Tintin books have been translated into more than 70 languages and are known and loved across the globe. However, in 1929 the then 22-year-old Hergé was still drawing for Le Petit Vingtième, a children's supplement to the now-defunct daily Le Vingtième Siecle.
The serialised Tintin stories proved so popular that soon Le Petit Vingtième published them in 16-page instalments instead of the original eight. On Feb 13, 1930, Tintin made the cover of the supplement.
Just a few months later the first book of what was to be a series of two dozen Tintin albums was published. The album was entitled "Tintin in the Land of the Soviets".
Most of the old Tintin cover illustrations are on display at the Hergé museum in Louvain-la-Neuve (Walloon Brabant)
Despite often setting his Tintin tales in exotic locations, Hergé rarely left Belgium during his lifetime. He died in 1983 aged 75.