‘Billions of blue blistering barnacles!’ begins Captain Haddock’s favoured screaming imprecation. And he had ample opportunity to express it in the course of the comics.
Then there was the titular, boy-reporter Tintin and his mutt pal, Snowy. The permanently, dazed-looking professor needing constant rescuing. The twins who got in the way more than they helped. Let’s not forget Inspector Thompson.
Complete as a group or numbering only three (Tintin, Snowy, Captain Haddock), this cast of colourful characters literally took us on heart-thumping and whimsical adventures around the world. Thailand. Congo. Tibet. Egypt. America. Calculus. Moscow.