Tintin: Around the world in 24 comics

Tintin travelled all around the world accompanied by his good friend, Captain Haddock. (@ Hergé-Moulinsart)

Tintin and his dog Snowy had adventures on the five continents

Tintin and the journeys, the journeys and Tintin. The character created by Hergé lived each adventure in a different place while chasing the news.

Always accompanied by his dog Snowy, the young journalist visited places on all five continents and some made-up countries. He even walked on the moon!

Hergé wrote 23 complete stories and died before being able to finish the last one: Tintin and Alph-Art. We present you with some of his best-known adventures.

 

Europe 

Tintin, like his creator, was Belgian. Nevertheless, there are only two volumes that take place from beginning to end in his country: The Secret of the Unicorn and The Castafiore Emerald.

Besides Belgium, Tintin solved cases in Iceland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Italy. He also visited Moscow when it was the capital of the USSR (now Russia) in the album Tintin in the Land of the Soviets. Caption: ‘Tintin in the Land of the Soviets’ was the first Tintin album.

‘Tintin in the Land of the Soviets’ was the first Tintin album. (Editorial Juventud / Casterman / © Hergé-Moulinsart)

Asia 

Tintin travels to China in The Blue Lotus. It was the first comic for which Hergé actively got informed. He had the help of a Chinese student, Zhang Chongren, in gathering information about the country and its cities.

Tibet, the region of China where the Himalayan Mountains and Mount Everest are found, was also the scene of the reporter’s adventures. India, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia complete the list of Asian countries.

Tintin’s trip to China is told in ‘The Blue Lotus’, one of Hergé’s best-documented comics. (Pedro Madueño / © Hergé-Moulinsart)

Africa 

The first African country that Tintin visited was the Congo. At that time, this territory was divided into two colonies governed by Belgium and France. The part of the Congo under Belgian control gained independence in 1960 and became the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The racist and colonialist vision of Tintin in the Congo got Hergé a lot of criticism.

Ancient Egyptian civilization played an important part in one of his adventures: The Crab with the Golden Claws. Tintin also passed through Morocco to capture some traffickers.

 

America 

The famous gangster Al Capone appeared in Hergé’s comics when Tintin went to Chicago to investigate gangsters and criminals. The intrepid reporter met the Native Americans of the western United States.

Tintin also visited Peru and explored the Andes Mountains in The Seven Crystal Balls. And he even searched for pirate treasure in the Caribbean seas, a region found between North America and South America.

One of the first editions of ‘Tintin in America’ (1945) (© Hergé-Moulinsart)

 

Made-up countries 

Hergé made up some of the countries where Tintin’s adventures took place. He was inspired by places where there were real wars and conflicts: for example, he created San Teodoro and Nuevo Rico to talk about Latin American countries where there were constant struggles to take power.

Khemed is a fictional country that would be found on the Arabian Peninsula. In Land of Black Gold and The Red Sea Sharks, Hergé describes it as a country very rich in oil.

Syldavia and Borduria are two fictitious states that appear in King Ottokar’s Sceptre in reference to the Balkan countries. To create this story, the author was inspired by the invasion of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938. Syldavia is also the scene of Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon.

The rocket designed by Hergé to travel to the moon has become an icon of Tintin’s adventures. (Xavier Cervera)

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