The long-awaited movie adaptation of the Belgian comic artist Hergé's Tintin adventures was released in the US on 21 December 2011. The movie, directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, had its premiere in October in Belgium and was a smash hit throughout Europe.
Hergé (the pen name of Georges Remi, the French phoneticization of his intials, reversed) published twenty-three Tintin adventures from 1929 to 1975. Although popular throughout Europe (and, indeed, much of the rest of the world), they never really caught on in the United States. I was fortunate enough as a kid to encounter the serialization of Flight 714 in 1968 in Weekly Reader. Many years later I enjoyed reading the entire series, developing an appreciation for Hergé's famed ligne claire (clear line) illustrating style and the pervasive whimsy of the stories.
Tintin is a young reporter with a trademark tuft of hair whose curiosity lands him and his faithful dog, Snowy, in intricate adventures that unfold on a global scale. Equally famous is Tintin's sidekick, Captain Haddock (introduced in the ninth adventure), a sea captain who is partial to whiskey and to elaborate, alliterative curses, such as "Billions of blue blistering barnacles in a thundering typhoon!"
RCPL has all of the Tintin adventures (except for the early and controversial Tintin in the Congo), including The Secret of the Unicorn, which is the basis for the Spielberg movie, as well as a biography of Hergé. If you are planning on seeing the movie, I recommend reading a couple of the adventures beforehand, to get a taste of what the Tintin phenomenon is all about.
Three classic graphic novels in one deluxe hardcover edition: The Broken Ear, The Black Island, and King Ottokar's Sceptre.Amazon
Three classic graphic novels in one deluxe hardcover edition: The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Shooting Star, and The Secret of the Unicorn.Amazon
A fascimile of the tale as it originally appeared.Amazon