A Spanish illustrated novel called “The Pink Lotus” by Antonio Altarriba, depicting the older years of Tintin as a dissolute, womanizing journalist, has been strongly tut-tutted by Hergé’s estate. The book, published by Edicions de Ponent, has been withdrawn after the estate claimed it “perverted the essence of the personality” of the character.
In the banned version, Tintin is depicted in his 30s. Many of his contemporaries have disappeared and the famous journalist is undergoing a midlife crisis.
Portrayed as a dissolute tabloid journalist, Tintin has affairs with various women; his past glories long behind him. In the book there are graphic scenes, including one of a man – not Tintin – and a woman having sex.
Altarriba, a comic-book writer, said: “I am an author and am totally against plagiarism, but the use of personalities which are already in existence is common.
“I have used many characters from the past in my books and I have never had a problem. But after this I will never write again about Tintin.”
No, you won’t!