Adventures of Tintin: Extravagant, eye-popping, emotionally shallow
Tintin, the boy reporter with the whooshy quiff and the reliable, and reliably mischievous, terrier, is a pop icon across wide swaths of the globe. In Europe, where Tintin was born - on the drawing table of a Brussels cartoonist, Hergé, in 1929 - his merchandise is as ubiquitous as Mickey Mouse's. The books, with their distinctive covers, intricate panels, and colorful designs, have sold north of 220 million copies. They've been translated into 96 languages.