10/19/2010 03:01 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Unlikely Travel Guide: Can A Comic Inspire Travel?

In the days before TV, the clear-line graphics of creator Georges Rémi, aka Hergé, were a kind of National Geographic for kids. From Russia to Tibet, Egypt to America, Tintin travelled -- accompanied by his faithful dog Snowy and the irascible Captain Haddock - to solve crimes and become an early champion of the rights of local indigenous people in 23 books published from 1929 onwards.

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