Tintin (By Hergé) Memorabilia Auction At Delcampe.
by Anura Guruge
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I have now been an avid fan of Tintin comics for nearly 50 years — though in my old age I do appreciate that much of the material is blatantly racist and that Tintin is far from what I would want in a son! I actually tackled this in detail in this post, 4 years ago, when the the Vatican classed him as a ‘Catholic Hero‘.
As you can see from the top image I do have a FEW Tintin comics. They represent the 4th set of Tintin comics I have owned over the last 50 years! My adoptive father, who loved books (probably even more than I do (if that is indeed possible), introduced me to Tintin comics, in Ceylon, in the early 1960s — when I was around 8 – 9. As I have chronicled before the one thing that I had a plenty when growing up (alongside corporal punishment, food and tuition) was book. My father got me whatever books I wanted or what he thought I would like. He got me the Tintin books because he wanted to read them too. And that is OK. It is one of the few family traditions that have endured. The current set of Tintin comics I have — I got for Devanee a few years ago. She reads them, I look after them along with our collection of Asterix comics (and I will confess I like Astrix much, much more than I do Tintin). I went through the same process with Matthew, my son, when he was about 9. I got him Tintin books — because like I and Devanee he loved them.
I did say 4th set. So first set was what my adoptive father got me in Ceylon in early 1960. When we left Ceylon in 1967 I was not allowed to take any of my HUGE collection of books. They were just given to folks. Great shame. That library would be worth a FORTUNE today since it included complete sets of books by the likes of Enid Blyton. In the 1970s as a fairly well to do professional in England I bought myself all the Tintin & Asterix comics for my new library. That library too got mangled when I moved to the States in 1985 though I did bring across 3,500 books! [I was given a 40′ container to bring across whatever I wanted.] The 3rd set was what I bought for Matthew and the 4th for Devanee.
I just got an e-mail from Delcampe about the Tintin auction. Funnily enough, in the last month, Devanee had mentioned that she would like me to get more Tintin books. Hhhmm. I haven’t bought much from Delcampe. But I will take a look at this auction. IF I see anything that is cheap I will indulge.