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Essentials about Tintin and Hergé

The Adventures of Tintin is a world-famous comic series, created from 1929 onwards by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé, whose real name was Georges Remi (1907-1983). The series is composed of 24 albums, from the first album Tintin in the Land of the Soviets in 1930 to the last one, Tintin and the Alph-Art (unfinished album).

Tintin and Snowy
Tintin and Snowy © Hergé / Moulinsart 2021

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The main characters of the Adventures of Tintin

Tintin is, of course, much more than the intrepid hero whose cause is just and whose heart is pure: he is the centre piece of a complex universe where we are placed face to face with our own reality. Characters such as captain Haddock, professor Calculus, Bianca Castafiore, or Thompson & Thomson, are lending colour, depth, and perspective to his world. Tintin: a unique palette of qualities, combining breathtaking tales, clear line graphics, and themes of universal appeal.
Captain Haddock
Captain Haddock © Hergé / Moulinsart 2021
Professor Cuthbert Calculus
Professor Cuthbert Calculus © Hergé / Moulinsart 2021
Thomson and Thompson
Thomson and Thompson © Hergé / Moulinsart 2021
Bianca Castafiore
Bianca Castafiore © Hergé / Moulinsart 2021
Roberto Rastapopoulos
Roberto Rastapopoulos © Hergé / Moulinsart 2021
Nestor
Nestor © Hergé / Moulinsart 2021
Abdallah
Abdallah © Hergé / Moulinsart 2021
Jolyon Wagg
Jolyon Wagg © Hergé / Moulinsart 2021
General Alcazar
General Alcazar © Hergé / Moulinsart 2021
Reprinted and published in ever greater numbers, the books are a source of inspiration for artists, writers, producers, and directors. Tintin personifies all of the universal values that are a mirror to everyone's own aspirations. Eternally youthful, the indefatigable reporter continues to conquer the world with unflagging, never-failing vitality.

Tintin's legendary puff did not always exist...

In Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, our hero has his hair pulled forward for eight pages. In the last square of this eighth page, Tintin starts off in a convertible car. His puff rises up and will never fall down again.
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets - Tintin's puff rises up and will never fall down again
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (1930) page 8 © Hergé / Moulinsart 2021
Did you know ?
  • Tintin was born on 10 January 1929 in the Belgian weekly "Le Petit Vingtième".
  • Snowy is an exceptionally white wire Fox terrier.
  • Since 1929, more than 270 million copies (figures for 2019) have been sold. The Tintin adventures have been translated in more than 110 languages.
  • The real name of Tintin's creator is Georges Remi. By reversing his initials to R.G. he created his pen name: Hergé.
  • Tintin explores the moon in 1953, i.e. 16 years before Neil Armstrong.
  • The Thom(p)sons are not brothers nor identical. We can tell the difference between them by comparing their moustaches.
  • The first appearance of Captain Haddock: The Crab with Golden Claws (the 9th adventure).

Hergé, an unassuming genius

Hergé, or Georges Remi, born in Brussels on May 22, 1907, studied at the college of Saint-Boniface, where, in his own words, he was bored to death. In 1921, he joins the boy scouts, where he acquires the totem name of Inquisitive Fox, and his first drawings are subsequently reproduced in the boy scouts magazines? Upon completion of his studies, Georges Remi is employed in the subscription department of the magazine Le Vingtième Siècle. His career, interrupted in 1927 by his military service, takes a new turn in 1928 when he is made responsible for designing, supervising, and illustrating Le Petit Vingtième, a weekly supplement intended for the magazine's youthful readership. Tintin and Snowy make their debut there on January 10 in 1929.
“Hergé in the shadow of Tintin (Hergé à l'ombre de Tintin)”. © 2016 – ARTE France / GEDEON programmes / MOULINSART SA / RMN-Grand Palais / RTBF
In those first stories, which he considers fun things, a game, Hergé allows his imagination free rein: he improvises instead of elaborating the plot. But, in 1934, Tchong-Jen, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. The young Chinese persuades him to write well-researched stories and to get solid documentation for his material. Tchang's subsequent influence on Hergé's work is obvious. During the war, Hergé works for the news-paper Le Soir, for which he will later on be censored by certain quarters, because Le Soir was being published with permission from the occupying Nazi forces. Neverthel-ess, when reading the Adventures of Tintin, one can get a taste of Hergé's aversion (The Blue Lotus), or of his skepticism (Tintin and the Picaros), to and with the notion of totalitarian regimes.
Did you know ?
  • On May 22, 1907: Georges Remi, or Hergé is born in Brussels.
  • On January 10, 1929: Tintin and Snowy characters appear for the first time.
  • In 1930: The first comic book: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets.
  • In 1946: Publication of the first issue of the Journal Tintin
  • In 1950: Hergé sets up the Hergé Studios.
  • In 1976: Latest Album: Tintin and the Picaros.
  • On March 3, 1983: Hergé passes away...
As of 1946, the Tintin adventures will appear in their own weekly, titled Tintin (or Kuifje in the Dutch edition), at the initiative of Raymond Leblanc.
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