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The Adventures of Tintin (Les Aventures de Tintin), drawn and written by the Belgian writer-artist Georges Remi a.k.a. Hergé, is one of the most popular 20th century European comics. According to BBC magazine, over 200 million copies of the comic books have been sold to date, with translations into over 58 languages.

The hero of the series is a young reporter and traveller named Tintin, aided by his faithful dog Snowy, Captain Haddock and a variety of colourful supporting characters.

The comic book series has long been admired for its clean yet expressive drawings executed in Hergé's signature ligne claire style; their engaging plots; and the painstaking research done while creating the later stories. They straddle a variety of genres: swashbuckling adventures with elements of fantasy, mysteries, political thrillers, and science fiction. All the titles in the Tintin series include plenty of slapstick humour, offset in later albums by dashes of sophisticated satire and political/cultural commentary.

Tintin lives in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium and the birthplace of Hergé. This is evidenced most notably in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets where the text states that Tintin arrives in Brussels as he returns home after his adventure, and in Tintin in Tibet, where the letter sent to Tintin by his friend Chang is addressed to Brussels. There are other more subtle hints in some of the other books, such as recognisable locations, car numberplates, etc. However, after Red Rackham's Treasure, Tintin moves into Marlinspike Hall, whose geographical location is debatable.

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