Described as “Hege’s Masterpiece” by Somerset House in their winter exhibition which ended early this year, the comic series featuring the intrepid young reporter Tintin and his loyal companion Snowy, the fox terrier.
Hergé, the Belgian artist-author caused a stir when he first introduced the world one of the most iconic comic-strip heroes of all time in Le Petit Vingtieme, a supplement magazine to Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle in Brussels in 1929. Since then, more than 2 million copies of Hergés “albums” have been sold worldwide as well as a Hollywood blockbuster directed by none other than Steven Spielberg. Nowadays, Hergé is regarded as the founder of European comic strips being the first to adopt the use of speech bubbles in his strips which had only been seen in America before this time. Not only a great artist, Hergé was also a narrative genius with 250 million books sold in over 100 translations worldwide.
As well as Hergé’s skills in capturing our imagination through his narrative, the cartoons also tickled the senses in their magnificent artistry and Hergés attention to detail, transforming the settings from mere illustrations to real, memorable backdrops for his stories to unravel.
Tintin Hits The Big Screens, Again