Hergé, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Hergé

Belgian comics writer

Date of Birth: 22-May-1907

Place of Birth: Etterbeek, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium

Date of Death: 03-Mar-1983

Profession: screenwriter, writer, comics artist, cartoonist

Nationality: Belgium

Zodiac Sign: Gemini


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About Hergé

  • Georges Prosper Remi (French: [??mi]; 22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), known by the pen name Hergé (; French: [???e]), was a Belgian cartoonist.
  • He is best known for creating The Adventures of Tintin, the series of comic albums which are considered one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century.
  • He was also responsible for two other well-known series, Quick & Flupke (1930–1940) and The Adventures of Jo, Zette and Jocko (1936–1957).
  • His works were executed in his distinct ligne claire drawing style. Born to a lower middle-class family in Etterbeek, Brussels, Hergé began his career by contributing illustrations to Scouting magazines, developing his first comic series, The Adventures of Totor, for Le Boy-Scout Belge in 1926.
  • Working for the conservative Catholic newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle, he created The Adventures of Tintin in 1929 on the advice of its editor Norbert Wallez.
  • Revolving around the actions of boy reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy, the series' early installments — Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, Tintin in the Congo, and Tintin in America — were designed as conservative propaganda for children.
  • Domestically successful, after serialisation the stories were published in book form, with Hergé continuing the series and also developing both the Quick & Flupke and Jo, Zette and Jocko series for Le Vingtième Siècle.
  • Influenced by his friend Zhang Chongren, from 1934 Hergé placed far greater emphasis on conducting background research for his stories, resulting in increased realism from The Blue Lotus onward.
  • Following the German occupation of Belgium in 1940, Le Vingtième Siècle was closed, but Hergé continued his series in Le Soir, a popular newspaper controlled by the Nazi administration. After the Allied liberation of Belgium in 1944, Le Soir was shut down and its staff — including Hergé — accused of having been collaborators.
  • An official investigation was launched, and while no charges were brought against Hergé, in subsequent years he repeatedly faced accusations of having been a traitor and collaborator.
  • With Raymond Leblanc he established Tintin magazine in 1946, through which he serialised new Adventures of Tintin stories.
  • As the magazine's artistic director, he also oversaw the publication of other successful comics series, such as Edgar P.
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  • In 1950 he established Studios Hergé as a team to aid him in his ongoing projects; prominent staff members Jacques Martin and Bob de Moor greatly contributed to subsequent volumes of The Adventures of Tintin.
  • Amid personal turmoil following the collapse of his first marriage, he produced Tintin in Tibet, his personal favourite of his works.
  • In later years he became less prolific, and unsuccessfully attempted to establish himself as an abstract artist. Hergé's works have been widely acclaimed for their clarity of draughtsmanship and meticulous, well-researched plots.
  • They have been the source of a wide range of adaptations, in theatre, radio, television, cinema, and computer gaming.
  • He remains a strong influence on the comic book medium, particularly in Europe.
  • He is widely celebrated in Belgium: a Hergé Museum was established in Louvain-la-Neuve in 2009.

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