At that time, the Aniotas are a political issue for the Belgian government. This tribal secret society opposed to white civilization promotes murder and claims for cannibalism. Their ritual includes a leopard costume to perform the murders. The popularity of Tintin in the village concerns the local witch-doctor who is also an Aniota and of course desires to suppress the hero.
Casterman publishes from 1934 the Tintin albums, still in black and white at that time. Tintin au Congo is reissued in 1937 without changes to the stripes constituting the story but with the insertion of a few additional pictures in full page size.
An original drawing for one of these 24 x 18 cm new pictures is estimated € 300K for sale by Artcurial in Paris on November 21, lot 105. Here is the link to the press release of the sale.
The scene is spectacular. Tintin is dressed in hunting costume, quietly waiting for the game. Snowy sleeps. Behind them, the man-leopard is coming without noise, ready to catch Tintin in his long claws. A detail demonstrates the refinement in Hergé's art : the eyes of the hood fit into the row of the leopard spots.
The accusations of racism that made suspend the publication of Tintin au Congo for several years began much later, at the time of the independence of Congo.
SOLD for € 620K before fees