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.
Herge was born in 1907 and died in 1983.
Herge has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Tintin Au Pays Des Soviets / Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (Tintin)?
Disappointing... from a die-hard Tintin fan. Jul 20, 2008
First off Tintin is one of my all-time favorite book series. I used to read them as a kid and still have all them that were purchased nearly 30 years ago, and I'm looking forward to reading them to my son when he gets a little older. I accidentally discovered that this book was available, and bought it straight away.
I'm disappointed because that everything that makes Tintin a great read is not here. No story, no characters, no adventure. Just a series of should-be fatal accidents and hardly any dialogue. Frankly I don't care so much that the drawings are not as refined as the rest of the books. What does bother me is that the content of this book is so dumbed-down. I was a tedious read - so much so that I could barely finish it.
I gave it two stars instead of just one because it does have obvious collector value. If you're looking for an enjoyable read, in comparison to the other books, I would steer clear of this one. I wish I had.
Would recommend Jul 19, 2008
this book was received in excellent condition. Ordering, shipping was a breeze, would highly recommend this seller, will purchase there again if the need arises.
Soviets, adventure, cromic Jan 30, 2008
Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age10) for Reader Views (1/08)
"Tintin in the Land of the Soviets" by Hergé is the comic adventure of Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy in Soviet Russia. Tintin, reporter for "Le Petit Vingtième," is sent to Soviet Russia to write about the situation there, but he is continually thwarted by Soviet agents. Will Tintin return alive with the truth about Soviet Russia?
In his efforts to penetrate Russia and observe the goings on, Tintin is bombed, shot at, chased, captured, stuck in sewage, encrusted in ice, and his vehicles are sabotaged. The Soviet secret police, who don't want Tintin to let the rest of the world knows what is going on in Russia, capture him and send him to the torture chamber. Snowy saves Tintin from the red hot poker, and Tintin saves Snowy from a wicked-looking sword. Hilariously, in the end, it is the torturer who is tortured. Tintin and Snowy repeatedly rely on their wit, resourcefulness and luck to outwit the evil agents.
This story first appeared in 1929 as a comic strip in a Belgian newspaper to alert people to the injustices occurring in Soviet Russia. In the story, Tintin discovers that the Soviet's "efficient" factories are really fakes. They are burning straw to make smoke and banging on pieces of metal to make it sound like there is operating machinery. Tintin also witnesses hungry orphans standing in a bread line. They have to state support for the communists or else they get kicked and get no bread. I am sure glad that I didn't live in Soviet Russia during this time period.
If you have ever read another Tintin book, you will be very surprised when you first get your hands on this book. The drawings are in black and white and are less detailed. The drawings are bigger and there are only six frames per page rather than the usual twelve. The book is longer, however, which more than makes up for less content per page. The story and humor are just as good as ever. This was Hergé's first book, so it is interesting to see how his characters changed.
I would highly recommend "Tintin in the Land of the Soviets" to my friends because it is very funny and adventurous, and you can even learn a little bit about the history of Soviet Russia. This book was so good that I read it three times the day I got it!
Not at all great but a must-have for a collector Jan 5, 2008
this was herge's first tintin. it's in b&w and very crude. the story is only so-so and expresses extreme bias against the soviets at that time, so if you're looking for a good read don't buy this book. it's a far far cry from his later works in everything from style to storyline. i'm keeping this just for my collection.
Enjoy it for what it is Oct 2, 2007
Enjoy "Soviets" for what it is and forget the sanitized, one-size-fits-all, politically correct crap. Herge's Tintin tales (especially this one and "Congo") are historically valuable because they show what prejudices and cultural ideals prevailed at the time within a specific society. The stories are as good as any historical document. And, Herge doesn't need polite cleaning up, thank you very much. He was a man in touch with his time and tried to convey the tenor of his day (complete with warts) through the adventures of a boy and his dog. Because the stories were created by a cartoonist doesn't make them any less historically significant; one simply has toons instead of photos, talking balloons instead of under-photo captions.