Here’s a final set of examples on how Tintin and related elements are used as a cultural icon in journalism and topical cartooning. Above, the front page of the april 3, 1987 edition of the Flemish daily De Morgen. It shows La Castafiore singing her famous aria, only now it’s not seeing her beauty that makes her laugh, but the scandals, shennanigans and goings-on that plagued the National Opera at that time.
Below, the Thompson twins (who, in fact, are not even brothers) are used by Flemish cartoonist Gerard Alsteens to comment on the Mexican elections somewhere in the mid-80’s, where everybody claimed they had one.
“I would even state, ‘I win'”