Yes indeed…Today is the birthday of the famous reporter, Tintin! It was on 10th January, 1929 that this boy reporter from Belgium made his début in the Belgian magazine, Le Petit Vingtième, creation of Herge. He is the quintessential hero. He is honest, intelligent, compassionate and like any hero worth his salt, can drive any vehicle under the sun, fight the villains and always stumbles onto adventures all across the world, even though he never wants to. He is accompanied on his adventures by Snowy, the dog. Also, his good friends are Captain Archibald Haddock and the absent-minded Professor Cuthbert Calculus. And of course, not to mention the bumbling detectives, Thomson and Thompson, who look identical, but the difference in their names is of a “P”! Read the names again! 🙂
From saving his friend Chang from an air crash in Tibet to being the first man to walk on moon (yes, it’s Tintin and not Neil Armstrong, who was first!), Tintin is always in the thick of action.
The idea of writing a post on Tintin came to me when I received the complete series of Tintin, as a late birthday gift from my cousin and brother-in-law. They knew that I was collecting the entire series one-by-one and decided to give me a very pleasant surprise, by gifting the series! The idea turned into conviction, when I commented on a blog I follow, that the blogger sounded like the “Thomson and Thompson of Tintin”. To which, her response was, that she had never heard of Tintin. This for me, was shocking news, because I was under the impression that everyone was aware of the great reporter, Tintin! 🙂 And when I read that 10th January is Tintin’s birthday, I decided to write this post today. The photographs are hurriedly taken, after I came back home from office. It’s the entire Tintin collection, of which I am now a proud owner.
If you have not read the adventures of Tintin, you have missed a cult figure. But, it’s never too late to start! 🙂
Here’s wishing Tintin a very happy 85th Birthday!