The Adventures of Tintin (whose original name in French is Les Aventures de Tintin et Milou) is one of the most influential European comic book series of the twentieth century.
Created by Belgian author Georges Remi (Hergé), and feature graphic and narrative style known as "clear line" consists of a total of 24 albums, the first of which was published in 1930 and the second last in 19,761 (the Finally, Tintin and Alph-Art, was never completed, but were later published by sketches made by the author).
The first seven episodes of the adventures of Tintin were published in installments in Le Petit Vingtième, supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtieme Catholic orientation Siècle between 1929 and 1939 (the publication of the eighth, Tintin in the Land of black gold, was interrupted in 1940 the German invasion of Belgium, although the author's resume years later). Subsequently, the adventures of Tintin appeared in other publications: the newspaper Le Soir, during the German occupation of Belgium, between 1940 and 1944, and the weekly Tintin, from 1946 to 1976. All character's adventures were later collected in independent albums and translated into numerous languages. From The Shooting Star (1942), the albums were released always in color, and undertook the task of coloring and also replay previous albums in the series (with the exception of Tintin in the Land of the Soviets). Reissues sometimes affected the content of the albums.
In the series, along with Tintin, an intrepid reporter youthful and old never clarified that travels the world with his dog Snowy, a number of supporting characters who have attained celebrity as much or more than the protagonist, including Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, detectives Thomson and Thompson and Bianca Castafiore singer. The adventures of these characters are carefully set in real-world scenarios from five continents, and imaginary places created by Hergé, such as Syldavia or San Theodoros. Especially after the fifth album of the series (The Blue Lotus), the author carefully documented on the places visited by the characters.
The series known from the beginning an unprecedented success. Is estimated to have been sold since its inception more than 200 million álbumes2 in over 60 languages, 3 not counting pirated editions. The Adventures of Hergé's character are also worshiped and collectors worldwide. Famously Charles de Gaulle, according to which his only rival at the international level was Tintín.4 Tintin's fame has not been, however, free of controversy, as some of the first albums of the series have been criticism for allegedly show the racist ideology.