The man behind Tintin

What’s the connection between Tintin and Palle Huld, a Danish actor who just died at the age of 98?

Palle won a competition organized by Danish newspaper that wanted to send a teenager would-be-reporter around the globe. In 44 days Palle travelled to North America, Japan, Siberia and Germany and was greeted by 20,000 people on his return to Copenhagen.

Herge, the pen name of Belgian author Georges Remi, was inspired by Palle Huld’s to create Tintin the globetrotting reporter who always gets caught up in an adventure.

Steven Spielberg’s 3D motion picture, Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is set for release in 2011. Blistering barnacles, that will be a huge Tintin revival!

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