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Tintin creator Hergé’s 110th birth anniversary: He made the world more enjoyable

Georges Prosper Remi, aka Hergé, was born on May 22, 2017, and gave us characters like Tintin, Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus. His comic books were the best gifts for generations of readers.

art and culture Updated: May 22, 2017 09:28 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
Tintin, the intrepid reporter, is one of the most popular cartoon characters created in the 20th century. (YouTube)

Known by the pen name Hergé, the Belgian cartoonist Georges Prosper Remi is the man behind the cult cartoon series The Adventures of Tintin. On his 110th birth anniversary, let’s open our favourite Tintin comic book and remember its creator.

Hergé was born on May 22, 1907, in Brussels, Belgium. In his childhood, he loved to draw and was adept at it, without any training. His schooling happened during World War I. After the war, he got to publish his first cartoon: The Adventures of Totor for the magazine Le Boy-Scout Belge.

It was in 1930 when Hergé published the first Tintin book, titled Tintin in the Land of the Soviets. Over the next five decades, Tintin became one of the most popular cartoon characters of the 20th century, accompanied by the always swearing Captain Haddock and the absent-minded, hard-of-hearing Professor Calculus, and, of course, the trusty dog Snowy.

Hergé, the creator of Tintin, with a bust of the boy detective. ( Wikipedia )

Tintin travelled across the world, from China in the East to America in the West. The brilliant wit of the comics’ dialogues and characters’ amusing quirks made this series a universal favourite.

By the time Hergé died, on March 3, 1983, he had written 23 Tintin comics, leaving the world a far more enjoyable place.

By believing in his dreams, man turns them into reality. — Hergé

Hergé trivia

1.He created Tintin, a golden-haired teenage reporter and super-detective for the children’s supplement of the Belgian Catholic newspaper Le Vingtième Siecle. Tintin moved into his own magazine in the year 1946.

2. Hergé was inspired by the works of the French writer Jules Verne, who wrote such classic adventure novels as Around the World in Eighty Days.

3. He created the pen name by reversing his initials G and R (Georges Remi), making it RG or Hergé.

4. Tintin explored the moon in 1954, i.e. 15 years before Neil Armstrong.

5. Hergé created two other well-known series, Quick & Flupke (1930–40) and The Adventures of Jo, Zette and Jocko (1936–57).

6.Hergé Museum was established in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in 2009.

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First Published: May 22, 2017 07:32 IST