Sorry that this one is so small, but it’s just so interesting it’s worth it. For some kind of a contest, Tintin dresses up as a pirate, complete with peg leg, for the cover of Tintin magazine. Weird, but in a cool way. If you zoom your browser in, you should be able to see it ok.
Here’s a cover with people easier to identify, because it’s written all over them ( THANK YOU Thierry for finding as many names as you did last post). I found this one interesting, with all evils and negative traits you wouldn’t want in a comic barred from entrance (including possibly the scariest guy I’ve ever seen Hergé draw outside of Rascarcapac: the green faced man with the syringe in his hat representing sickness). Interesting cultural things, such as the ”dunce” hat having bunny ears or the boy wearing it (”ignorance”) to have a 0 out of 20, a strange number for scoring in other countries. You’ve even got an atomic bomb, specified to be the same type as that used on Hiroshima! But inside the album we see humor, goodness, peace…hypocrisy sneaked in there somehow, but Haddock’s kicking him out. Even Snowy and the cat are getting along well (there’s a random mouse in there too). Fun concept for a longer issue.
I apologize guys, this has actually almost consistently been an every two Thursdays thing. I was very busy this past week, but here are two covers to make up for it. First, Thompson and Thomson looking for Calculus somewhere in Paris…
I love the look of the Eiffel Tower drawn in ligne claire style. Nice cover.
And here’s another one. It’s not New Years, but I thought it was interesting enough to post now. First of all, it includes one of Hergé’s self-portraits. He appears throughout the albums a few times, but they are fairly rare, so I think it’s fascinating to see him eating at a table with Tintin. It’s also neat to see Hergé draw the other characters that were in Tintin magazine. I don’t recognize the majority of them, so if any of you do, it’d be cool if you could identify them. But even if you do, I haven’t read any of the stuff they are in. It’s fun to see anyway.
Sorry I haven’t been posting in a while, and I missed last Thursday. I have unfortunately been quite busy as of late, and there hasn’t been a lot of things to post about. However, I do have some posts planned that I’ve been saving for when there were no other posts to post, so you can expect those soon. If you have anything of interest related to Tintin, you might get it posted as well! Make sure to check around here often. I will try to consistently find cool covers for Thursdays.
I found this one and laughed out loud. In honor of an extra large edition of Tintin Magazine, Tintin himself became, well, extra large.
Those die-hard fans will recognize Jo, Zette and Jocko in the back. The really really die-hard fans will know that Hergé was a boy scout, which would explain the guy on the left. I’m not sure who the two people in the back are with the hockey stick and the ”club” sign. Are they at all from a Jo,Zette and Jocko album? I’m fairly certain that’s the case of the guy with the red airplane, but I am not certain as I do not own any of those albums.
Oh, and for those Secret of the Unicorn fans, don’t miss the model by Snowy’s massive leg.
Not all issues of Tintin magazine had Tintin on the cover (except for of course the small faces in the corner). Indeed, Tintin himself often went up to years without really being a part of Tintin magazine, especially when Hergé was going through a very rough spot in his life or just didn’t want to pick up the pen again. Even after Hergé’s death, the magazine lived on for a little while longer… In 1987, when ”Fievel, an American Tail” came out, it made the cover of Tintin magazine as ”the first animated film produced by Steven Spielberg.” Fievel proceeded to become the highest-grossing non-Disney animated feature. Tintin Magazine occasionally put movie related things on their magazine, and must have considered an animation movie produced by Spielberg to be a big enough deal to hit the front page.
I assume there would have been an article somewhere in the issue on the film. I’m not sure how much people knew about the deal Spielberg had made to acquire the rights to Tintin, but it is interesting to see his name on Tintin magazine. Obviously there is a huge difference between being an executive producer and being the director of a film, and he did very different jobs on Fievel and Tintin.
Actually, ”Fievel” and ”Tintin,” as films go, don’t have much in common. But it is interesting to note that, for the humans in Fievel, the film used Rotoscoping…a technique very similar to performance capture in which live footage of humans was traced over to get a realistic feel. Of course lots of movies had been doing that already, but it is still an interesting connection.