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
Georges Remi was born in Etterbeek, Belgium, May 22.
Georges Remi and his brother, Paul, in 1918. Studios Hergé collection
The young boy begins his studies at the Collège Saint -Boniface in Brussels, he is bored to tears.
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.
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
From this point onwards, Georges Remi signed his drawings with the name Hergé, reversing his initials, "R.G." (as pronounced in French).
After leaving school, Georges Remi is hired by the newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle as an employee in the subscription department.
He creates Totor (a precursor to Tintin), Patrol Leader of Les Hannetons in Le Boy-scout belge
Le Boy-scout belge
Georges Remi performs his military service.
1926 : Sergeant Remi (on the left). © Michel Lichtaert collection
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.
Tintin and Snowy "born" on January 10, in Le Petit Vingtième.
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.
Georges Remi marries Germaine Kieckens, secretary of the editor of Le Vingtième Siècle.
1932 : Georges Remi and Germaine Kieckens in Brussels. Studios Hergé collection
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.
1934 : Hergé, Germaine and Tchang in Brussels. Studios Hergé collection
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Hergé continues the crucial work on his first books. They will be published one after the other according to the new guidelines.
1945. Edgar Pierre Jacobs (left) and Jacques Van Melkebeke (centre) will be Hergé's first collaborators. Georges Remi Jr. Collection
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.
First issue of the Journal Tintin - 26th September 1946
The team of the Journal Tintin in 1953 at the Berseel castle inn. Hergé Studios Collection
Having undertaken Explorers on the Moon, an episode requiring careful technical work as well as great documentary precision and extreme attention to detail, Hergé enlists a number of collaborators and founds the Studios Hergé.
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
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.
Tintin in Tibet is completed despite Hergé’s personal crisis.
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 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
The Studios Belvision of Brussels produce a full-length screen cartoon based on the book Prisoners of the Sun.
On his first visit to the United States, Hergé meets some native Americans.
1971. Forty years after Tintin, Hergé discovers America. Here with the descendant of the great chief Red Cloud. Private collection
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.
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.
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
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 © 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.
Hergé and Chang Chong-Chen are happily reunited. Chang was the Chinese friend who had inspired The Blue Lotus more than 45 years earlier.
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
1982. One of the very last portraits of Hergé, on the occasion of his birthday at the Wolvendael Park in Brussels © Gamma-Studios
On March 3, Georges Remi (a.k.a. Hergé) dies.
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