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King Ottokar’s Sceptre
When King Ottokar’s sceptre was redrawn, Edgar P. Jacobs inserted himself and his wife among the dignitaries, on page 59.
By popular demand, the highly praised Travels of a Boy Reporter has returned. This map tracks the journey of Tintin in his 23 adventures across the world.
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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?
Have you ever wondered where Syldavia is? Where Tintin found the Shooting Star? Or where was Captain Haddock’s ancestor was marooned in Secrets of the Unicorn?
When I read Tintin, I wanted to know more about the places he visited. Herge brought them so vividly to life in the books that as a child I dreamt of going to Tibet and finding the Yeti myself or to exploring the streets of Brussels and meeting the weird and wonderful characters that occupied Tintin’s world. Over time, I grew up and these fantasy developed into a genuine fascination in the history and geography of the world.
My love for Tintin had waxed and waned over the years. I completed my collection of books but they were rarely looked at. More reminders of fond memories than anything I kept for their own value. Yet when the Tintin movie was announced, something drew me back to them and I started this blog. Once more I’ve found myself engrossed with Tintin except this time, I was more interested Tintin’s place in the world. How Herge shaped the real world around his hero, keeping some aspects of reality and ignoring others. Eventually this drew me to the map. I wanted to be able to see how Herge had intertwined reality with fiction and a map was the easiest way of exploring this aspect of Herge’s creativity.
Probably my favourite part of the map is the route taken in The Shooting Star. It was the first Tintin book I owned and I spent many hours as a child reading and rereading it. But what stands out from the map is the real sense of a chase taking place. With the sighting of the Perry and the distraction of the faked SOS message, more than any other of Tintin’s travels, it is possible to see how the story and his physical journey combined.
Three Tintin Books to Become Movies
According to Variety, three books have been selected as the basis of the Tintin movies. But which three? The books were mostly written and set in the 1930′s to 1950′s and not many of them will update. Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon seem pointless 40 years after Neil Armstrong first walked there. Many of the books have social or cultural aspects that are not popular nowadays such as The Blue Lotus which is heavily anti-Japanese and the Crab with the Golden Claws is about oil and the middle east. Other books just won’t work as popular films, e.g. The Castafiore Emerald in which nothing happens.
Here is my guesses at the three Tintin movies
- King Ottokar’s Sceptre – Has espionage, puzzles and Borduria, a Nazi-like country next door
- The Calculus Affair – Has all the main characters, secret technology, kidnapping features Borduria & Syldavia from King Ottokar’s Sceptre
- Tintin in Tibet – Features a strong storyline, daring feats, lucky escapes, and a child. My money is on Speilberg directing this one