Bootleg Tintin comics feature gay sex

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com February 15 2001 12:00 AM ET

BBC News reports that Belgian authorities have seized a shipment of forged Tintin comic books that feature the cast of the classic comic on a sex tour in Thailand. Undercover police nabbed about 650 copies of a comic book called Tintin in Thailand; three men were arrested but later released from custody. The contraband comics feature Tintin engaging in homosexual acts in a bar while his fox terrier companion, Snowy, performs similar acts with a Siamese cat. Other scenes in the book show Tintin and his friends Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus on a pub crawl in Bangkok’s notorious Pat Pong district. The publishers of the real Tintin, created by Belgian artist Hergé, notified the police that a man calling himself “Bud E. Wyser” was offering distributors a “previously unknown Tintin book.” Brussels police sent in an undercover officer, who posed as a prospective buyer for the comic books.