Tintin Comics

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 adventures!

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