If a funny little detective named Tintin lights up your bookshelf, here is some fun news for you! This month, Tintin turns ninety! (Well, actually, it’s been ninety years since the comic first appeared in 1929.) The lovable detective, his pet dog named Snowy, and the bumbling policemen Thompson and Thompson joined Captain Haddock in twenty-four comic books. But if you look for the name of the creator, you might find the name Hergé instead of the real name of the Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi.
Remi first drew under the pen name Hergé in the youth supplement of the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle, and when it quickly grew in popularity, he created a studio to produce the work that followed his success.
Tintin’s popularity came not only from the fact that he was a clever detective, but also because the stories were set in multiple locations around the world. Titles like Tintin in the Congo or Flight 714 to Sydney had the international traveler Tintin face off with criminals across the globe.
Hergé was famous for the in-depth research he put into his comic books, exploring each country and its people due to “a sense of responsibility to my readers.” However, this did invite criticism, especially when people felt he was stereotyping certain countries and people. Even so, readers appreciated his thoroughness in books such as Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon.
The Tintin books inspired the movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn by Steven Spielberg. Hergé died in Belgium in 1983 at the age of seventy-five.
Have you seen the Tintin movie or read the comic books? What do you think of the Tintin stories? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts!