The adventures of Tintin: The Land of The Gold
Originally published: London: Methuen Children's Books
Tintin is a young Belgian reporter and adventurer who becomes involved in dangerous cases in which he takes heroic action to save the day.
The Adventures may feature Tintin hard at work in his investigative journalism, but seldom is he seen actually turning in a story. Readers and critics have described Tintin as a well-rounded yet open-ended, intelligent, and creative character, noting that his rather neutral personality—sometimes labeled as bland—permits a balanced reflection of the evil, folly, and foolhardiness, which surrounds him.
The character never compromises his Boy Scout ideals, which represent Hergé's own, and his status allows the reader to assume his position within the story, rather than merely following the adventures of a strong protagonist.
Tintin's iconic representation enhances this aspect, with Scott McCloud noting that it "allows readers to mask themselves in a character and safely enter a sensually stimulating world".Snowy (Milou in Hergé's original version), a white Wire Fox Terrier dog, is Tintin's loyal companion. Like Captain Haddock, he is fond of Loch Lomond brand Scotch whisky, and Snowy's occasional bouts of drinking tend to get him into trouble, as does his only fear: arachnophobia.
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