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Tintin and Herge

  • Oct 11, 2009
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Tintin in the Land of the Soviets
The first Tintin book by the Belgian Comic book Genius Herge (Georges Remi - GR switched over RG pronounced Herge). This one was just a byproduct by Herge while being busy on other things for the paper he worked on so the story just rambles on with little coherence and the humour is influenced by slap- stick black and white movies of the time, so it is very different from what Tintin eventually becomes. Buy this only if you want the complete collection.
Tintin in the Congo
Still little structure to the story and humour a bit childish and very slap stick. Very un PC today of course and Herge was later on rather shamed of this story but in it´s favour it is very popular in Congo itself. Buy if you want them all, if not stay away.
Tintin In America
Things are starting to get better but the story has little plot and as before Tintin just goes from one extreme situation to the next one. The humour is getting better and some of the depiction of America are quite funny.
Cigars of the Pharaoh
Now the Genius of Herge is starting to come through. Good story with a beliveable plot and Herges hallmark of the blend of Suspense and Humour is starting to shine. In this one we are introduced to the humourous and oh so silly Thompson twins who will become regular charaters in the series.
The Blue Lotus
Fantastic book, with this book everything changes, Herge became friends with Chang From China who urged him to be accurate while drawing and writing about China. So Herge became obsessed with detail and accuracy and the results are stunning. Marvelous Comic Book full of suspense and humour. From now one Herges book are pure Genius.
the broken ear
Herge pokes fun of dictators and political turmoil in South America. Good blend of fun and thrills.
TIntin Black Island
Brilliant book. Tintin on the hunt of money conterfeiters. Tintin´s dog Snowy has some Great moments in this one and is very humourous and the silly Thompsons twins are great too.
King Ottokar's Sceptre
Great mystery for Tintin to solve and he just manages to save a country from revolution. Herge creates an imaginary country, Balkan like and the books shows great detail in the description of the country. The recurring character the opera singer Bianca Castafiori is introduced here.
The Crab with the Golden Claws
Tintin on the hunt of dope smugglers and this is the book where one of the great characters of the series is introduced, Captain Haddock who is argumentative, grumpy middle aged man with a slight alchoholic problem but with a heart of Gold.
The Shooting Star
Tintin and Captain Haddock with a team of scientist go on a search for a meteorite that fell into the sea. Grand fun as usual full af suspense and humour and the marvelous drawings of Herge are always a treat.
The Secret of the Unicorn
This book and the next one tell the same story of a search for a treasure of one of Captains Haddock´s ancestor. This first book is mostly about how they find out about the treasure and where it might be. This book is the one that Spielberg and Jackson are filming.
Red Rackham's Treasure
In this second one they go on a sea voyage to find the treasure and here we are introduced to one of the great characters of the series the Mad Scientist Professor Cuthbert Calculus. In the end of this book Haddock and Calculus buy a Grand Mansion which features in most of the books later in the series.
The Seven Crystal Balls
My favorite of the series. A mystical book about an expedition to the Andes and and the mysteries that follows. A Great Masterpiece, the comic book to take to the desert island. The storie continuous in the next one.
Prisoners of the Sun
Tintin and Haddock goes to Peru to rescue Calculus from the inkas, lots of suspense and mystery fantastically drawn. These two are one of Herge greatest creations and that´s saying a lot.
Land of Black Gold
Tintin, Captain Haddock and the Thomson twins on a wild adventure in the middle east involved in a strange case concerning oil. Grand humour and thrills.
Destination Moon
In this one and the next the gang goes to the moon, incredible attention to detail, all fantastically drawn. This one is about the preparation of the moon trip.
Explorers on the Moon
The second book about the moon travel, here the actual trip is done and it is full of suspense, political intrique, surprises and grand humour. The moon books are great Masterpieces.
The Calculus Affair
Calculus is kidnapped and Tintin and Haddock go on a rescue misson. Great spy thriller and on of the best one´s in the series. Herge in absolute top form.
The Red Sea Sharks
Another grand adventure, this one gets the gang involved in a slave trade and arm deals. Still top notch comic fun.
Tintin in Tibet
A Grand Masterpiece and one of the most beautifully drawn book´s of Herge. Tintin has a dream about his friend Chang from the Blue Lotus and is sure he has survived a plane crash in the mountains of Tibet and goes to search for him. Haddock grumbles and moanes but like a true friend follows Tintin into the danger.
The Castafiore Emerald
This one happens all at the Manor house of Haddock and Calculus and manages to create suspense without nothing of significance happening. The opera singer Bianca Castafiori comes to visit and behaves like a spoiled primadonna. Great book in the spirit of P.G. Woodehouse.
Flight 714
A great mystery book involving UFO´s and other strange things. Masterfully drawn and full of suspense.
Tintin and the Picaros
The last book that Herge finished and involves most of the familiar characters. It´s a good one but not a Masterpiece, as before has a lot of suspense and humour and brilliantly drawn.
Tintin and Alph-Art
This one is just in a manuscript form and was never finished because Herge died while working on this one so it only gives an idea about what might have happened.
Tin Tin Et Moi
A film about Herge and his Creation Tintin. Great documentary.
Tintin and the World of Hergé
A good book about Herge and his creations.
The art of Herge vol 1
This book looks at Herge´s creations both the comic books and also his comercial art, it covers the years 1907 to 1937.
The adventures of Herge
Well illustrated book about Herge and his Creation, chronicles his live and work.
Tintin and co
Here is an interesting book that looks at all the major characters that appear in the Tintin books
Herge Museum Catalogue
This is a catalogue from the Herge Museum located in Louvain-La -Neuve just outside Brussell Belgium. This Museum is a must for all Herge fans. It opened in the spring of 2009 and is full of the fabulous works of Herge.
Tintin the complete companion
This is a great book which shows a lot of the technical detail that Herge used and the amazing attention to detail that was Herge´s forte.

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August 22, 2010
Great to know there will be a film coming out. I recently started watching the animated series and am currently disappointed, despite being 45 minute long the episodes skip some of the best humor/plot details, I think they are more for a younger audience than the books, still, its nice too see it in animation- and that's why I am waiting for the film! I did now know about 25-31, need to check them out. While Herge did not complete Alp-Art, someone did- he just can't publish it due to copyright laws, you can find it online. It is not Herge, but I like it. And then there is the book version of Lake of Sharks, and all the extras... Thanks for sharing.
September 08, 2010
Yes I think the Animation is absolute Rubbish, it does not have the Great quality and the fantastic attention to detail that Herge put into his Art.
October 16, 2009
Thanks for putting this out...I wasn't aware that this was all out there..
October 16, 2009
Yes for some reason Tintin is not so well known in USA but he is Immensly popular in Europe, perhaps the Spielberg film wil change that.
October 13, 2009
I had NO idea the list of Tintin books was this extensive! Awesome list.
October 13, 2009
Yes, and thank god it´s that big because were not only talking quantity but also QUALITY.
October 12, 2009
Awesome list. Had no idea about the documentary for some reason, but will be checking it out soon.
October 12, 2009
Yes the documentary is very good and based on one of the few interviews Herge gave and it´s one of the best one, so if you are a Tintin fan it´s a must.
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