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TINTIN

TINTIN
TINTIN
FRANCE

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Interested in all that was happening at the time, Herge collected a century's worth of mythic and historic imagery.

Through his illustrative art and narrative science, he gave the European comic strip it's badge of honor.

1907 Georges Remi was born in Brussels, Belgium, May 22.

1920 The young boy begins his studies at the College 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 beige, the monthly magazine of the Belgian Boy Scouts.

1924 From this point onwards, Georges Remi signed his drawings with the name Herge, reversing his initials “R.G” (as pronounced in French).

1925 After leaving school, Georges Remi is hired by the newspaper Le Vingtieme Siecle as an employee in the subscription department.

1926 He creates Totor (a precursor to Tintin), Patrol leader of Les hannetons in Le Boy-scout beige.

1927 Georges Remi performs his military service.

1928 When he returns to Brussels, Herge is named chief editor of Le Petit vingtieme, the weekly children supplement to Le Vigtieme Siecle. The first issue is published on November 1.

1929 Tintin and Snowy “born” on January 10 in Le Petit Vingtieme.

1930 He creates Quick and Flupke, the rascals of Brussels, who will appear in short stories in Le petit Vingtieme. 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 Vingtieme Siecle.

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.

Herge 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.

1935 For the French weekly Coeurs Vailants, Herge creates a new cast of heroes, Jo, Zette, and Jocko, for the French weekly Coeurs Vaillants. Five books are published.

1939 As a result of the position taken by Herge 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.

1940 The newspaper Le Vingtieme Siecle as well as Le Petit Vingtieme disappear.
Tintin in the Land of Black Gold, the episode in progress, is suspended for 8 years. Herge begins another adventure, The Crab with the Golden Claws, which he publishes in Le Soir, one of the only newspapers authorized during the German occupation.

1942 Casterman Publishing House, are planning to publish standardized books containing 64 pages in full color, asks Herge 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, Herge has in fact “collaborated” with it.

1945 He continues the crucial work on his first books. They will be published one after the other according to the new guidelines.

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.

1950 Having undertaken Explorers on the Moon, an episode requiring careful technical work as well as great documentary precision and extreme attention to detail, Herge enlists a number of collaborators and founds the Studios Herge.

1955 Tintin, whose stories are gaining more and more success, is popular enough to be of interest to advertisers. At the same time, Herge develops a collection of color prints in which Tintin plays spokesman for different fields of knowledge.

1958 Tintin in Tibet is completed despite Herge'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.

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, Herge meets some Native Americans.

1973 Casterman publishes the first volume of the Herge Archives. Thus the mythical Tintin Reporter of Le Petit Vingtieme in the Land of the Soviets reappears more than 40 years after it had become unavailable. Herge 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.

1977 Having divorced his first wife, Herge marries Fanny Vlamynck.

1979 Andy Warhol, king of Pop Art, makes a series of 4 portraits of Herge. The anniversary of Tintin is commemorated a little bit everywhere. The 50 year life of Herge'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 Herge 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 Herge's 75th Birthday, the Belgian Astronomical Society names a recently discovered planet after him. Planet Herge is located between Mars and Jupiter.

1983 On March 3, Georges Remi (aka Herge) dies.