Mar 08

Our Year Of Agatha Christie Covers: 4: Dix Petits Nègres

FT + The Brown Wedge/6 comments • 2,171 views

Sort of a cheat this, but if you’re going to cheat, that’s the title I want to cheat with. This is not just a cover of a French Agatha Christie novel whose title has been changed a few times in the English. It is the cover of a Bande Dessinée adaptation.

Nice 3D name logo which contrasts nicely with the deliberately 2D artwork on the cover. You get the feel of the artwork and the mysterious house aspect of one of Agatha’s most (in) famous mysteries. I have been looking for some foreign Agatha covers after a trip to Geneva presented me with a flea market stall full of French, German and Italian Agatha’s. An entire table of foreign language mysteries. I didn’t buy any of them as a fool and his money in a flea market are easily parted, but online searches for some of them have proved harder than I had thought. Rest assured foreign covers are just as diverse!

This is one of a series of fifteen published by Emmanuel Proust, all of whom can be seen here, including Death On The Nile and The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd. The art on this edition is done by Frank Leclercq and as a bonus, here is one of the pages.The various editions are illustrated by different people, but in a similar flat style (not dissimilar to Kevin O’Neill style in the League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen – though with less detail), and here is a page for you to look at.


I have a feeling some of our Agatha fans would be appalled by this version. Me, not so sure. It also gives me an excuse to perhaps look at covers for Agatha DVD’s and even the video games which have been made of her work. And also meant I didn’t have to write the English title of this book!


  1. 1
    Alan on 27 Mar 2008 #

    The UK editions of the BDs are still coming out. Cover style is trying for a ‘grown up’ design-y feel like this. Saul Bass sort of thing, eh?

    type “Agatha Christie Comic Strip” into amazon.co.uk to find them.

    “And Then There Were None” BD translation is out this august. (and that cover above is still the current title on amazon.fr)

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    Pete Baran on 27 Mar 2008 #

    There was a big rush of them in France in 2004 but they still seem to be coming out over there. The last one published was Le Crime D’Halloween in 2007.

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    tracerhand on 27 Mar 2008 #

    I like that Judge Wargrave is obviously being played by Vincent Price!

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    jeff w on 27 Mar 2008 #

    This is my favourite Christie novel. I’ve read it over and over. But I have no problems with a BD version. Indeed given that the story has been adapted many times, including by Christie herself into a stage play (with new happy ending) and the title has also been changed and changed again over the years to suit the politics of the day*, a faithful-to-the-original looking comic strip edition is something I think we should cherish.

    *My favourite ‘lost in translation’ howler: “Indian Island, eh? There’s a nigger in the woodpile”

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    Andrew Farrell on 28 Mar 2008 #

    I didn’t realise that among the million different film adaptations is 1966’s Gumnaam, as briefly featured in Ghost World:

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    Lucy Fisher on 10 May 2015 #

    What year is it supposed to be? Why does she have bobbed hair and an ankle-length skirt? Well, really!

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