The Press: Sweetness & Blight

Both cartoonists have hordes of loyal fans; both draw moonfaced characters; both go by a single name. There ends the resemblance between Belgium's Herge and France's Sine, two of Europe's finest cartoonists. To win an audience, Herge sees mostly the sweetness, Sine sees mostly the blight.

Ingenuous, Ingenious. Herge's sunny creation is an ingenuous, ingenious teenage adventurer named Tintin, who acts like a Rover Boy, looks like the early Skeezix with his upswept lock of hair, and is easily Europe's most popular comic-strip character. French children once named him their favorite hero in a magazine poll, gave him nearly three times...

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