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Steven HellerThe book is a stunning collection of artifacts, including pre-Tintin drawings, Tintin sketches, newspaper clippings, magazine and book covers (including some for the children's supplement Le Petit Vingtieme, in which the comic strip originally appeared in 1929), pictures of puppets (originally created for animated cartoons) and personal photographs; much of the material was unearthed in the archives of the Studios Herge, where the strip and its offshoots were produced in the later years…The amazing feat of creating and propagating the Tintin brand is certainly the focus of this rich illustrated biography, but Herge was also an accomplished graphic designer and typographer who tried his hand at advertising. His bold pen-and-ink drawings, in the manner of woodcuts or linocuts, show a graphic side rarely seen. Likewise, his interest in abstraction, minimalism and Pop Art (all of which are curiously exhibited in his own work) suggests Herge was not entirely content being a comics artist. Yet it was his greatest gift.
—The New York Times