My first Tintin album, The Blue Lotus, was given to me for my 6 year birthday. It was one of the darker and more exotic albums, a story where our hero fights international drug smugglers set in 1931 Shanghai under a difficult political situation (the unpleasant presence of the International Settlement and the forthcoming Japanese invasion), and a social climate where discrimination, abuse and violence were the order of the day — a totally unfit read for a little boy! Although I wasn't able to understand much of this yet, of course, the world of Tintin captured my imagination like few other things have. Ever. Den blå Lotus remains one of my favorite albums along with Flight 714, The Calculus Affair, The Castafiore Emmerald, Land of Black Gold and Destination Moon. Happy 75!
More fun stuff:
Official Homepage of Tintin
Nationmaster Encyclopedia: The Blue Lotus Synopsis
Visit the Loch Lomond Distillery
Les Autos de Tintin (My fave is the Lancia Aurelia)
Tintin Wallpapers [No Sense of Place]