Tintin is the most well-known comic character worldwide, comparable in popularity only to Mickey Mouse. Tintin’s adventures lead him and his readers to such places as China, the Congo, America, and even the moon! But through time and history, Tintin and his Belgian creator Hergé have not been spared by controversy. Accused of such a serious charge as racism, Hergé was forced by history to review some of the depictions of the places Tintin visits. So how has Tintin changed over time? And what explains the enduring popularity of Tintin? Rebroadcast from 08/19/2010.
The great Belgian cartoonist, Georges Rémi – alias “Hergé” – is buried in an abandoned Brussels cemetery only about a mile from where I live. The place was decommissioned long ago, in the late fifties. And as soon as the last grave-digger put down his spade, Nature moved in.Leona's full essay