Tintin at 90!

 

Yesterday, I missed a really important birthday — the always wonderful Tintin was 90 years old!  His first adventure was published by Herge on January 10, 1929 in a small Belgian paper.

In 1961, when I was slipping between 11 and 12, my father was working in the south of France and I stayed with him in Nice for eight to ten weeks.  It was there that I first came in contact with the boy wonder. Other than buying fruit in the market and playing soccer on the beach with local kids, reading Tintin was a major source of French lessons for me.  Later in the 1960s, we had an animated version on TV in England; and some years ago, the Everloving bought me for Christmas two wonderful Tintin books.  He has always been one of my favourites.

Stephen Spielberg and Peter Jackson made a very creditable movie version a few years back; I hope there will be sequels.

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One Response to Tintin at 90!

  1. You cannot get now more racist or culturally-insensitive than these comics. I find it deeply worrying that young children learn in them how indigenous people are “stupid”, for example, about eclipses and science, and how it always takes a white male to save the day. Deeply troubling.

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