|The most recognizable image of Tintin and Snowy.|
Tintin was born – or made his first appearance- in Belgium on 10 January 1929. His putative birth occurred a mere months before the Great Depression, and a decade before World War Two, two of the twentieth century’s defining events.
|A panel from Destination Moon, 1953.|
|The many faces of Captain Haddock|
Artistically, Tintin was the first comic to offer its reader a fully self-contained, totally coherent fantasy universe. Long before the one-dimensional universes of Marvel Comics and its rivals, Herge had built a rich and complex world centered around a simple hero, a teenage reporter, flanked by his faithful pet and which included a gallery of wonderful supporting characters.
|Part of the supporting characters which have appeared in the albums from 1929-1976.|
The humanity of Haddock, the eccentricities of Calculus, the goofiness of the Thom(p)sons, the mercurial nature of the Castafiore and the obnoxiousness of Jolyon Wagg became more familiar to us than the antics of our own relatives.
|1956: The Calculus Affair. Based on the Cold War.|
Tintin acquired its mythic status because it created an illusion of reality in its reader’s minds, very much as JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings or JK Rowling’s Harry Potters have. Every facet of the mundane world becomes transformed by and finds its equivalent in the underlying truth of the imaginary world. However, where the other two writers succeeded because of their prose, Herge achieved his success through the symbolic power and visual clarity of his art.
|Tintin has sold over 250 million copies and has been translated into over 80 languages|