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Tintin (II). Tintin (II) was created by "Hergé," the pseudonym of the Belgian creator Georges Remi and appeared in comics, movies, and books from 1929 to the present, beginning with Tintin aux Pays des Soviets.
Tintin (II) is a teenaged Belgian boy, who despite his young age writes for Le Petit Vingtieme as a foreign correspondent. Tintin travels around the world looking for stories and usually gets involved in the stories he reports on, helping people and seeing that the wicked and criminal are punished. Tintin travels to America, the Congo, the Mediterranean, Egypt, India, South America, Scotland, Tibet, and the moon itself. On his trips he is accompanied by his faithful dog, the fox terrier Milou (who speaks to the reader), Dupont and Dupond, a mustachioed pair of French detectives, Captain Haddock, a strong, alcoholic sea captain, and Professor Tournesol, the deaf, dithery, eccentric (but brilliant) scientist, whose inventions (a new white rose, an anti-alcohol tablet, a mini-sub, a moon rocket, an "ultra-sound emitter," and high-speed roller skates) enrich Tintin enough that he, Haddock, and Milou are able to move in to a castle together.
* I'm including the Tintin (II) comics in the Best of the Encyclopedia list because they are very well-illustrated and very well-written, and because they are historically important. Hergé was a master of the ligne claire (clean line) style, which produce very appealing comics--slightly cartoony, but bright, colorful, and even expressive. The Tintin (II) stories were always well-researched, and Hergé made a point of investing his secondary and supporting characters with as much life and character as he did Tintin (II) himself. Historically, the Tintin (II) comics became one of the best and most influential bandes dessinée in the history of French comics. The Tintin (II) comics do have some racism and cultural stereotyping in them, and points off for that.
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