Tintin Celebrates His 80th Birthday

Published on January 13th, 2009

When it comes to plucky Belgian reporters with small white dogs, surely Tintin must be the world’s most celebrated. OK, probably the only one, but this week he celebrated his 80th birthday. Tintin first appeared in a children’s supplement to the Belgian newspaper, Le Vingtième Siècle on January 10, 1929.The Adventures of Tintin have taken him around the world, to the bottom of the ocean and even to the moon. He’s battled communists, pirates, poachers and drug dealers.


His creator, Herge (Georges Prosper Remi – his initials G.R. reversed and said in French makes “Herge”) died in 1983, and was reportedly a fan of the films of Steven Spielberg, claiming that Spielberg could be the director to bring Tintin to the big screen. This is now happening, as Spielberg and Peter Jackson will be releasing three Tintin films, with the first due in 2010.

Mathew Hyde