The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Belgium’s leading francophone newspaper, tintin les 7 boules de cristal pdf December 1943 amidst the German occupation of Belgium during World War II. The story was cancelled abruptly following the Allied liberation in September 1944, when Hergé was accused of collaborating with the occupying Germans and banned from working.
After he was cleared two years later, the story was then serialised weekly in the new Tintin magazine from September 1946 to April 1948. The story revolves around the investigations of a young reporter Tintin and his friend Captain Haddock into the abduction of their friend Professor Calculus and its connection to a mysterious illness which has afflicted the members of an archaeological expedition to Peru.
The Seven Crystal Balls was a commercial success and was published in book form by Casterman shortly after its conclusion. Hergé concluded the arc begun in this story with Prisoners of the Sun, while the series itself became a defining part of the Franco-Belgian comics tradition. Critics have ranked The Seven Crystal Balls as one of the best Adventures of Tintin, describing it as the most frightening instalment in the series. The story was adapted for the 1969 Belvision film, Tintin and the Temple of the Sun and for the 1991 animated series The Adventures of Tintin by Ellipse and Nelvana.
Young reporter Tintin, his dog Snowy, and his friend Captain Haddock spend an evening at the music hall. There, they witness the performance of a clairvoyant, Madame Yamilah, who predicts the illness of one of the Sanders-Hardiman expedition members, who recently returned from an archaeological expedition to the Andes mountains. They also view the act of a knife thrower whom Tintin recognises as General Alcazar, former President of San Theodoros.
The next day, they learn that the members of the Sanders-Hardiman expedition are falling into comas, with fragments of a shattered crystal ball found near each victim. Concerned, Tintin, Haddock, and their friend Professor Calculus visit Calculus’s old friend Professor Hercules Tarragon, the only expedition member yet to be affected.
Professor Tarragon is under police guard, and he shows his visitors the mummified body of Inca king Rascar Capac, which the expedition brought back with them from Peru. A lightning storm strikes the house and sends ball lightning down the chimney and onto the mummy—which evaporates. Worried, Tarragon states that this reflects the culmination of Capac’s prophecy, which declares that punishment will descend upon those who desecrate his tomb. Spending the stormy night at Tarragon’s house, Tintin, Haddock, and Calculus are each awoken by a dream involving Capac’s mummy.
The next day, Calculus is walking on the grounds of Tarragon’s house when he discovers one of the mummy’s bracelets, which he places on himself. Tintin and Haddock later realise that Calculus has gone missing, and surmise that he has been kidnapped by the same individual who placed Tarragon in a coma. The police set up road blocks, but the kidnappers switch cars and are able to evade them.