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Hergé

Interested in all was happening at the time, Hergé collected a century's worth of mythic and historic imagery. Through his illustrative art and narrative science, he gave the European comic strip its badge of honor.

“Hergé in the shadow of Tintin (Hergé à l'ombre de Tintin)”. © 2016 – ARTE France / GEDEON programmes / MOULINSART SA / RMN-Grand Palais / RTBF

Key Dates

1907
Georges Remi was born in Etterbeek, Belgium, May 22.
Georges Remi and his brother, Paul, in 1918. Studios Hergé collection
1920
The young boy begins his studies at the Collège Saint -Boniface in Brussels, he is bored to tears.
1921
He joins the scout troop at his high school, where he receives the nickname "Curious Fox." His first drawings appear in Jamais assez, his school scouting magazine, and starting in 1923 in Le Boy-scout belge, the monthly magazine of the Belgian Boy Scouts.
Hergé scout in 1922
In August 1922, at the age of fifteen, Georges (right) left his country for the first time. Here in Samedan in Switzerland © Saint-Boniface-Parnasse Foundation
1924
From this point onwards, Georges Remi signed his drawings with the name Hergé, reversing his initials, "R.G." (as pronounced in French).
1925
After leaving school, Georges Remi is hired by the newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle as an employee in the subscription department.
1926
He creates Totor (a precursor to Tintin), Patrol Leader of Les Hannetons in Le Boy-scout belge
Le Boy-scout belge - Totor CP des Hannetons
Le Boy-scout belge
Georges Remi performs his military service.
1926 : Sergeant Remi
1926 : Sergeant Remi (on the left). © Michel Lichtaert collection
1928
When he returns to Brussels, Hergé is named chief editor of Le Petit Vingtième, the weekly children supplement to Le Vingtième Siècle. The first issue is published on November 1.
1929
Tintin and Snowy "born" on January 10, in Le Petit Vingtième.
1930
He creates Quick and Flupke, the rascals of Brussels, who will appear in short stories in Le Petit Vingtième. The first Tintin book is published: Tintin, Reporter, in the Land of The Soviets.
1932
Georges Remi marries Germaine Kieckens, secretary of the editor of Le Vingtième Siècle.
Hergé and Germaine in 1932
1932 : Georges Remi and Germaine Kieckens in Brussels. Studios Hergé collection
1934
Casterman Publishing House, based in Tournai, Belgium, becomes the publisher of the Adventures of Tintin. A meeting with a young Chinese student, Chang Chong-Chen, marks a decisive turning point. Hergé becomes convinced of the importance of a soundly built storyline and of the necessity for thorough research and preparation. He begins to take seriously what was, until then, just a simple game.
Hergé, Germaine and Tchang in 1934
1934 : Hergé, Germaine and Tchang in Brussels. © Jacques Langevin / SYGMA
1935
For the French weekly Coeurs Vaillants, Hergé creates a new cast of heroes, Jo, Zette, and Jocko, for the French weekly Coeurs Vaillants. Five books are published.
Cœurs Vaillants number 3 - 19 January 1936
Cœurs Vaillants number 3 - 19 January 1936
1939
As a result of the position taken by Hergé in favor of the Chinese people in The Blue Lotus, Tintin's creator is invited to China by the wife of Chiang Kai-Shek. The imminent war in Europe prevents the trip.
1940
On May 10, Belgium is invaded by German troops. The newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle as well as Le Petit Vingtième disappear. Tintin in the Land of Black Gold, the episode in progress, is suspended for eight years. Hergé begins another adventure, The Crab with the Golden Claws, which he publishes in Le Soir, one of the only newspapers authorised during the German occupation.
Hergé and Germaine in 1940
In 1940, in the panic that followed the first bombings of Brussels, Georges and Germaine decided to flee. They take refuge with their cat Thaïke, their sister-in-law Jeannot and their niece Denise (on the right), at the designer Marijac's house in Auvergne. Philippe Goddin Collection
1942
Casterman Publishing House, are planning to publish standardised books containing 64 pages in full colour, asks Hergé to start adapting previous episodes to fit these new guidelines.
1944
The liberation of Belgium on September 3 ends the publication of the Adventures of Tintin in Le Soir. Some consider that by publishing in a newspaper controlled by the German occupation, Hergé has in fact "collaborated" with it.
1945
Hergé continues the crucial work on his first books. They will be published one after the other according to the new guidelines.
Jacob, Van Melkebeke and Hergé in 1945
1945. Edgar Pierre Jacobs (left) and Jacques Van Melkebeke (centre) will be Hergé's first collaborators. Georges Remi Jr. Collection
1946
On September 26, the first issue of Tintin Magazine is published. It is a new weekly publication created for young people by Raymond Leblanc, a fighter in the French Resistance.
Journal Tintin 26th September 1946
First issue of the Journal Tintin - 26th September 1946
The team of the Journal Tintin in 1953
The team of the Journal Tintin in 1953 at the Berseel castle inn. Hergé Studios Collection
1950
1926 : Sergeant Remi
1926 : Sergeant Remi (on the left). © Michel Lichtaert collection
Studios Hergé in 1958
Studios Hergé in 1958. Bob De Moor, Joseph Loeckx (known as Jo-El Azara), Jacques Martin, Michel Demarets, Baudoin van den Branden, Josette Baujot, Hergé, France Ferrari, Fanny Vlamynck, Alexis Remi. © Nemerlin
1955
Tintin, whose stories are gaining more and more success, is popular enough to be of interest to advertisers. At the same time, Hergé develops a collection of colour prints in which Tintin plays spokesman for different fields of knowledge.
1958
Tintin in Tibet is completed despite Hergé’s personal crisis.
1960
Tintin goes to the movies. Belgian actor Jean-Pierre Talbot plays him on the big screen in Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece. The actor will reappear in 1964 in Tintin and the Blue Oranges. Georges Remi discovers modern art, and it becomes for him a source of true passion. He separates from his wife.
Hergé with Jean-Pierre Talbot
Hergé at the Boulogne-Billancourt studios with Jean-Pierre Talbot, during the promotion of the film Tintin et le mystère de la Toison d'Or, in 1961 © Télé 7 jours
1969
The Studios Belvision of Brussels produce a full-length screen cartoon based on the book Prisoners of the Sun.
1971
On his first visit to the United States, Hergé meets some native Americans.
Hergé discovers America 1971
1971. Forty years after Tintin, Hergé discovers America. Here with the descendant of the great chief Red Cloud. Private collection
1973
Casterman publishes the first volume of the Archives Hergé. Thus the mythical Tintin Reporter of Le Petit Vingtième in the Land of the Soviets reappears more than 40 years after it had become unavailable. Hergé visits Taiwan, 35 years after the official invitation extended to him.
1976
The full-length documentary film I, Tintin,appears on screens. It is dedicated to the hero and his creator. On September 29, a bronze statue of Tintin and Snowy is inaugurated in Brussels.
Hergé poses next to the bronze statue that was made by the Belgian artist Nat Neujean
In 1979, Tintin and Snowy were fifty years old. Hergé poses next to the bronze statue that was made by the Belgian artist Nat Neujean three years earlier © Studio Hergés
1977
Having divorced his first wife, Hergé marries Fanny Vlamynck.
Andy Warhol, leader of Pop Art, makes a series of four portraits of Hergé. The fifty years of Tintin's existence are commemorated everywhere.
Hergé and Andy Warhol - Galerie D Brussels 1977
Hergé and Andy Warhol - Galerie D Brussels 1977 © Studios Hergé
The American Andy Warhol, king of Pop Art, makes a series of 4 portraits of Hergé. The anniversary of Tintin is commemorated a little bit everywhere. The 50 year life of Hergé's favorite hero is most notably celebrated by a postage stamp released by the Belgian Post Office, as well as by the Imaginary Tintin Museum and the book Fifty Years of Happy Work, etc.
1981
Hergé and Chang Chong-Chen are happily reunited. Chang was the Chinese friend who had inspired The Blue Lotus more than 45 years earlier.
1982
To celebrate Hergé's 75th birthday, the Belgian Astronomical Society names a recently discovered planet after him. Planet Hergé is located between Mars and Jupiter
One of the very last portraits of Hergé
1982. One of the very last portraits of Hergé, on the occasion of his birthday at the Wolvendael Park in Brussels © Gamma-Studios
1983
On March 3, Georges Remi (a.k.a. Hergé) dies.
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tofutush
2021/10/11 13:22 PM
RIP Herge.
yoshu
2021/06/28 15:58 PM
RIP sir... You were an amazing artist and made me really happy and your comics are amazing and exciting
samvi
2021/05/21 08:55 AM
I was just dejected after realising the last book of the series was left incomplete because Mr.Remi had to deal with a serious illness.After he had passed away(RIP sir) , the fans who tried to complete the series took effort to finish the Tintin 24 books sequel.The book is Alph Art.Hats off to Herge and his fans!This is what you call dedication.

PS:Herge predicted a lot many stuff.Like even before manned rockets were sent to space,he had made out a comic based on that!That's just mind blowing.
gishanb
2021/03/17 12:29 PM
පොත් නම් කියවන්න හම්බුනේ නෑ ඒත් අවුරුදු 26ක් වෙලත් පිස්සුවෙන් වගේ බලන කාටූන් එකක් මේක.
ආදරෙයි ටිංටිං ❤️
reydeltin123
2021/01/08 06:17 AM
It Would be nice if Herge had completed his last Tintin album "The Alfa Art". But sadly he had a serious illness that took a heavy toll on him and limited his life on this earth.

But there is 3 finished versions of this album drawn by other cartoonist. The most known version of this album is drawn and told by the cartoonist
Yves Rodier, who also is a big fan of Tintin.

But I may mention, that the finished versions of the album "The alfabet Art" are not legal.
hanna1
2021/01/06 19:56 PM
An AMAZING artist!!!
tintinteo21
2020/12/23 23:25 PM
Wow
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