This album is part of a so called “Alternative edition” of the “The Black Island ” published in 1943. Hergé ordered the publication of only 10 copies intended for sending to the newspapers that could use it for publication. Only 3 copies of this “alternative edition” are known to exist worldwide.
Unique piece of comic book history
This particular copy is even more unique. It was never sent, but used as a working document to prepare the modern version of “The Black Island”. Therefore it is full of handwritten comments by Hergé and Bob De Moor. The comic book master cut out some drawings which he wanted redone and the red cross on the cover shows that he wanted a new cover design. The album is a unique piece of comic book history which documents the amount of detail an perfectionism Hergé put into the Tintin albums.
Catawiki expects the album to go up to as much as 95,000 euros. This would make the comic book the most expensive Tintin album ever. At present, 47,000 euros are already being offered.
The album was sold for € 68,501