Book Review: The Art of Herge, Inventor of Tintin: Volume 1: 1907-1937

The Art of Herge, Inventor of Tintin: Volume 1: 1907-1937

This is the first of a three-volume series that looks at the art of Herge, creator of Tintin, whose real name is Georges Remi.

The first volume covers from 1907 (when Herge was born) to 1937. Herge only started drawing seriously when he was 15. Tintin was created in 1929 so there are a lot of art that's not Tintin-related in the book.

This book includes his sketches, illustrations, commissioned advertising work and of course his comic panels among many other creations. The comics are lifted by bits so there are no complete stories featured, and they are not in English. Reproduction is great, for some of the scanned pieces, you can even see correction done with whiteout.

It's interesting to see how his art has evolved throughout the years. It's also fun to see how he draws exotic destinations and people who live there, especially when it comes to researching for Tintin.

The text is on Herge's life interspersed with Tintin's adventures across the globe. If it's meant to be a biography, it doesn't seem comprehensive. Putting Tintin's adventures beside the biography at times makes it hard to follow where the previous story left off from. That's a strange way to write a biography as well.

Overall, I would recommend this book strictly to fans of Herge and Tintin.

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