In a recent comment Thierry has pointed out to me the coolest site I have found in months: http://lejournaldetintin.free.fr. I’m not sure if it’s entirely complete, but from what I can tell the site has a scan of pretty much every Tintin Magazine issue that ever came out from 1948 to 1988! I have not been fortunate enough to ever get any of these and rarely even have the opportunity to buy a used one (they are very expensive now), and sometimes it bugs me because I love Tintin so much and don’t want there to be great drawings of him out there I haven’t seen simply because they aren’t in any published albums. This site has solved that problem, and for that, Thierry, I am extremely grateful.
While you’re free to check the site out yourself, I plan to post an interesting or humorous cover picture from somewhere on the site every Monday. I imagine the covers are Moulinsart’s property, so full ownership credit is to be given to them. Usually, Tintinology is extremely wary of posting any official Hergé art on the site. Nonetheless, these photos, to my knowledge, are not commercially available (unless reproduced in a commentary, companion book, etc) so Moulinsart is no longer making money off of them. Anyway, all of the photos come from the site I previously mentioned. I’m just copying the images. All I’m trying to do is make some Tintin fans’ gloomy Mondays a little brighter.
As far as I can tell, the caption says (more or less) ”Tintin is one year old, and he will continue to grow.”
Here’s the first of those to come, the cover of the October 27th, 1949, issue, when Tintin magazine turned one year old. I love the concept of a one-year-old Tintin, with his hair exactly the same way he has it years later! I heard one movie critic contrast Haddock’s character physically with Tintin’s ”baby face,” and while Tintin´s face honestly didn’t bother me, I guess it is true that Tintin’s face does pretty well as a baby and, dare I say it, even looks kind of cute. I also love the ”angelic Thompsons” (with strangely tiny heads) who, despite not really having legs, still have their canes hanging from their arms. While the drawing is clearly chronologically inconsistent (it’s a cover, it doesn’t have to be), Snowy is still the one drinking from a bottle and Haddock has a huge bottle of Whiskey stuck in his back pocket. I’m not quite sure why the cradle was so pink…and i’m really not sure what’s up with the creepy little devil in the bottom right corner. I guess Evil can’t triumph over Tintin?