Franco-Belgian comic books

Cartoons have a history going back to the 19th century Punch magazine, 18th century William Hogarth, and beyond. But as 20th century cartoon styles in the English-speaking world evolved into comic books for children, the more sophisticated style developing in France and Belgium appealed to young and old alike.

Tintin, reporter and explorer

Tintin, reporter and explorer Tintin, created by Belgian Georges Remi in 1929, first entered British popular cultural via the animated televison series Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin (1959-64).

Asterix, freedom fighter and adventurer

Asterix the Gaul. Asterix was the creation of René Goscinny (writer) and Albert Uderzo (illustrator) in 1959. Fourteen movies (ten animated and four live action) have been made of Asterix’s adventures to date.