The Adventures of Tintin: One of My Favorite Comic Strips

Tintin & Snowy
Tintin & Snowy

I've just seen the comic strips on the Adventures of Tintin way back 1975 when i was still four years old. I fell in love with the way it was drawn by the artist called Herge (not knowing that it's his pseudonym). My first move was to imitate the drawing by tracing it on a transparent white bond paper with a pencil (courtesy of my elder sister).

So there, painstakingly, through constant practice, I was able to copy, not draw, the exact form by tracing. I was encouraged by my sister to draw by my own original ideas. It didn't pushed through. I forgotten Tintin and was busy with painting realistic scenes on the canvas, not cultivating my comic-strip side.

It was only this late, (December 2010) when I discovered it again at an old magazine. I was influenced by Facebook users who are continously changing their profile photos into cartoon characters to show support on the UNICEF's advocacy against Child Abuse.

I already did about the massive changes, but in general form. I decided to feature Tintin on my hub and rediscover his adventures around the globe.

It started in Belgium, circa 1929...


Captain Archibald Haddock
Captain Archibald Haddock

Tintin conquering the world

 It is dubbed as the most famous European cartoon series that trancends "time, language and culture". Thanks to the imagination by its author, the Belgian artist Georges Remi (1907-1983).

The appeal of Tintin as a young investigative journalist with his ever-faithful pet, Snowy, a white fox terrier dog is overwhelming that it's latest adventure was updated in 2004.

To make our hero credible in his adventure, there are supporting cast that propelled him into a vey cunning teenager when solving mysteries during his adventures around the world. You will find out how he do it. I don't want to be a spoiler. You had to it by yourself.

First in the gang is Captain Archibald Haddock, a very cynical retired sailor, that strongly influenced Tintin to roam around the world and solve some of the greatest mysteries ever discovered.

The hearing-impaired but the most intelligent Professor Calculus taught Tintin a thing or two about mystery-solving.

Trailing closely are the usual incompetent detectives (the twins) Thompson and Thompson who followed Tintin wherever he goes.

All the elements of a good read are all in Tintin's adventures. From the Soviet soils to Tibet...from Egypt to other parts of the world,,,even at the moon: the author was able to stir the imagination of the readers.

It's all spiced up (completos recados), I may say.

And the drawings never fade. More and more fans are getting into the open, linking it to networking sites, like Facebook.

If you want the animated version, you can buy the DVD or admire the adaptation of Tintin's adventures with the chosen actor's portrayal.

Can't wait to watch it now!


Palle Huld, the inspiration of the character Tintin

But of course, every comic character has its own inspiration. You can ask the artist you know. They'll always tell you that they're inspired to to draw from real-life models.

Tintin's character is not an exception. Herge was inspired by the globetrotting 16 year old teenager named Palle Huld (2August1912-26November2010)way back 1928, a year before Tintin came on the pages of newspaper.

Can you travel the most famous nations during those times, like, England, Scotland, Canada, Japan, Poland, Soviet Union and Germany in just 44 days? It was a challenge to the winning boy in Denmark, for Jules Verne contest courtesy of the newspaper Politiken to travel the world with an alloted 46 days for completion.

The Danish actor, who died at 98 this year, will never see Steven Spielberg bring Tintin to life on the big screen later this month.

The Adventures of Tintin Soundtrack - Symphonic Theme c/o watkinzez

Tintin and Cast

First Look: Steven Spielberg's 'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn c/o optimuspriime2

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uncorrectedvision 6 years ago from Indiana

When my oldest son was about ten he and I discovered the animated "Adventures of Tin-Tin." He is a married man and a Naval officer now and we still share a love for that wonderful series. It was great.

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prairieprincess 6 years ago from Canada

I used to love Tin Tin! Reading those comics was such an education into different lands and different cultures. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, and great to hear he's back. I might have to check out a video sometime. Great hub!

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damian0000 6 years ago from Belfast

I loved watching Tintin when I was a boy growing up too, great hub!

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@uncorrectedvision: It's good to know that Tintin's fans are still waiting for the revival of his adventures. I'm one of them. Thanks for spilling it out here, I mean the support. It can still be a good family bonding, when your son and his family will view those old adventures or see the movie in theatre.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@prairieprincess: Great to hear it from you. Tintin and his adventures will surely inspire the youth to be like him.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@damian000: My fascination on Tintin's adventures will never cease. Good to hear it from you, too. Thanks! :D

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK

great hub: I've been a massive Tintin fan since my formative years and still am. The art is stupendous, the story lines worthy of Spielberg ( no wonder he is directing the first instalment)and the overall sense of narrative and humour superb. Thanks for writing this hub and bringing back all those memories.. voted up.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, Docmo. You're right, it's a non-stop action come to life on big screen. I'll watch it in theatre once it premiers here in our place.

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Thanks for the memories. I remember seeing this comic strip way back when.

boyfromafrica 6 years ago

I remember tintin all too well! it was the first comic book laid my eyes on. i fellin love with it immediately. trekking for miles to go to my friends home, just so i could read it.....(PURE NOSTALGIA)

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Sandyspider: You're welcome, Sandy. This is my all-time favorite. I've been perusing video shops for the DVD collection (still not available in our place).

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@boyfromafrica: Thanks for sharing your adventures just to read Tintin's comic book. I've been there and did that, too! Appreciating it, even the newspaper was used as wrapper already (as for smoked fish. LOL!).

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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

This was a fave of both my boys and I used to read the tales as bedtime stories. Very inspirational for young men. Thanks for the memories!

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HighwayPhantom 6 years ago from The Phantom of the Opera's lair


I cant wait to see this movie they made! Should be excellent!!

p.s please read my hub Undertow

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MoneyCreator24 6 years ago

I really like Tintin. And I love the way he is drawn. Very beautiful. Its an intelligent story. I´d love we had more of these today.

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seebasic 6 years ago from Germany

Oh, I love this guy. Looking forward to see the film.

sarah 6 years ago

i still like tintin i have read almost all parts but 1 and 2 i have not read bcause the r all sold out

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Gypsy Willow: I'm happy this hub helps to rekindle memories on Tintin. Thanks! :D

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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

I loved Tintin adventures! I never get tired watching it.

Thanks for this hub, travel man.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound1974: You're welcome! It's been a while since my last review of my Tintin adventures collection. Got to rerun it again for viewing.

Jonathan 5 years ago

I love tintin too and I can't wait to see the first movie. As i heard there will be 3 movies with tintin all of them coming from Steven Spielberg. I really want to have the dvd and for this i found the links: http://tintin-the-secret-of-the-unicorn-dvd.blogsp...

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Jonathan: Good for you for finding the link for the newest DVD version of Tintin's adventures.

Thanks for sharing it here. ;D

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