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(20 November 2007) When David Enright filed a complaint with the Commission for Racial Equality over the violent, racist and colonialist messages found in Tintin and the Congo, the controversy sparked a revival of Hergeís comic books at Ė the Internetís largest marketplace for new, secondhand, and out of print books.

The 77-year-old book is the bestselling Tintin title on so far this year - even though this summerís controversy highlighted the bookís racist content. Nostalgia and historical curiosity are the most probable reasons for the interest in an old-fashioned hero forgotten by many.

With a stage play opening on 6 December in Londonís West End and Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson planning a Tintin movie trilogy, expects continued global interest in the young Belgian adventurer.

Ten bestselling Tintin Books on in 2007

  1. Tintin in the Congo
  2. Tintin in America
  3. Tintin in Tibet
  4. Tintin and the Picaros
  5. Tintin in the Land of the Soviets
  6. Tintin and the Alph-Art
  7. Cigars of the Pharaoh
  8. The Castafiore Emerald
  9. The Crab with the Golden Claws
  10. The Blue Lotus

Of the 24 Tintin titles, three (Cigars of the Pharaoh, Tintin in America and Tintin in the Land of the Soviets) depict similar negative racial stereotyping as found in Tintin in the Congo. All three are also among the top 10 bestsellers.

Not all of Hergeís books contain dated themes on race. The Blue Lotus marked Hergeís turning point from broad stereotyping to the meticulous cultural accuracy - a trait that he eventually became known for. Herge met a Chinese art student, Zhang Chongren, who convinced him to change his writing style.

The most expensive Tintin book ever sold by was a 1963 hardcover French edition of The Castafiore Emerald that sold for £795 - it was signed and inscribed by Herge with a sketch of Tintin and Snowy.

The forthcoming West End adaptation is based on Hergeís Himalayan adventure - Tintin in Tibet. This title was heavily influenced by the authorís nervous breakdown in which he had "all white" nightmares that are reflected in the snowy landscapes of Tibet.

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