Top 10 Colorful Adventures of Tintin

As I said in my last post, if you like colorful plots, good characters, elaborate settings, and are O.K. with slightly exaggerated escapes and a few stereotypes, then you should give Tintin a read.  Following is a list of (in my opinion) the top 10 best Tintin books.  You don’t have to read them in this order, but if you do, the characters will be introduced chronologically:

  1. King Ottokar’s Scepter – Tintin attempts to stop a plot to dethrone the king of Syldavia (a fictional European country).

  2. Cigars of the Pharaoh – A crazy professor and a mysterious smuggling organization make this comic interesting.
  3. The Blue Lotus – Continues Tintin’s adventures from Cigars of the Pharaoh.
  4. The Black Island – Tintin uncovers a gang of counterfeiters in Scotland.
  5. The Broken Ear – A precious gem, a stolen statue, and two cutthroats combine to make this story highly dramatic.
  6. The Crab with the Golden Claws – The belligerent Captain Haddock is introduced in this book.
  7. The Secret of the Unicorn – Captain Haddock and Tintin begin a treasure hunt for the lost gold of Haddock’s ancestors, but they are not the only ones searching for the gold.
  8. Red Rackham’s Treasure – The treasure hunt culminates in a sea voyage to find the location of the lost fortune.
  9. The Calculus Affair – Maybe a bit far-fetched in terms of technology, this story succeeds because of the hair-breadth escapes, humor, and complex plot.
  10. Land of Black Gold – A nefarious villain from The Black Island returns, this time plotting war in the Middle East.

These colorful collections are each 62 pages in length, and can be purchased from, among other online retailers

Edit: just to be clear, we are in no way affiliated with  We are not being paid to advertise products for (Ouch.  That’s a pretty harsh way to end a review…)

Anyway, happy reading!


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