The adventures of Tintin in the Congo will be moved from the children's shelves in Borders bookstores across the country and placed in the adult graphic novels section after the book was criticised for having allegedly racist content.
The Commission for Racial Equality said yesterday it was unacceptable for any shop to stock or sell the 1930s cartoon adventure of the Belgian boy journalist because of its crude racial stereotypes.
There's never been a printing of Tintin in Congo in the US to my recollection. I bought the French version in Canada a couple years back and I have to agree that it does have a lot of racist content in it. I'm surprised that in 2007, we are seeing backlash against a 70 year old book though. I figured that it would have come sooner, or not at all.
They don't need to cook up a new hero for this. Avengers Academy has young heroes, Runaways are still out there presumably, the Fantastic Four has a whole class of sidekicks, and Wolverine & The X-Men is all about teaching young mutants.