Tintin au Congo first appeared as a serial from 5 June 1930, over a period of a year, in "
Le Petit Vingtième", the children's supplement to the Brusssels newspaper "
Le Vingtième Siècle". In 1931 the story was published in book form by Les Editions du Petit Vingtième and a few months later by Editions Casterman of Tournai.
In his portrayal of the Belgian Congo, the young Hergè reflects the colonial attitudes of the time. He himself admitted that he depicted his Africans according to the bourgeois, paternalistic stereotypes of the period. The same may be said of his treatment of big-game hunting and his attitude towards animals.