Hergé, Son of Tintin

Overview

Tintinology [tin-tin-ol-uh-jee] noun — The study of the works of comic creator Hergé and the cultural impact of Tintin, his best-known and most influential character.

The adventures of Tintin and his dog, Snowy, have captivated people worldwide since they first appeared as an insert in the Belgian Catholic newspaper Le Vintième Siècle in 1929. Available for the first time in English, this insightful biography delves deep into the psyche of ...

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Overview

Tintinology [tin-tin-ol-uh-jee] noun — The study of the works of comic creator Hergé and the cultural impact of Tintin, his best-known and most influential character.

The adventures of Tintin and his dog, Snowy, have captivated people worldwide since they first appeared as an insert in the Belgian Catholic newspaper Le Vintième Siècle in 1929. Available for the first time in English, this insightful biography delves deep into the psyche of Tintin creator Georges Remi and his public persona Hergé.

Author of the critically acclaimed Tintin and the World of Hergé and the last person to interview Remi, Benoît Peeters tells the complete story behind Hergé’s origins and shows how and why the nom de plume grew into a larger-than-Remi personality as Tintin’s popularity exploded. Drawing on interviews and using recently uncovered primary sources for the first time, Peeters reveals Remi as a neurotic man who sought to escape the troubles of his past by allowing Hergé’s identity to subsume his own. As Tintin adventured, Hergé lived out a romanticized version of life for Remi.

Millions have traveled alongside Tintin and Snowy through books, animated television series, theatrical performances, exhibitions, documentaries, and movies, including Steven Spielberg’s fall 2011 The Adventures of Tintin. Now Tintinologists have the opportunity to better understand the complex and sometimes dark personality of Tintin’s creator and his carefully crafted public persona.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Slate

Model of economy and grace, mixing meticulous detail and stylized tableaux in perfect proportion so that the story is neither generic nor bogged down by excessive rendering.

Washington Post

Hergé is a granular biography that pingpongs back and forth between the artist and his art, looking to build bridges of epiphany and exposition between the ideas expressed and the life lived.

New York Times Book Review
Well, Blistering Barnacles!, as Captain Haddock would say. The great merit of Hergé, Son of Tintin is that Georges Remi is allowed to emerge in three dimensions as what he in fact was: not an intellectual, not an activist, not a saint, but an ordinary man of his times.

— Cullen Murphy

Midwest Book Review

A 'must' for any TinTin or Herge fan.

Choice

Why should readers consider another book on Georges Remi (Hergé), the creator of Tintin? Because this one was written by a comics writer himself, a man who knows the medium from both its theory and practice, who interviewed Hergé and those close to him, and who had access to a trove of vital letters, papers, and notebooks.

The Comics Journal - Paul Gravett

In this enthralling, deeply considered synthesis, brimming with anecdotes and perceptions, [Peeters] has enhanced our understanding and appreciation of the creator, the creation, and above all, the man.

New York Times Book Review - Cullen Murphy

Well, Blistering Barnacles!, as Captain Haddock would say. The great merit of Hergé, Son of Tintin is that Georges Remi is allowed to emerge in three dimensions as what he in fact was: not an intellectual, not an activist, not a saint, but an ordinary man of his times.

Choice

Why should readers consider another book on Georges Remi (Hergé), the creator of Tintin? Because this one was written by a comics writer himself, a man who knows the medium from both its theory and practice, who interviewed Hergé and those close to him, and who had access to a trove of vital letters, papers, and notebooks.

Michael Cavna
…a granular biography that pingpongs back and forth between the artist and his art, looking to build bridges of epiphany and exposition between the ideas expressed and the life lived…Throughout, Peeters is fair and tough, though he admits to having been under Herge's spell for decades now…
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421404547
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2011
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,148,644
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Comics writer, novelist, and critic, Benoît Peeters is one of the most highly regarded Tintinologists in the world. His most recent book is Derrida, a biography of Jacques Derrida.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part I Georges Rem I (1907-I927)

1 White 3

2 Gray 5

3 Black 16

Part II Le Petit VingtièMe (1927-1934)

4 The Doorway to Le Vingtième Siècle 27

5 The Birth of Tintin 34

6 A Young Man on the Page 42

7 The Conqueror 52

8 Under the Sign of Kih-Oskh 62

Part III Chinese Ink (1934-I940)

9 Another World 73

10 Learning the Story 82

11 Counterfeit Money 89

12 History on the Spot 97

13 The West, Always the West 102

Part IV Spoils Of War (1940-1944)

14 The Street-Singer's Career 111

15 Here We Are, Captain! 120

16 An Unlucky Star 128

17 The Color War 136

18 This Castle Is No Longer for Sale 143

19 Anxieties 149

Part V Intermittences (1944-1953)

20 The Hangover 159

21 The Launch of Tintin 171

22 The Forty-Year Alarm 178

23 The Terrible Year 190

24 Hergé Has Disappeared! 209

25 Asking for the Moon 218

26 A Black Hole 226

27 Chills 233

Part VI The Boss (1953-1959)

28 The Middle Years 247

29 Fanny 260

30 "International Tintin" 264

31 The Demon of Purity 269

Part VII Monsieur Herge (1960-1983)

32 The Final Bouquet 285

33 The Studio Trap 291

34 Another Life 300

35 Building the Myth 306

36 A Time of Pretenses 322

37 The Alpha and the Omega 326

Epilogue: An Impossible Legacy 335

Appendix: Character Names in French and English 341

Notes 343

Bibliography 577

Index of Names 385

Index of Works by Herge 392

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