Tintin

The scene is the palace of the Maharaja of Gaipajama, where a messenger from China arrives out of the blue. Before he can speak, he is silenced. "A dart ... dipped in Rajaijah juice ... the poison of madness ... poor chap ... he just had time to tell me I'm needed in Shanghai," says Tintin, the hero of "The Blue Lotus" and 22 other comic book adventures created by Belgian artist Georges Remi (who wrote as Herge) between 1929 and 1983. -- Susan Spano Read more: For this cartoon hero, life is a fantastic journey Upper photo: The Stockel Metro stop in Brussels Lower photo credit: Jacques DeMarthon / AFP / Getty Images Herwig Vergult / AFP / Getty Images
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