January 10, 1929: The Adventures of Tintin first appears in Le Petit Vingtième.
Today, Tintin and his companions are some of the most recognizable comic book characters in the world. When Hergé (Georges Remi) first published his strip in the youth supplement of a Belgian newspaper, no one knew that it would soon overshadow the entire newspaper in fame, and that it would last thirty-six years longer, as well. Because of its success, it was then serialized in another Belgian newspaper, Le Soir. Thanks to its rich plotting, clean style, and more complicated themes than could be found in other children’s comic books of the time, Tintin is now regarded as a classic series.
Since 1929, Tintin has spawned twenty-four complete books, its own magazine and studio, a radio series, two television shows, five video games, and eight films (including Steven Spielberg’s Secret of the Unicorn). The books alone have sold over 200 million copies.