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Thorgal is a critically acclaimed[1] Belgian comic book series by the Belgian writer Jean Van Hamme and the Polish graphic artist Grzegorz Rosiński. It first appeared in serial form in the "Tintin" magazine in 1977, and has been published in hardcover volumes by Le Lombard from 1980 on. The Thorgal series with its bright plot that mixes science fiction, fantasy and adventures and very beautiful art, has won several prizes over the years. .

AlbumsEdit

The albums consist of several story arcs (marked with yellow) and many stand-alone stories. Jean Van Hamme wrote all the issues up to and including issue 29 - The Sacrifice. Subsequent issues were written by Yves Sente. Coloring was done by Grzegorz Rosiński up to and including issue 18. The coloring in issue 19 and subsequent issues is done by Graza.

Issue Title Year Notes
1. The Sorceress Betrayed 1980 English translation released in 1988 from Ink Publishing. Contains "The Island of Frozen Seas" as well. Out-of-print.
2. The Island of Frozen Seas 1980 English translation released in 1988 from Ink Publishing. Contained in "The Sorceress Betrayed." Out-of-print.
3. The Three Elders of Aran 1981
4. The Black Galley 1982 Start of the Brek Zarith story arc
5. Beyond the Shadows 1983
6. The Fall of Brek Zarith 1984 End of the Brek Zarith story arc
7. Child of the Stars 1984 3 short stories from Thorgal's youth
8. Alinoë 1985
9. The Archers 1985 Start of the Qa story arc
10. The Land of Qa 1986
11. The Eyes of Tanatloc 1986
12. City of the Lost God 1987
13. Between Earth and Sun 1988 End of the Qa story arc
14. Aaricia 1989 4 short stories from Aaricia's youth
15. The Master of the Mountains 1989
16. Wolf Cub 1990
17. The Guardian of the Keys 1991
18. The Sun Sword 1992
19. The Invisible Fortress 1993 Start of the Shaigan story arc
20. The Brand of the Exiles 1994
21. Ogotai's Crown 1995
22. Giants 1996
23. The Cage 1997

End of the Shaigan story arc.

24. Arachnéa 1999 Not yet translated into English.
25. Le Mal Bleu 1999 Not yet translated into English.
26. Le Royaume sous le Sable 2001 Not yet translated into English.
27. The Barbarian 2002 Not yet translated into English.
28. Kriss of Valnor 2004 Not yet translated into English.
29. The Sacrifice 2006 Not yet translated into English.
30. I, Jolan 2007 Not yet translated into English.
31. Thor's shield 2008 Not yet translated into English.
32. The Battle of Asgard 2010 Not yet translated into English.
33. The Sabre-Boat 2011 Not yet translated into English.
34. Kah-Aniel 2013 Not yet translated into English.
35. Le Feu écarlate 2016 Not yet translated into English.

TranslationEdit

The original language of Thorgal is French. It has been translated into the following languages (not a complete list, please add):

English publicationEdit

Thorgal was first published in English by Donning Company Publishers in 1986.

Cinebook Ltd has begun reprinting the series in 2007.[2] Unfortunately they've printed the series in the wrong order and numerous albums have been collected into single volumes. An employee of Cinebook Ltd explained the confusing decision as being a response to "customer feedback":

Regarding the volumes versus stories thing, this change was in response to customer feedback. Personally, I think I prefer the double-albums, but it is a bit harder to get people to pick up the first volume when it costs that little bit more. Also, it means we can translate and publish them faster. So, you get less, more often.
- CaNNoN_FoDDa[3]

The current volumes released by Cinebook Ltd are:

  1. Child of the Stars (ISBN 9781905460236) - (collects Child of the Stars and Aaricia)
  2. The Three Elders of Aran (ISBN 9781905460311) - (collects The Three Elders of Aran and The Black Galley)
  3. Beyond the Shadows (ISBN 9781905460458) - (collects Beyond the Shadows and The Fall of Brek Zarith)
  4. The Archers (ISBN 9781905460670) - (collects Alinoë and Les Archers)
  5. The Land of Qa (ISBN 9781905460809) - (collects Le Pays Qâ and Les Yeux de Tanatloc)
  6. City of the Lost God (ISBN 9781849180016) - (collects La Cité du Dieu Perdu and Entre Terre et Lumière)
  7. The Master of the Mountains (ISBN 9781849180238) - (contains Le Maître des Montagnes)
  8. Wolf Cub (ISBN 9781849180351) - (contains Louve)
  9. The Guardian of the Keys (ISBN 9781849180504) - (contains La Gardienne des Clés)
  10. The Sun Sword (ISBN 9781849180573) - (contains L'épée-soleil)
  11. The Invisible Fortress (ISBN 9781849181037) - (contains La Forteresse Invisible)
  12. The Brand of the Exiles (ISBN 9781849181365) - (contains La Marque des Bannis)
  13. Ogotai's Crown (ISBN 9781849181426) - (contains La Couronne d'Ogotaï)

CensorshipEdit

Cinebook Ltd's English publication of Thorgal is marred by censorship. Panels with nudity are altered so that nipples among other things are covered up. An employee of Cinebook Ltd had this explanation:

"We do censor some of the imagery in our books. There are some restrictions on what we can publish, particularly in the US, in terms of adult content. Mainland Europe are much more liberal about these things than the UK or US and, in the US, if we were to publish some scenes of nudity in one book we would run the risk of distributors dropping us completely. In order to reach the largest audience possible, we have opted to censor nudity (by adding clothes, steam, hair...) with the consent of the right-holders (usually including the artist).
The boss does have a vague idea to create an imprint for adult titles, but we want to concentrate on getting books to the widest possible audience for the moment."
...
"We're not censoring for the sake of censoring - I think we'd all prefer to keep the original art. But if it's a choice between getting distributed and making a few small changes to elements not key to the storyline, it's a bit of a no-brainer. You have to be looking for it to notice it (or compare the original)."
- CaNNoN_FoDDa[4]

The following issues have been censored by Cinebook (not complete list, please add!):

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