Tintin

Quiff-headed boy-reporter Tintin is, dare we say it, the most famous Belgian. Charming young and old alike, Tintin’s adventures involve a beloved team of misfits, including dog Snowy, crusty old salt Captain Haddock and diva-with-a-heart-of-gold Bianca Castafiore. Tintin books have been translated into more than 50 languages and still sell more than two million copies a year. Blistering barnacles! Creator Georges Remi's pen name, Hergé, came from his reversed initials, RG, pronounced in French. His initial efforts featured some crude racial stereotypes, later regretted by him as he took a genuine interest in portraying other cultures.