Location: Oregon, United States of America

Position: Parent

I have never really been a fan of comic books, save for an occasional Archie comic digest. I simply never understood the obsession with the super heroes and war heroes and whatever other characters might be found in comic books. For the most part this has not changed, but since I’ve been married, my husband has introduced me to one series of comic books that are admittedly entertaining; thanks to him I am now a Tintin fan. While there is no super hero in this comic book, it is full of adventure, action, slapstick comedy, and full color illustrations.

The main character of these comic books is Tintin, a young roving reporter, who always seems to find his way into and out of various troubles and adventures. He is often accompanied by Captain Haddock; a swaggering sailor who enjoys his drink, Professor Cornelius; a fumbling genius who often need rescuing, and Snowy; his faithful little white dog who is capable of accomplishing the most daring and difficult of challenges.

The adventures embarked upon are often unsought and accidental as Tintin rarely seeks them. The comics are not based in any way on reality, but like any good action packed adventure, the hero always manages to escape and save the day. Tintin’s many exploits take him from the deserts of the Mideast to the moon, under the sea and into the jungle, and many places in between.

The plot and dialogue may never win a Pulitzer, but they are entertaining stories packed full of pictures and comical adventure. The one downside that parents, teachers or librarians should be aware of is that these comic books were written many years ago and are not always politically correct. Stereotypes and slang words are sometimes used for certain characters that would today be referred to differently. Generally speaking there is rarely anything that is outright offensive, but simply outdated and not used in our language today. Older boys who might be interested in the comics should be okay, but you should be aware that some younger boys may not understand that some phrases are not acceptable in today’s society and if repeated they may end up rather embarrassed.

If you know a boy who loves comic book, these may be a good way to get him reading. Because, besides some outdated phrases that may need some discussion, the comics are not overly violent, nor do they show any gratuitous pictures of scantly clad women. Tintin comic books are simply good adventure stories that are engaging and entertaining.

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