Classic picture of Tintin and his dog "Snowy"
I'm not gonna debate if Tintin is gay or not - the article is written by a man who lives in a country where all the superheroes are wearing tiny pastel colored tricots and live by themselves in caves - beacuse the argument is quite stupid, I will rather become a bit nostalgic because all this talking of Tintin makes me remember my childhood and how much I loved watching Tintin on saturdays and reading the comics.
Tintin was, and is still for me, a very European hero. Where his American (or Japanese) colleagues have the power to completly destroy their enemies and the wickeds offer total annihilation of the good, Tintin is more a down-to-earth type of guy (like Superman he is a journalist). His solutions and experiences are more realistic, he himself is more realistic. For example when Tintin goes to Shangai, he is not able, nor never tries, to toss out the occupation power (the Japanese) because it is simple impossible for him to do that on his own. But of course, he still has some "super powers". He does not carry a gun, but he shoots like an ace, he does not care about money (unlike his creator "Hergé") and in many of the albums the author shows capitalism in a bad light, like in the 1931 album "Tintin in America" where buisnessmen steals land from the indians because of an oil source on the land.
The Law that is mentioned on the left here was pushed trough by a very odd alliance consisting of jobless French cartoonists, Catholics and Communists. Their aim was to make the cartoons a bit more "nationalistic", but also to block comics from America.
Even though there has been alot of critism against both the political life and opinions of Hergé during the WW2, his coop with the German influenced Belgian newspaper Le Soir and his agendas during that period, there is no doubt that the work of Hergé on Tintin is of high quality. The drawings are very neet, there is a tence pacing of the plots and the cartoons are intellegent and witty. Alot of the albums has influenced for example Hitchcock movies, dark cities, smoking killers and a world of tapped hotel phones are all things that can be recognized.
And for those who are afraid of an american directing the Tintin triolgy, Hergé himself said before just days before he died: "This Tintin will doubtless be different, but it will be a good Tintin". So we can only trust that Spielberg will do a good job on our hero.