Popol out West
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Popol out West is the English title of the comic book for young children written by the creator of The Adventures of Tintin, Hergé. In French it is called Popol et Virginie chez les lapinos and was released in the 1930s, when his publishers asked Hergé to write a comic for very young children, for whom Tintin was too mature. It appeared Between February 8 and August 16, 1934 in Le Petit Vingtième, the newspaper supplement of Le XXe Siècle that also published The Adventures of Tintin. Hergé disliked the story, and had already used it twice before in two other stories for younger children, The Adventures of Tim the Squirrel out West and The Adventures of Tom and Millie.
Initially, no album was made of the story, contrary to what happened with The Adventures of Tintin and Quick and Flupke at the time. However, in 1948, the story was republished in Tintin magazine, and in 1952 Casterman published the first edition of the album. Different reeditions would follow, with a different jacket since 1968.
The story is about a squirrel hatter called Popol who has moved, with his wife Virginia, and talking blue donkey, to the wild west to sell hats. However there lies the warring native American rabbits (the Bunnokees) and bully outlaw dog.
The English editions are and hard to find because only two have been published, in 1969 and in 1992; thus, they are valuable to collectors.
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