The Real Tintin
In 1928 the Danish newspaper Politiken held a competition in honour of Jules Verne, the prize being, rather fittingly, an around the world trip. The competition was open only to teenaged boys who would be assisted to circumnavigate the globe in 46 days unaccompanied and by using any means of transportation with the exception of aviation.
Fifteen year old Palle Huld from Hellerup, Denmark, was chosen as the winner from hundreds of applications. On 1st March 1928 he left Denmark and travelled through England, Scotland, Canada, Japan, Korea, China (Manchuria), The Soviet Union, Poland and Germany before returning to Copenhagen to the cheers of a gathered crowd twenty-thousand people strong. Shortly after this trip he took another through Sweden, back to England, and to France, where he ay flowers at the grave of Jules Verne. He later became an actor.