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As Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn releases tomorrow, here’s to the whiff-haired Belgian scribe, his partner Snowy and their team of ditsy detectives.

hollywood Updated: Nov 10, 2011 17:44 IST
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This Friday, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson will take all Tintin fans back to underwater escapades, hidden treasures and save-the-world moments. Here’s what you need to know about one of the most iconic characters of all time, his friends, partners and their eccentricities.

The Man Behind Tintin – Herge
Georges Prosper Remi was a Belgian comics writer and artist, who created 23 comic books of The Adventures of Tintin, under the pen name of Hergé from 1929 till 1983, which is when he died.
In the earlier adventures of the Belgian reporter Tintin, Hergé sent the character to real
locations such as the Belgian Congo, US, Egypt, India, China and the United Kingdom.
Around 1939, when Belgium was invaded by Nazi Germany during the World War II, Hergé was rendered unemployed. Soon after, he was given a job as an illustrator of a popular newspaper. In 1940, he was made the editor of the paper’s childre’'s supplement, Le Soir Jeunesse, in which he set about producing new Tintin adventures.
However, in these new series keeping in mind the political climate, Hergé could no longer explore political themes within Tintin’s stories.

Main Characters

Tintin
The young Belgian reporter finds himself involved in dangerous situations and manages to save the day using his investigative skills, wit and sometimes luck. His dutch name is Kuifje.

Snowy
The Fox terrier is Tintin’s companion and beloved pet. He, like Captain Haddock, enjoys drinking is fond of the Loch Lomond Single Malt brand of whisky.

Captain Archibald Haddock
Tintin’s dear friend, Captain Haddock balances the young hero’s idealism. He is seafaring traveller, who is short-tempered and was initially portrayed as an alcoholic. Haddock debuted in The Crab with the Golden Claws.

Professor Cuthbert Calculus
The distracted and half-deaf genius professor often misunderstands what people are saying in the series. He gets angry every time someone says ‘he’s acting like a goat’. He debuted in Red Rackham’s Treasure.

Thompson and Thompson
The term ‘bumbling’ is almost synonymous with these detective twins. With the classic moustache and bowler hats, the duo is a regular source of comedy in the series.

Trivia
Tintin’s real age, last name and family history has never clearly been revealed in the series.
The series is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century and has translations published in over 80 languages.
The first story, Tintin In The Land Of The Soviets, appeared in the pages of Le Petit Vingtième in 1929 and ran until 1930. The strip chronicled the adventures of a young reporter named Tintin and his pet Fox Terrier Snowy as they journeyed through the Soviet Union.
The increased demands which Tintin magazine placed on Hergé began to take their toll around 1947. Following that, in 1950, Hergé’s studio was set up.
The 2011 film is Steven Spielberg’s first comic-book adaptation.
He had earlier considered doing Superman.
When the film was in development in 1984, Steven Spielberg wanted Jack Nicholson to play Captain Haddock.