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Hergé is known worldwide for his plucky, globetrotting, strikingly quiffed hero Tintin. But before the runaway success of this character, the struggling Belgian cartoonist created a number of shorter-lived and less well-known series and characters. By far the loopiest were 1934's Peppy and Virginny ("Popol" and "Virginie" in the original), a couple of haberdashers who journeyed to the Wild West in search of new clientele, accompanied by their trusty horse Bluebell- where they ran into savage Indian tribes, evil bandits, and much more. They experienced only one adventure, but it was a doozy! The crisp, "clear line" drawing style of the earliest vintage Tintin albums combines with a freewheeling, farcical storyline and engaging funny-animal characters (the leads are bears, the Indians are rabbits with ears for feathers, and the main villain is a bulldog) and gorgeous Euro-album coloring to make this a genuine oddball classic of Franco-Belgian comics, and Fantagraphics is proud to present its first American release (and its first English-language release in two decades). With the Spielberg/Jackson Tintin adaptations and a steady flow of new books about Tintin and his creator (such as last year's Adventures of Hergé graphic-novel biography), work by Hergé remains in high demand and this book shows a fascinatingly idiosyncratic facet of his career. And it's a rollicking, hilarious, kid-friendly (if you can give the non-PC 1930s "Injuns" a pass) read to boot.