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Tintin (I). Tintin (I) was created by “R.M. Nizerolles,” the pseudonym of the French author Marcel Priollet (Clotilde de Hautepierre, Marcassin, Tip Walter) and appeared in Les Voyages Aeriens d'un Petit Parisien a Travers le Monde #1-111 (1911-1913) and Les Aventuriers du Ciel #1-108 (1935-1937).

Tintin (I) is a heroic boy adventurer from Paris who has a variety of adventures, first around the world, both in the skies and beneath the surface of the earth, and then later across the solar system. In Les Aventuriers du Ciel Tintin becomes a Planetary Romance Hero and travels in the atomic-powered spaceship Bolide with his friends, the French scholar Professor Saint-Marc, Yvonne Blanchard (Tintin’s sister), Timmy-Ropp (a British reporter), and Jean du Requirec (a French soldier helping Yvonne). On Mars they encounter the Slavoks, a robotic race of slaves that the Martians have constructed to serve them. The Martians themselves are almost Big-Headed Dwarf Geniuses; they have slender bodies with enormous heads and get around with the help of metal boots and artificial wings. 

Tintin (I) appears in stories with titles like “The Living Dead,” “The Escape of Red Mask,” and “The House of Mystery.”

* I'm including the Tintin (I) stories in the Best of the Encyclopedia list because of their imaginative content. The two Tintin (I) dime novels were in some ways typical of their time; boy adventurers having globe-spanning adventures were a popular genre in French popular literature in the 1910s, and boy adventurers having planetary romances were no less popular in the 1930s. But what Marcel Priollet did differently than other authors was to keep pushing. Priollet never stopped adding in imaginative content in either dime novel, and never coasted on what he'd created either, in either. Les Aventuriers du Ciel is particularly notable because Priollet didn't just set up a Martian milieu and let his characters interact with that milieu over the course of a hundred issues. Priollet kept adding to the series, kept adding new intelligent aliens and new, extravagantly pulpy concepts and adventures. Priollet dime novels had only one speed setting: all ahead full.  It made his dime novels more exciting than comparable ones and more imaginative. 

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