We all wonder what is there about Tintin that it defies time, language and culture. How is it that this boyish reporter thought up one fine day by an unassuming Belgian is still going so strong? Tintin’s universal appeal stretching from his birthplace Brussels to various corners of the world has a rock solid foundation in reality, enabling him to transcend fashion, age and nationality. Georges Remi a.k.a Herge was a higly gifted illustrator with a childlike imagination. He aspired to be a dashing foreign correspondent and when asked to submit a supplement for children in the weekly in Le Petit Vingtieme he realized his dream by introducing to the world Tintin. His work by inspired by the American example of a cartoon strip which was still unfamiliar in Europe. On January 10,1929 saw the debut of a reporter called Tintin, bound for Moscow. This was the first of many comics which would take the world by surprise and given it yet another hero. Tintin’s popularity was instantaneous and the confidence shown in Herge by others was justified. Within weeks the main newspaper’s circulation doubled and then tripled. What initially began as a supplement that would come out weekly, soon transformed into a full-fledged comic. Towards the end of the Second World War it was found that enough copies could not be printed. Demand far exceeded supply. In the following years world-wide sales of Tintin reached a jaw dropping figure of 120 million copies. Now even translated versions were being sold in about 9 different languages. As most of us would think Tintin’s fame is solely due to the type of adventures he goes on or the way he escapes life threatening situations. But there’s a lot more to it than just adventure. High quality drawing and a compelling narrative are two of the most important factors. All the stories and anchored firmly in fact. There was additionally a topicality of subject which somehow did not date and Herge’s remarkable ability to...
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