Tintin comics originated in Belgium and first appeared as a comic
strip on a Belgian newspaper in the late 1920s before being
published as books. They quickly became very popular being
translated into over 30 languages and having hundreds of millions
of copies sold worldwide.
The Adventures of Tintin are very entertaining and both adults
and children can thoroughly enjoy them. There is actually a large
following worldwide and a number of fan clubs and websites
dedicated to the Adventures of Tintin.
Tintin is a young reporter accompanied by his dog Snowy (or Milou
in French) and going through various adventures that take place
in different parts of the world (for example: Africa, the U.S.,
Egypt, China, Tibet, Eastern Europe, Latin America, etc). The
main supporting characters include Captain Haddock, a sea
captain, Professor Calculus, a very intelligent yet remote
physicist, and Thomson and Thomson, two detectives. The stories
are very enjoyable, well-written and can actually be educational.
The pictures are beautiful and realistic.
For example, by reading Tintin in the Land of the Soviets,
readers learn about what it was like living in the Soviet Union.
In Tintin in the Congo, readers find out about life in the
African colonies (Congo being a Belgian colony then). Tintin In
America depicts gangsters in Chicago in the 1930s. In King
Ottokar’s Sceptre, readers discover fascism in Europe in the
1930s. And In The Crab with the Golden Claws, one of our
favourite Tintin comics, readers are transported from Captain
Haddock’s ship to Arabic countries and the Sahara desert.
By the way, there were many movies produced after the Adventures
of Tintin including the latest: The Adventures of Tintin - The
Secret of the Unicorn (2011) by Steven Spielberg. There were
also two animated TV series made and a few documentaries about
Tintin and its creator Herge.
You can easily order Tintin books online (see our selection
below). One comic book usually sells for 10 to 20 dollars. You
can also get the comic books in different languages (the
Adventures of Tintin being translated in over 30 languages) which
can actually be a great way to learn a new language. We also
recommend the Deluxe Special Edition. It is more expensive
but it contains not only all of the 23 Tintin books but also
information about the sources of inspiration for the stories, the
characters’ origins and beautiful images. By the way, this
edition can also make a great gift especially if it is for
someone who enjoys comic books.
You can also get DVDs, books and even posters related to Tintin.
Actually, the posters are great and they are also great
decoration for a bedroom. Don’t be surprised if you also turn
into a fan after you immerse yourself in the various Tintin