Prisoners of the Sun

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First edition album (Belgium) published in 1949.

Following the kidnapping of Professor Calculus in The Seven Crystal Balls, Tintin and his trusty companions, Captain Haddock and Snowy, travel to Peru. With the help of a young local named Zorrino, the three follow Calculus’s trail through Andean villages and over snow-capped mountains, dodging the dangers of the Amazon rain forest before managing to find the Temple of the Sun.

Despite their good intentions, the heroes of the story are taken as villains by the hidden Incan civilization they discover. Unfortunately, the Incas have an extremely unpleasant way of dealing with people who disturb their esoteric rituals: they burn them on fires started with the rays of the sun! How will Tintin and Captain Haddock escape?

Prisoners of the Sun

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Following The Seven Crystal Balls, this episode invites us to discover the Incan empire, which perished in the sixteenth century under the Spanish conquest led by Francisco Pizarro. Hergé brings us a colorful and exotic adventure, full of beautiful images of Peru’s wildlife and jungles. The album also gives us a convincing and fascinating picture of the Incas, including their ritual ceremonies, clothing, chants, funeral rites and architecture.

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Prisoners of the Sun


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