Tintin and the World of Herge: An Illustrated History is an admirable account of Tintin that preserves all the mysteries of the little hero. The creation of Georges Remi, alias Hergé, a Belgian artist born in Brussels in 1907, Tintin is both ageless and sexless, both conservative and progressive. He has neither family origins nor emotional connections. In this, as in many other ways, as Peeters reveals, Tintin resembles the opaque Hergé himself. A splendid compilation of fact and illustration.