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Tintin The Popular Belgian Comic Book Character

Updated on January 14, 2012

Tintin is a comic entirely created by the Belgian series creator Georges Remi under his famous pen name Hergé .

The strip consists of 23 volumes (the 24th was released even though it never got beyond the draft stage) and is primarily about the journalist Tintin and his faithful companion Terry, and - from the volume The Crab With Golden Claws- also Tintin's friend Captain Haddock .

In second place is Professor Calculus and the two private detectives Dupond and Dupont are among the most important in the series.

The first Tintin story, Tintin in the Soviet Union , was published in the Belgian newspaper Le Petit Vingtième from 10 January 1929 and was published as (the first) comic album in 1930 . The latter finished the volume, Tintin and the Picaroes , came in 1976 , a total of 47 years later.

Tintin and Alphabet-art was not completed before Hergé's death in 1983, but by that time was the Tintin series more than popular enough that the unfinished draft version could be released as it was. It came out in France in a luxury edition in 1986.

Professor Calculus

Journalist who Rarely Types



Tintin is a young traveling reporter who is constantly ending  up in the breakneck adventures, often with his faithful dog Terry , the alcoholic and light quarrelsome Captain Haddock , they agree, but confused the detectives Dupond and Dupont , and very deaf, very understated and very genius Professor Calculus . The only time Tintin is seen working on a typewriter is in issue number three, Tintin in America .


Tintin is a development of Hergé first cartoon character, scout leader Totor scout in the Belgian newspaper Le Boy-Scout Belge in the years 1926 and 1929 . In many ways, Tintin is still more of a scout than a journalist because he "never" is seen behind a typewriter. In return, he comes more into the world. To the extent that a reporter is one who conveys, is Tintin intermediary of their own adventures.


Tintin The name means nothing, it is composed of syllables in a enslydende echo . Some surnames have never been mentioned. His face is as pale: a round circle, two dots for eyes, a semi-circle to the nose and a small mouth. The only thing that livens up a hårtust that goes into a turn at the top of my head, "so that one can recognize him," that Hergé himself has said.


Maybe just in everything he is not - or that he is a neutral and fairly straight person without distinctive, interesting personality traits that can distract - is the essence of Tintin's timeless popularity. How could he in the years to develop without contradictions. He is a mirror for the time he reflects and at all times represent. He is also easy for the reader to identify with, young and old, boy, girl.


Like the name, he is placed with no history from the first album, and equally anonymous, he is in the following albums: Without the past (other than their own albums), with no age (either adult or child), with no girlfriend (to some extent he kjønnsløs) but not without friends.


In contrast to the extremely neutral character Tintin, his friends very colorful and rich in contrasts, but these are then in turn a representative of a very peculiar type, which makes the series richer and more varied. Similarly, all objects and environments designed in a detailed style.


Another characteristic external features of Tintin shape the sporty apple nods late which was a modern leisure clothes when he got them in the 1930's , they were not replaced until the middle of the 1970s, the last full album, Tintin and picaroene .

200 Million Volumes

The strip began as a serial in the youth newspaper Le Petit Vingtième in 1929 , and was collected the following year in book form, cartoon albums, the first with the title Tintin in the Soviet Union.


The series quickly became very popular and is still one of the most popular of the 1900s' European comics despite the fact that it is very traditional, but it might also be the core of its appeal: Tintin unites the best in the comic medium without breaking with what that makes the comic popular, or put another way: is Tintin comic medium's best representative in the framework of what makes a cartoon of an effective cartoon.


More than 200 million copies have been sold and it is translated into more than 50 languages. With time, the artist took even longer and longer between each album.



The strip spans many different genres, funny pirate stories , prose fable or fantasy, political tension story, mysteries, comedies and action pure science fiction .


Especially the first three are missing a clear history, and have instead a primitive thread that is based on action and slapstick . The subsequent stories, however, are processed and sophisticated blend of humor and underlying political commentary -  without giving completely let go of the spontaneous, farcical slapstick and situation comedy.

Characters of Tintin

Captain Archibald Haddock is Tintin's best friend. When we meet him for the first time in the crab with golden claws ( 1941 ), it is a melancholic, alcoholic and lonely sailor. In subsequent albums appears to mark an increasingly angry and raw sea hog as he is always in sweater, has constantly a pipe in his mouth and would drink a bottle of whiskey or two when the opportunity arises. Haddock raw human aspects contrasted against Tintin idealization of optimism.

His inexhaustible vocabulary of profanities and incantations is in a unique class, which quickly reaches the top when things go against him or whiskey does not occur. He lives (eventually) in the castle Moulinsart that once belonged to his ancestor Francois Haddoque.

Detectives Dupond and Dupont are just as two drops of water. They are twins and the only thing that separates them on paper are the names in addition to his beards which are slightly different for each character. These account for much of the show's pure slapstick humor. Their incompetence is just as much that they constantly try to grab the wrong person, sometimes do not even exclude Tintin from their strong suspicion. In English, they go under the name Thomson and Thompson and the Thompson Twins. (This is supposed to have been the origin of the name of the pop band with the same name.)

Professor Tryphon Tournesol , ( professor calculation) contributes as Dupond and Dupont with a lot of extra stories to the comic through his hard of hearing , not the annoyances with the captain because Calculus is not itself willing to recognize this. He is a gifted and internationally renowned scientist and helps with many inventions, which has implications for the action of many albums, especially albums Moon Returns I and II, where he constructs a powerful rocket lunar moon rocket .

Terry, Tintin's white foxterrier , (in English "Snowy" and Milou in French, meaning "white") Tintin rescues out of difficult situations as often as it is vice versa. Tintin's closest friend until Captain Haddock comes into the series, and also after a major bifigur.

Max Hansen, A small, annoying and funny, insurance agent who shows up at the strangest places. He always manages to provoke the captain, something Hansen rarely take seriously since he is a salesman by nature, and dismisses the criticism and protests with a laugh. He first appeared in the secret weapon .

Nestor, Captain Haddock butler at Castle Mill in all the stories from the Rackham Rodes tax . Nestor was also employed by rogue pair Bird brothers who lived on Mill Borg before the captain bought the castle.

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