Posted by: Johan Normark | October 23, 2011

Tintin and the “Maya”

On Friday, on the ”end date” of the Callemanian calendar (not to be confused with the Maya Long Count), the movie “The Adventures of Tintin” will be released here in Sweden. There are other dates for its release throughout the globe and its world premiere was yesterday in Brussels. Tintin was, together with Asterix and Lucky Luke, my favorite comic when I was a kid even after I got hooked up by the Marvel Universe.

One of the controversies regarding Tintin is the fact that the early albums reflect colonial values, such as “Tintin in the Congo.” However, a later album, “Tintin in Tibet,” has even been awarded by the Dalai Lama.

Hergé’s last finished album was “Tintin and the Picaros” (published 1976). The Picaros is a guerilla in San Theodoros, a fictive Latin American banana republic. In this album we find a mixture of what looks like Amazonian people and Mesoamerican architecture. On the cover we see the pyramid at Trenxcoatl built by the ancient Paztecs. The pyramid is clearly inspired by El Castillo at Chichen Itza.

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