The Black Island (French: L'Île Noire) is the seventh of The Adventures of Tintin, a series of classic comic-strip albums, written and illustrated by Belgian writer and illustrator Hergé, featuring young reporter Tintin as the hero. It was first published in the newspaper supplement Le Petit Vingtième in the late 1930s and subsequently in a black-and-white album. Two more versions of the story were published in 1943 and 1966.
In France it was first published in 1937 in the magazine Coeurs Vaillants as Le Mystère de l'avion gris (The Mystery of the Grey Plane).
The book is known for Snowy's repeated misbehavior and heroism. This is the only book in which Tintin physically disciplines Snowy. Snowy plays a major role in the plot also, both good and bad.
While walking in the Belgian countryside Tintin sees an airplane making an emergency landing. He goes to help and notices that it does not have a registration number on it. As he approaches the plane he is shot by the pilot. Tintin recovers at a hospital where police detectives Thomson and Thompson inform him that a similar plane has crashed in a field in Sussex, England. Tintin decides to investigate for himself.
Tintin takes a train...