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Herge (pseudonym of Georges Remi)

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Born: 1907 AD
Died: 1983 AD, at 75 years of age.

Nationality: Belgian
Categories: Artists, Writers

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1907 - Georges Prosper Remi was born on the 22nd of May this year in Etterbeek, in Brussels, Belgium to middle class parents, Alexis and Elisabeth Remi.

 

1920 – He began studying in the “collège Saint-Boniface”, a secondary school where the teachers were Catholic priests. Georges joined the Boy Scouts troop of the school, where he was given the totemic name "Renard curieux" (Curious fox).

 

1923 - His first drawings were published in Jamais assez, the school's Scout paper, and, from this year, in Le Boy-Scout Belge, the Scout monthly magazine.

 

1924 – From this year, he signs his illustrations using the pseudonym "Hergé".

 

1925 - On finishing school in this year, Georges worked at the Catholic newspaper Le XXe Siècle under the editor Norbert Wallez, a Catholic abbot who kept a photograph of Mussolini in his office

 

1928 – He was put in charge of producing material for the Le XXe Siècle's new weekly supplement for children, Le Petit Vingtième. He began illustrating The Adventures of Flup, Nénesse, Poussette, and Cochonnet, a strip written by a member of the newspaper's sports staff, but soon became dissatisfied with this series.

 

1929 - His best-known and most substantial work is The Adventures of Tintin, which he wrote and illustrated from this year until his death.

 

1930 – He introduced Quick & Flupke (Quick et Flupke), a new comic strip about two street urchins from Brussels, in the pages of Le Petit Vingtième. For many years, Hergé would continue to produce this less well-known series in parallel with his Tintin stories.

 

1932 – He married Germaine Kieckens, the secretary of the director of the Le XXe Siècle. They had no children, and would eventually divorce in 1975.

 

1939 – With the Nazi invasion of Poland. Hergé was mobilized as a reserve lieutenant, and had to interrupt Tintin's adventures in the middle of Land of Black Gold.

 

1943 - He met Edgar P. Jacobs, another comic artist, whom he hired to help revise the early Tintin albums. Jacobs' most significant contribution would be his redrawing of the costumes and backgrounds in the revised edition of King Ottokar's Sceptre.

 

1983 – He passed away on the 3rd day of March this year.

 

2003 - His work remains a strong influence on comics, particularly in Europe. He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in this year.


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