Tintin Magazine

Ok, so Easter is two Sundays down the road…but Tintin Magazine has so many Easter related covers, I decided I’d post one today and one next Thursday. I like this…it’s a great new way for Tintinology to do something festive.

Journal de TINTIN édition Française N° 493 du 3 Avril 1958

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen Tintin with chocolate before, but clearly Tintin has good taste. Except maybe the pink bow…And, of course, Snowy has a chocolate egg too. I hope he didn’t eat it though, and I certainly hope it isn’t solid, because I just read that it only takes 20 ounces of milk chocolate to kill a small dog. Anyway, Snowy’s tough. Yet, while we know Snowy lives, now I’m actually wondering, were Snowy given the choice of dying any way he preferred, if death by chocolate might just be his pick. It might be mine…

By the way, I don’t know how many times I looked at this and didn’t notice the snowflakes. In contrast with the flowers, it must be celebrating the fact that the cold Belgian winters were all thawed out and that spring had finally come! I don’t relate as much to this in the climate where I live, but I’m sure a lot of you know what I’m talking about…

If any of you are going away for Easter, I hope you have a great time. I will be going away to the beach, but make sure to check back next Thursday, if you can, as there will be another cover. Every Thursday from now on I hope to post a Tintin Magazine cover. Hope this brightened your day a bit!

sources: http://lejournaldetintin.free.fr/affiche.php?action=detail&asso=2&annee=1958&numero=493&menu=10&menu_id=51





Herge, Tintin, Tintin Magazine, Tintin on the Net

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.”

Journal de TINTIN édition Française N° 53 du 27 Octobre 1949

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?

Source: http://lejournaldetintin.free.fr/affiche.php?action=detail&asso=2&annee=1949&numero=53&menu=10&menu_id=42