Le dernier Pharaon (the last Pharaoh) is the title of the Blake and Mortimer album designed by François Schuiten and co-written with Thomas Gunzig and Jaco Van Dormael. The album is coloured by Laurent Durieux.
The album is released as the 11th album in the “Autour de Blake et Mortimer” series. The release date of Le dernier Pharaon is May 29, 2019. The French and Dutch versions were released at the same time.
The making of this album took over three years. You can find a dossier about the making of this album at Blake and Mortimer by François Schuiten.
On May 28, 1952 in the journal Tintin, Professor Mortimer left Horus' room struck by amnesia. Sheik Abdel Razek had erased from his memory any memory of the discovery of the treasures of Pharaoh Akhenaten hidden in this secret chamber under the Great Pyramid of Cheops. From this adventure there remained only an enigmatic ring on Mortimer's finger. Abdel Razek did not give him the key. Sixty-seven years later, François Schuiten, Jaco Van Dormael, Thomas Gunzig and Laurent Durieux will help an aging Mortimer, quarreled with Captain Blake, to discover the secret of the ring.
The 80s. Professor Mortimers nightmares begin the day he studies strange radiation escaping from the Brussels Courthouse: a powerful magnetic field causes aurora borealis, breakdowns in electronic circuits and terrible nightmares among those exposed to it. The city is immediately evacuated by the army and surrounded by a high wall.
Mortimer has been living a gloomy retreat in London since then and Blake has risen in the ranks of the army where he holds important positions. With time, the two friends of yesterday are hardly seen any more. Until the day Blake comes to Mortimer. In the forbidden zone, despite the confinement of the building in a Faraday cage, the radiation suddenly resumed, threatening to erase the contents of all the computers on earth, including the data of the banks and the stock exchange.
To overcome the radiation, the army has designed a plan that jeopardises the future of the world. For Blake and Mortimer, despite their old quarrels, in spite of their age, it will be a question of starting again on the adventure, towards an abandoned Brussels to try again to save the world. And realize that the forbidden zone is not so abandoned as expected.
What they find there is connected with their past adventure, that which had led them in their youth, to the mysteries of the Great Pyramid.
Some example pages of Le Dernier Pharaon:
Some of the original black and white drawings by François Schuiten.
The story of Le Dernier Pharaon starts with a flashback to the end of the story of “Mystère de la grande pyramide” by Jacobs. Blake and Mortimer wake up in the pyramid.
François Schuiten doesn't want to copy the style of Jacobs what can be clearly seen while reading the album 1). Until we come across a large image near the end of the album. The scene is very much in the style of Jacobs and almost clear line like the drawings by Jacobs. But it doesn't stop there: the image is placed by both authors as a large image on the left side of the page. Schuiten placed this image 8 pages before the end of the story, very close to the 9 pages before the end Jacobs used 2).
Dargaud launched the following announcement video a day before the release of the album.
Also an alternative version was made:
François Schuiten gave an interview to Laurence Froidevaux for Vertigo of Swiss RTS radio 3).
François Schuiten gave an interview to David Courier at BX1.
also Cine Heroes had an interview with Schuiten 4)
|2019||Le Dernier Pharaon||French||Les Éditions Blake et Mortimer||92||HC||9782870972809||First edition: 250.000 copies. The second edition (20.000 copies) has some minor changes.|
|2019||Le Dernier Pharaon||French||Les Éditions Blake et Mortimer||176||HC||9782870972830||Special edition limited to 8.000 copies. Its size will be oblong/italian/“half size” with half of the original page per page|
|2019||Le Dernier Pharaon||French||CanalBD||92||HC||9782870972861||Édition Collector CANAL BD. Limited edition of 2000 copies. Exclusive CanalBD cover. Frontispiece signed by François Schuiten on 25% recycled paper Conqueror laid 300g - sewn in the book, after the guards. CanalBD logo on the back cover and colophon on frontispiece.|
|2019||Le Dernier Pharaon||French||BDnet||92||HC||9910000071713||Special edition by Bdnet. Including a signed postal stamp. Limited to 300 copies.|
|2019||De Laatste Farao||Dutch||Blake en Mortimer||92||SC||9789067370912||First edition 31.000 copies.|
|2019||De Laatste Farao||Dutch||Blake en Mortimer||176||HC||9789067370929||Special edition limited to 1.000 copies. Oblong/half size format. This edition was already sold out during presales 5)|
|2019||F.Schuiten - Le Dernier Pharaon||French||Les Éditions Blake et Mortimer||32||HC||n/a||Carnet with the making of le Dernier Pharaon. See: Carnet F. Schuiten - Le dernier Pharaon|
|2019||Blake & Mortimer Spezial 1: Der letzte Pharao||German||Carlsen Verlag||92||HC||9783551740854||Announced for October 29, 2019|
|2019||Le Dernier Pharaon||French||Les Éditions Blake et Mortimer||104||HC||9782870972861||A bibliophile edition with black & white pages and many other additions. Announced November 22, 2019|
|2019||L'Ultimo Faraone||Italian||Alessandro Editore||92||?||9788882854119||Announced for November 2019|
|2019||Le Dernier Pharaon||Spanish||Norma Editorial||92||?||?||Announced for November 22, 2019|
|2019||De Laatste Farao||Dutch||Blake en Mortimer||104||HC||9789462107120||A bibliophile edition with black & white pages and many other additions. Announced for 11 December 2019|
Dargaud, the publisher of Le Dernier Pharaon organised a series of events around the launch of the album.