Thorgal is a critically acclaimed 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. .
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.|
The original language of Thorgal is French. It has been translated into the following languages (not a complete list, please add):
Thorgal was first published in English by Donning Company Publishers in 1986.
Cinebook Ltd has begun reprinting the series in 2007. 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
The current volumes released by Cinebook Ltd are:
- Child of the Stars (ISBN 9781905460236) - (collects Child of the Stars and Aaricia)
- The Three Elders of Aran (ISBN 9781905460311) - (collects The Three Elders of Aran and The Black Galley)
- Beyond the Shadows (ISBN 9781905460458) - (collects Beyond the Shadows and The Fall of Brek Zarith)
- The Archers (ISBN 9781905460670) - (collects Alinoë and Les Archers)
- The Land of Qa (ISBN 9781905460809) - (collects Le Pays Qâ and Les Yeux de Tanatloc)
- City of the Lost God (ISBN 9781849180016) - (collects La Cité du Dieu Perdu and Entre Terre et Lumière)
- The Master of the Mountains (ISBN 9781849180238) - (contains Le Maître des Montagnes)
- Wolf Cub (ISBN 9781849180351) - (contains Louve)
- The Guardian of the Keys (ISBN 9781849180504) - (contains La Gardienne des Clés)
- The Sun Sword (ISBN 9781849180573) - (contains L'épée-soleil)
- The Invisible Fortress (ISBN 9781849181037) - (contains La Forteresse Invisible)
- The Brand of the Exiles (ISBN 9781849181365) - (contains La Marque des Bannis)
- Ogotai's Crown (ISBN 9781849181426) - (contains La Couronne d'Ogotaï)
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
The following issues have been censored by Cinebook (not complete list, please add!):
- The Fall of Brek Zarith (Thorgal part 6)
- The Archers (Thorgal part 9)
- Between Earth and Sun (Thorgal part 13)
- The Guardian of the Keys (Thorgal part 17)