Belgium’s colonial presence created a lot of curiosity about different African cultures within Belgium and across Europe during the 1930s. In Tintin in the Congo, Hergé takes his readers to Africa, while sending Tintin and Snowy to combat nefarious elements threatening the local tribes. But while taking on diamond smugglers — managed by none other than American gangster Al Capone — Tintin and Snowy have lions, monkeys and all kinds of wildlife to deal with!
In The Crab with the Golden Claws, Tintin enlists the help of a testy Captain Haddock to chase down opium smugglers in Morocco. Cigars of the Pharaoh takes the courageous detective on an epic journey through Egypt and into the tomb of a pharaoh — which is full of secrets and possibly offers a helpful clue in Tintin’s search for the opium smugglers!