So Tintin is either 21 or 12 I’m gonna go with the second.
you know one thing I found out a while back, so on the official French Tintin website, it says Tintin is about 16-18 but on the official Spirou website it states Spirou is 20 years old.
I don’t know how I feel about this
i was doing some research and the drinking laws in Belgium state that if accompanied by adults you were able to drink wine or beer if you were under the age of 16. to drink spirits you would have to be 18, so tintin could very possibly be either 16 or 17 yrs of age
Herge himself said, in a couple interviews later in his life, that he never had a specific age in mind for Tintin, but that Tintin was perhaps around 14-15 in the early stories and around 17 by the later ones.
As far as I can tell from some incredibly quick internet research, in Belgium in 1940, when this particular story started publication, it was illegal to sell alcohol to people under the age of 16, but this law had only been put into place in 1939. Herge might not have even been thinking of Tintin’s age in the few instances he showed him with alcohol.
(As for Spirou, there have been so many artists with so many different interpretations that I wonder how they could even give him an official age!)