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Tandra Page 1674, Tintin Explained

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I’m sitting on my back porch looking out over the yard as the rising sun brightens the Eastern sky.

There are, I believe, some two dozen albums (That’s what they call comic books in Europe) in the Tintin series. Because Tintin is not so popular in these United States, American readers may not be familiar with the character created by Herge as are readers all over the rest of the world. Indeed, while Superman is possibly the most popular long underwear character in these states, insofar as readership and sales go, Superman is not even in the same ball park as Tintin insofar as international popularity goes. Factually, most Americans who know about Tintin likely know of the character from the failed 2011 Stephen Speilberg movie. The movie was actually well done and entertaining, but it failed to attract an audience and plans for a series of Tintin films were shelved. The same sad fate came to the later Valerian movie, a great film inspired by a European Comics character that failed to find an American audience.

Indications are that Tintin is finding a larger audience today with new readers, especially English speaking readers. Tintin was created for a readership in Brussels and was not translated into English until years later. Tintin has been translated into some two dozen plus languages world wide, making Tintin the largest selling cartoon series in the world, but Americans have continued to ignore the boy reporter with the white dog. However, Great Britain appears to be having a growing interest in Tintin and, of consequence, English translated albums are making their way across the Atlantic.

Currently the complete series of Tintin adventures is available for order from Amazon. For forever, the first two Tintin adventures were not available. The first Tintin, “Tintin In The Land Of The Soviets” became available a few years back, and I purchased. It is a crude effort displaying Herge’s efforts as a young man. The other albums have long been available with exception of “Tintin In The Congo”. “Tintin In The Congo” is the second adventure, but it is considered politically incorrect because Herge was a man of his time and portrayed the Congo with the prevailing European attitudes toward Africa and Africans. This was in the early Thirties before everyone became so sensitive to political grievances. How could a young Herge have known he would face censorship from the Woke Fascists, a political pressure group of snowflakes who will not tolerate any deviation from their own narrow dogma?

But “Tintin In The Congo” is recently released and available and comes with an apology and explanation as to the fact that Herge was writing and drawing for an audience of his time and not for a self-aware narrow ideology of almost a century after the story was published.

As it happens, Herge is apparently so popular with readers these days that the final and un-completed Tintin adventure is now released in a special edition. I’ll be ordering that one soon.

Herge wrote for children but, as is the case with the best children’s literature, Tintin can be enjoyed by those of any age!

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Hanther



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