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May 15, 2013 BOOKLIST
Titles similar to The Adventures of Herge
The Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi—better known by his pen name, Hergé—is celebrated worldwide for his creation of the comics character Tintin. He has been the subject of numerous biographies, but this one is presumably the first done in the comics format. The necessarily simplified account of Hergé’s eventful life chronicles his youthful exploits as a scout patrol leader, which would inform his later work; his hiring by a Catholic newspaper where Tintin debuted in 1929 and swiftly became an international sensation; his postwar imprisonment as a collaborator for having worked for a Nazi-sanctioned publication; his troubled marriage and his affair with a colorist in his studio; and his debilitating psychological and health problems. Illustrator Barthélémy uses a variation of the French-Belgian ligne claire (clear line) style popularized by Hergé; while not as meticulous or graceful as that of its subject, his looser approach has a panache of its own. Steven Spielberg’s recent Tintin movie—an earlier attempt by the director to buy the film rights is recounted in this book—may heighten interest in the character’s creator.