dr. Sarcophagus, who leads him to the tomb of the Pharaoh Kih-Oskh. Suddenly, Tintin’s new friend disappears, and while searching for him in the tomb, Tintin finds strange cigars bearing the pharaoh’s symbol! Although he doesn’t know it yet, Tintin has stumbled upon a network of opium smugglers.

The brave reporter sets off across Egypt (Port Said, Cairo, the pyramids and the Red Sea) and India. On the hunt for the Egyptologist and the meaning behind the cigars, he makes friends with elephants, narrowly avoids falling victim to the poison of madness and saves a maharajah from a killer tiger…pure excitement from start to finish!

Cigars of the Pharaoh

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The mysteries of ancient Egypt were hot topics at the time Hergé wrote Cigars of the Pharaoh. People all over the world were still astonished by Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 and the mysterious, ancient rituals it revealed. Following the discovery, some members of Howard Carter’s team fell ill or died in mysterious circumstances, sparking a rumor that they had been struck down by magic: the pharaoh’s curse!

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