Blisterting bar­na­cles! 110 can­dles!

On this date in 1907, Hergé ar­rived in the world, mak­ing it a far more en­joy­able place

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - City - Henna Rakheja

Known by the pen name Hergé, the Bel­gian car­toon­ist Georges Pros­per Remi is the man be­hind the cult car­toon se­ries The Ad­ven­tures of Tintin. On his 110th birth an­niver­sary to­day, let’s open our favourite Tintin comic­book and re­mem­ber its cre­ator.

Hergé was born on May 22, 1907, in Brus­sels, Bel­gium. In his child­hood, he loved to draw and was adept at it, with­out any train­ing. His school­ing hap­pened dur­ing World War I. Af­ter the war, he got to pub­lish his first car­toon: The Ad­ven­tures of To­tor for the mag­a­zine Le Boy-Scout Belge.

It was in 1930 when Hergé pub­lished the first Tintin book, ti­tled Tintin in the Land of the Sovi­ets. Over the next five decades, Tintin be­came one of the most pop­u­lar car­toon char­ac­ters of the 20th cen­tury, ac­com­pa­nied by the al­ways swear­ing Cap­tain Had­dock and the ab­sent­minded, hard-of-hear­ing Pro­fes­sor Cal­cu­lus, and, of course, the trusty dog Snowy.

Tintin trav­elled across the world, from China in the East to Amer­ica in the West. The bril­liant wit of the comics’ di­a­logues and char­ac­ters’ amus­ing quirks made this se­ries a uni­ver­sal favourite.

By the time Hergé died, on March 3, 1983, he had writ­ten 23 Tintin comics, leav­ing the world a far more en­joy­able place.

Top: Georges Pros­per Remi, aka Hergé; and (above) Tintin and Snowy

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