Continued from the Negative side of Tintin
topic, since it doesn't really relate to the original issue.
Tintin's childhood, background, family etc. are not mentioned at all in the official canon, as far as I can recall.
However, in Frederic Tuten's novel "Tintin in the New World - a romance", Tintin talks about his childhood. He says that he remembers "being small, holding the hand of some great grown-up while ambling along in their train on a Sunday afternoon when young and old strolled along in their Sunday clothes, then stopping off at some crowded café to take an ice or a pastry, and the waiting and waiting for the grown-up to decide to leave and take you home once again".
He later says that he wore "a long blue coat and black shiny shoes. And since I always had a sore throat, I was made to wear a long red scarf, the scarlet colour of my throat, Mother would say."
Of course, these are only interpretations by another author at what Tintin's childhood was like. Following that last passage about the long coat and the scarf, I get the idea that Tintin looked a lot like the Little Prince when he was a child. Although I imagine little Tintin would have had less of a tousled head of hair, and it would have been all brushed to the front, sort of like in Soviets. They are both very much alike, too, if you think about it - Tintin and the prince are both innocent, curious, pure, good-hearted ... fair-headed, quite short, French-speaking - the list goes on.
What does everyone else think Tintin was like as a child - behaviour-wise, in terms of looks, etc ?