Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

An adventurous young lad who gets into various plights. He was created in 1929 by the Belgian Comics artist Hergé (real name Georges Rémi [1907-1983]) for the children's supplement section of the newspaper Le petit vingtième ["The Little Twentieth"]; his first appearance in book form was in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (graph 1930), and his last was Tintin et les Picaros ["Tintin and the Rogues"] (graph 1976). In 1946 Tintin began to appear in a weekly magazine, along with other strips. Hergé, who had right-wing views, became controversial after WWII after claims of collaborationist activities; though there was at least one Tintin adventure whose villain was a Jew, Hergé was no collaborationist and King Ottakar's Scepter (graph 19??) explicitly attacks the Nazis. The series had a significant childhood effect on many fantasy writers working today. [JC]


Numerous Tintin tales, done in limited animation, have appeared on tv. From these have been derived several Belgian/French Tintin movies, most short and most with innumerable vts: The Lake of Sharks (1972; ot Tintin et le Lac aux requins), Red Rackham's Treasure (1987), The Black Island (1987), The Calculus Affair (1987), The Crab with the Golden Claws (1987), The Secret of the Unicorn (1987), The Seven Crystal Balls (1987) and The Shooting Star (1987); there may well be others. [JG]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.