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.
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.
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Tintin Au Pays de L'Or Noir / Land of Black Gold (Tintin)?
Watch out! Jun 21, 2003
Note that this is the 3rd edition, which had deleted the historical references to 1948 Palestine which were in the 1st (B&W) & second (color) editions. This makes it less interesting. The earlier eds were more interesting because of their historical content, like the Blue Lotus. Unfortunately, I don't know where to find them.
Tintin is just wonderful Jul 19, 2001
This is a splendid book. Beginning with the slightly dimwitted but highly amusing antics of Thomson and Thompson, and ending with one of Abdullah's pranks, it is filled with all the adventure and humour characteristic of the Tintin books. It's wonderful and I recommend it to all.