Tintin in America

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First edition album (Belgium) published in 1932.

Having overcome Al Capone’s gangsters in Tintin in the Congo, Tintin is sent to Chicago, Illinois, to clean up the city. He’s captured by gangsters several times and soon meets Capone himself. Although he temporarily captures Capone and some of his henchmen, the policeman he calls to arrest the gangsters doesn’t believe his story and tries to have Tintin locked up instead! Tintin’s ultimate failure to capture Capone reflects the fact that the gangster was still active when the comic strip was written.

As the adventure continues, Tintin battles crooks and skillfully escapes from traps. Quite early on in the story, devious gangster Bobby Smiles escapes Chicago to travel deep into Indian territory. Will Tintin be able to track him down…or find himself face to face with an even more dangerous enemy?

Tintin in America

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Tintin in America takes place in the era of Prohibition, a time of clandestine bars, secret distilleries and a drastic rise in crime. Gangsters found Prohibition a fantastic way to get rich — and their wealth allowed them to bribe police officers and judges to keep themselves out of jail. One of the most powerful leaders of this corrupt movement was Al Capone, a key character in this Tintin tale.

Part of Tintin in America focuses on the Indian territories during the period in which Native Americans were herded onto reservations and their land was exploited for its natural resources. In this story, Hergé brings to life this tragic chapter in American history. Ever since his days in the Boy Scouts, Hergé had been fascinated with Native American culture and tradition.

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Tintin in America



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