Not directly based on any of Hergé's Tintin stories, it
was about a ship, La Toison d'or, that was bequeathed to
Tintin's sailor friend Captain Haddock. As it turned out later,
the ship had hidden on board the stolen gold from the central bank
of a Latin American country. Although the friends had to battle
baddies (and win) the end result was that no gold was found. "Mais
alors" this cannot be true as the gold-ometer tells me it is
there - and it was, hidden in the hand rails!
Belgian cartoonist Georges Rémi (1907-1983) first started
drawing Tintin in 1929 for the weekly supplement to the newspaper
Vingtieme Siecle (20th Century). The first Tintin
book was Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (1930).
The Tintin series of 24 hardback albums have been
translated into more than 50 languages, and sold more than 200 million
copies worldwide, backed up with a vast range of spin-off toys this
makes Tintin the most popular cartoon character
in the world, putting the likes of younger upstarts such as Superman
into the shade.