Herge and his famous creation, Tintin

Published 1206 GMT (2006 HKT) October 26, 2011
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Tintin, the creation of Belgian author Herge, is beloved by children and adults the world over. AFP/Getty Images
The books showcase Herge's interest in archaeology and anthropology and frequently feature mysterious artifacts from ancient civilizations. AFP/Getty Images
Herge, pictured, wrote and illustrated 23 Tintin books. AFP/Getty Images
A new film, directed by Steven Spielberg, and titled "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn," is released in the UK this week. Getty Images