Hergé

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Hergé Drawing

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

Although he would go on to be one of the world’s most iconic cartoonists, Georges was not a particularly standout student as a young boy. Instead, he preferred to indulge in his love for adventure and games with his friends on the streets of Brussels. In secondary school, he joined the Boy Scouts. His drawing skills quickly caught the attention of the Scout leaders, and it wasn’t long before he was illustrating a Scout magazine and creating his first characters.

Totor

Herge’s Boy Scout character, Totor, was the inspiration for Tintin.

Although Tintin traveled around the world, Hergé stayed in Belgium for most of his life. In his later years, the artist and author managed to make trips to several countries and see    firsthand the places that inspired Tintin’s exciting adventures.

It was around this time that he decided to take the pen name “Hergé,” the French pronunciation of his initials in reverse. Georges left school at age 17 and eventually got a job helping create the children’s pages of a daily newspaper, Le Vingtième Siècle.

Hergé first drew Tintin in Le Petit Vingtième (the children’s pages of Le Vingtième Siècle) in 1929. The little reporter was an instant success in Belgium and beyond. By the 1950s, the Tintin adventures had become so popular that Hergé set up Studios Hergé. This not only supplied Hergé with a team of assistants and artists to expand the Tintin universe, it also freed him to do in-depth research for his stories, many of which took his characters to places that Hergé — and his devoted readers — had never seen.

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Hergé’s Timeline

1907
Georges Remi is born in Brussels on May 22.
1921
Georges joins the college Boy Scout group, where he is given the name “Curious Fox.” He begins illustrating Scout magazines.
1924
From now on, he signs his drawings “Hergé,” a phonetic transcription of his initials (“G.R.”) in reverse.
1925
Upon finishing his studies, Hergé gets a job in the subscriptions department of Le Vingtième Siècle.
1926
Hergé creates a new character, Totor, for Le Boy-Scout Belge magazine.
1928
Hergé becomes the editor of Le Petit Vingtième, the youth-oriented supplement to Le Vingtième Siècle. The first issue comes out on November 1.
1929
On January 10, Tintin and Snowy are “born” in Le Petit Vingtième.
1934
Hergé’s meeting with a young Chinese student, Chang Chong-chen, marks a turning point in his career, and is central to the creation of The Blue Lotus. From now on, Hergé carries out extensive research before writing the Tintin stories.
1940
On May 10, Belgium is invaded by German troops. Hergé starts work on The Crab with
the Golden Claws
, which appears in Le Soir, a Brussels daily paper controlled by the occupying forces.
1946
On September 26, the first issue of Tintin, a new weekly youth-oriented magazine, is published.
1950
Having begun work on Explorers on the Moon, a story that requires detailed technical research, Hergé surrounds himself with assistants and founds Studios Hergé.
1961
A young Belgian, Jean-Pierre Talbot, plays Tintin on the big screen in Tintin and the Golden Fleece.
1969
Belvision Studios in Brussels produces a feature-length animated cartoon based on the book, Prisoners of the Sun.
1982
To celebrate Hergé’s seventy-fifth birthday, the Société Belge d’Astronomie gives his name to a newly discovered asteroid. The asteroid Hergé is located between Mars and Jupiter.
1983
On March 3, Georges Remi, better known as Hergé, passes away.
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