Over 200 million books sold in more than 50 languages
Tintin, the ageless boy reporter, began life 80 years ago at the age of 15, and when his career ended nearly 50 years later, his creator said he was just shy of his 18th birthday.
Tintin, whose adventures have delighted children and adults all over the world, celebrated his 80th birthday on Saturday, and the globetrotting teenager with the remarkable blonde forelock has never been more popular.
Since a 21-year-old Belgian graphic artist named Georges Remi published the first comic strip featuring Tintin in the children`s supplement of the Belgian daily Le Vingtieme Siecle on January 10, 1929, more than 200 million books depicting his adventures have been sold in more than 50 languages.
Image: This picture taken on January 9, 2008 shows a poster made of press stories on the 1928 world tour of Palle Huld, 96, Danish ancestor of Tintin, in Copenhagen. In 1928, at the age of 16, this Danish scout who inspired Georges Remi, alias Herge, creator of cartoon legend Tintin, toured the world to mark the centenary of the birth of Jules Verne. On his return, he was welcomed by a huge crowd at Copenhagen railway station, just like Tintin in his first adventure.
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