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January 24, 2005

Poll: Tintin Remains Favorite Character


Here's a report on a French poll about favorite comics characters in which only 10 percent of people say they never read comics. Tintin still goes #1 at 22 percent. The rest of the top ten are Asterix (20 percent), Lucky Luke (8), Gaston Lagaffe (8), Titeuf (4), Mickey (2), and Boule et Bill, Obelix, Corto Maltese and Blake and Mortimer all coming in at one percent each. Titeuf placed really well with the young'uns, while Tintin was an overwhelming favorite of the over 35 crowd. The article also asserts that Tintin fans tend to skew rightward, but so do most older people, so I'm not sure what to make of that.

It occurs to me that in the United States, even if the feature were of equal popularity, I'm not sure fans would latch onto such a straightforward good guy as Herge's protagonist.

In another article with a bit more business gravitas, it's noted that sales of Tintin books made up 17 percent of Casterman's sales last year, down from highs around 50 percent in the late '70s and early '80s.
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