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[News] Know the Creator of the Tintin series, Hergé

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Hergé, most popularly known as the creator of the Tintin series is regarded as one of the most important and influential comic creators in history. Tintin’s 23 album titles have been translated into every language, and is one of the most successful European comic magazines of all time. Other series by him are Quick et Flupke and Jo, Zette et Jocko‘.

The Tintin series first appeared in French on 10 January 1929 in Le Petit Vingtième (The Little Twentieth), a youth supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle (The Twentieth Century). Soon the series saw themselves as serialized strips published in Belgium’s leading newspaper and eventually spun into a successful Tintin magazine.

Here are six facts about the illustrator of this comic, Hergé.








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I have heard TinTin was used to boost the image and international political reputation of Belgium after the expose of its brutal treatment and genocide of Africans in the Congo; then under King Leopold who governed it as his personal fiefdom.  

One comic in particular, TinTin in the Congo extols this theme the most and has TinTin teaching African schoolchildren about Belgium as a great country and as their benefactor.

This was during the 1930s, over twenty years after Belgium assumed control of the area from King Leopold in 1908.

While the killings, mass kidnapping of females, mutilation of children and enforced quotas on rubber on the men had long since been stopped, the Congo in the 1930s was still heavily exploited and virtually nothing had been done to improve the social, economic, political and health conditions of the natives and there was no society or civilisation in the colony to speak of.

Herge was unfortunately used for this purpose and may even have been a patriot despite knowing about his country's legacy and savagery in its small African empire.     

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