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Danish film actor Palle Huld who inspired Tintin has died at 98

— Danish actor Palle Huld,  who reportedly inspired a Belgian cartoonist to create the comic book reporter Tintin, has died. He was 98.Huld died Nov. 26 in a retirement home in Copenhagen. The cause of death was not given.

Huld was a stage actor with Denmark’s Royal Theater, and he appeared in 40 Danish films between 1933 and 2000.

However, his fame came before his acting career began.
In 1928, he won a competition organized by Danish newspaper that wanted to send a teenager would-be-reporter around the globe.more

The series is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, with translations published in more than 50 languages and more than 200 million copies of the books sold to date.[1] Its popularity around the world has been attributed to its “universal appeal” and its ability to transcend “time, language and culture.”[2]
Set during a largely realistic 20th century, the hero of the series is Tintin, a young Belgian reporter.

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The Shooting Star was nonetheless controversial. The story line involved a race between two crews trying to reach a meteorite which had landed in the Arctic. Hergé chose a subject that was as fantastic as possible to avoid issues related to the crisis of the times and to thereby avoid trouble with the censors. Nonetheless politics intruded. In the original version, the crew Tintin joined was composed of Europeans from Axis or neutral countries (“Europe”) while their underhanded rivals were Americans, financed by a person with a Jewish name and what Nazi propagandists would dub “Jewish features”;[13] later editions would substitute a fictitious country for the United States. Tintin himself uses a World War II Arado 196 German reconnaissance aircraft. In a scene which appeared when the story was being serialised in Le Soir, two Jews, depicted in classic anti-Semitic caricature, are shown watching Philippulus harassing Tintin. One actually looks forward to the end of the world, arguing that it would mean that he would not be obliged to settle with his creditors.
After the war Hergé admitted that: “I recognize that I myself believed that the future of the West could depend on the New Order. For many, democracy had proved a disappointment, and the New Order brought new hope. In light of everything which has happened, it is of course a huge error to have believed for an instant in the New Order”.[14] The Tintin character was never depicted as adhering to these beliefs. However, it has been argued that anti-Semitic themes continued, especially in the post-war story Flight 714.[15]more

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Anonymous said…
The metamorphoses of Tintin, or, Tintin for adults
By Jean-Marie Apostolidès, Jocelyn Hoy

http://books.google.com/books?id=8TizX-868GgC&lpg=PA30&ots=4BKbScoXrZ&dq=Le%20Soir%20Tintin&pg=PA30#v=onepage&q=Le%20Soir%20Tintin&f=false

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