Flight 714

The television presenter at the end of Flight 714 (or, as he has more recently been literally translated to Flight 714 to Sydney) is a Tintin fan named Jean Tauré, who sent in his picture to Hergé asking if he could please be seen shaking Captain Haddock’s hand in a future book. Lucky guy!

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There is a short piece of bad journalism by Oliver Kamm on the Times website entitled: Was Tintin a Nazi? This regurgitates the reoccurring question of Herge’s wartime action but it is clear that Kamm failed to do any research on the subject. He also dismisses Tintin as ‘a dreary hack work’ and as having ‘no jokes, no learning and no real interest’.

Such a lazy piece of writing needs to be challenged and I wrote a long comment putting Herge’s wartime record in context and answering Kamm’s criticisms. However the Times website would not accept the comment for some reason, so I’ve reproduced here.

The obvious point being, Tintin is a fictional character and Nazism did not appear in his fictional world so no, Tintin is not a nazi.

If you mean, was Herge’ a nazi, the answer is still definitely not.

After the invasion of Belgium, Herge’ lost his job with Le Petit Vingtième when it was shutdown by the Nazi. He was also visited by the Gestapo who expressed a dislike for some of his earlier work, notably King Ottokar’s Sceptre.

Herge found work at Le Soir which, like all newspapers, was controlled by the Nazis. During this time he wrote some of the most fantastical Tintin adventures, deliberately avoiding anything political. After the war Herge was arrested several times as a collaborator, as were just about everyone else who worked for Le Soir. Eventually, Raymond Leblanc, a prominent resistant fighter supported Herge and he was able to resume work on Tintin’s adventures.

To accuse a man, who cannot answer back, of being a Nazi when the people at the time, including those who risked their lives fighting the Nazis, cleared his name is just cheap and lazy journalism.

Maybe, he continued to work at Le Soir out of naivety. Belgium had been invaded by the Germans during his childhood and perhaps he thought this occupation would be no different. Maybe he was simply frighten and tried to keep out of trouble. We can never know but the idea he worked for the newspaper because he was a Nazi is ludicrous.

As to your personal preference of Asterix, that is your choice, but only an ignorant person would claim that Tintin has no jokes, learning or interest.

The nature of the jokes in Asterix and Tintin are very different. Rather than clever word play, Tintin relies on visual gags, slapstick and on the simply ludicrous settings.

Learning? How about number of different cultures Herge depicted with reasonable accuracy (given the time of writing and the resources he had available). Or what about the cutting edge science Herge included in the books (submersibles in Red Rackham’s treasure, swingwing aircraft in Flight 714). These seem mundane now but Herge was writing about what was cutting edge technology at the time.

No Interest? What about the author’s mental state and his work, notably Tintin in Tibet. How about his huge personal journey from right wing puppet (Tintin in the Land of the Soviets) to being recognized by the Dali Llama for his work promoting peace and racial harmony? Or even how his work responded to the German occupation?

Humour – Yes, Learning – Yes, Interest – Yes.

Tintin’s 80 year success is because he and Herge have these attributes in buckets.

The are questions about Herge’s wartime service and about his political views but sloppy journalism designed to grab headlines does nothing to answer them.

Source: Was Tintin a Nazi?

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Last Sunday, an auction of Tintin and Herge memorabilia smashed national and international records. The highlights of the auction were a handful of original pages drawn by the man himself. All the pages are reproduced below, taken from the auction catalog. If you are interested in Tintin memrobilia then I advise you to have a look through the catalog but these drawings are the real gems.

My favourite are the pages from Flight 714, particularly the sketch pages. In the image of Tintin with his hands behind his back we can see how fine an artist Herge was. Also, the strange figure in the bottom left hand corner. It is an odd mix of styles, half realistic, half modern art. The pages from The Castafiore Emerald are great examples of how Herge refined the story as he drew. Look how the sequence and point of view of the images changes between the original and the inked work.

Land of Black Gold Original DrawingThe Calculus Affair Original Drawing Page 38Castfiore Emerald Original Drawing Page 3Flight 714 to Syndey Original Drawing

Many thanks to MetaBunker for finding these.

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Someone has chopped up a copy of Flight 714 and used it to decorate a notebook. One part of me hates the idea of cutting any book, let alone a Tintin book, to pieces is wrong but another part of me thinks this is great. I want a notebook like that. There is a shot of the inside covers here: the adventures of tin tin and us

Flight 714, Herge

The island of Pulau-Pulau Bompa is the fictional volcanic island that appears in Flight 714. I’m in the process of updating the Tintin Map and I’m trying to get a better fix of where the island might be, or at least what island Herge based it on.

We know that it is a small island, with an active volcano. We can also assume that it is some way from other land otherwise the building of the airstrip and the landing of the hijacked plane would of been spotted. Tintin & co was rescued 200 mils off their planned route (Page 60, frame 1)

banda api pulau-pulau bompa
One candidate is Banda Api. It is a 3km wide island with the volcanic peak of 640m above sea level. According to the Global Volcanism Project’s entry on the island, it last erupted in 1988 and in 1902 prior to that. It position and appearance certainly fit Flight 714 but it is too close to other land.

Nila, another island in the region is a very likely candidate. A 5×6 kilometer island with a 781m peak, this island last erupted in 1968 (the year Flight 714 was published). Prior to that it erupted in 1964, about when Herge would be starting to work on the book. That eruption was a phreatic explosion, a highly explosive type of eruption similar to the one that destroyed Mount St Helens. Nila has two twins, Serua and Teon. Neither has erupted since the 1920s.

There are many other possible volcanic islands in the region but most are near other islands. The area is one of the most active volcanic regions on the planets and every year, one or more of the volcanos will erupt. Which, if any, inspired Herge we don’t know but I think Banda Api is the closet fit to the physical appearance and but Nila fits the location better.