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For Georges Remi/Hergé

I THOUGHT LONG ON HOW to write about my friend Georges Remi, known everywhere as Hergé, the creator, or—as they called him in the European press the day he died in March, 1983—the father of Tintin.

I first assumed I would describe his work, analyze its images and themes, but there are already scholars and experts, such as the French cultural philosopher Michel Serres, who thoroughly know the Hergé oeuvre and can elucidate the nuances of the transformations of Tintin from his earliest black and white avatar as boy-reporter in Land of the Soviets (1930) to his final, color-filled incarnation in Tintin and the Picaros (1976). Left to my own iconographical analysis, I would merely say that throughout the fifty years Tintin did his world adventuring his physical image underwent huge change, out his fundamental and elemental sense of justice burned always with the same ardor.

I thought too to tell

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