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Tintin is an international icon, which in this post-modern
world, seems to make him a target and vector for politics and messages. Needless to say, none of these works are
canon and Hergé would probably object to their messages. In fact, I haven’t included a number of
existing pirate works due to them being highly objectionable.
Ironically enough, some original Tintin books have been
under attack by various groups with “modern” agendas. You can find those debates on line easily enough. Hergé was born in 1907 and was brought up in
the milieu (not Milou) of his era. The
first Tintin story appeared in print in 1929, over 80 years ago, although he
had other works previous to that time.
Undoubtedly, his works will be continue to be studied, discussed, copied, and satirized for years to come.
I can’t say I agree with the message of these unauthorized
covers and works, but I have included some of them here to show what a powerful
iconic image Tintin is, within not only our culture, but in many cultures. Tintin is printed in 98 languages and
dialects, which gives Tintin global impact.
But I’m no Tintin scholar, just a long-time fan.
I haven’t made this an exhaustive list of ersatz Tintin
covers, because I believe that Hergé intended for Tintin to be a young adult’s
book and there are a number of subjects that he did not cover. I won’t either because this is a family
friendly, safe-for-work blog.
I have posted previously about my father reading Tintin books to
me while I was a very small child and how important reading to children is to
their development. Children model
themselves on their parent(s), peer group, and their society. Set a good example and make them not just
literate, but love reading and writing. Kids these days need to be armed with literacy and informed,
critical thinking. I’d like to think
that the Tintin books had a hand in that, in my case.