Herge The Creator Of Tintin - Themiddle Period

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					Herg reached a watershed in his work around his 30th birthday and the release of
Tintin and the Blue Lotus. The Blue Lotus was released in 1936 and was the fifth
Tintin adventure. The end of the fourth album Cigar of the Pharaoh had led to a
mention that Tintin would be off to China in his next adventure.

A University of Leuven professor one father Gosset got in touch with Herg and asked
for the illustrator to be perceptive about how he approached China in his next album.
Gosset was the chaplain of the universitys Chinese students and introduced Herg to a
young Chinese sculptor called Chang Chon-jen who resided at the Brussels Acadmie
des Beaux-Arts.

Herg and Chang instantly made a connection. Chang introduced Herg to Chinese
history, culture and techniques of Chinese art that left a lasting impression on Herg. In
the Blue Lotus Herg endeavored to become more correct in detailing the places that
Tintin visited. The bond formed between these two artists is now cemented in history
as Herg called one of his characters Chang Chong-Chen in the young sculptors honor.
Chang Chong-Chen is a young Chinese boy who befriends Tintin, with the character
discarding some of the more outrageous fabrications about Chinese culture.

The bond formed with Chang resulted in Herg heightened comprehension of the
problem with colonialism and particularly Japans horrific assaults into China. A theme
of anti-imperialism can clearly be read in the Blue Lotus which was contrary to
common western beliefs that were compassionate to Japan and its colonial enterprise.
Herg took a lot of flack for the views from Japanese dignitaries in Belgium but history
has shown that the Blue Lotus was vindicated.

In a sad tale after finishing his studies Chang went back to China and the two friends
lost contact after the Japanese invasion and subsequent civil war at it was forty years
before they met again.

Herg was going to see a modification in Tintins style again. This was through
necessity rather than choice. In September 1st 1939 the Nazis invaded Poland and
Herg as a reserve lieutenant had to stop his work on the Tintin adventure The Land of
Black Gold. Belgium soon fell under German occupation along with most of Western

Le Petit Vingtime was closed down and Herg found himself writing for Le Soir the
mouthpiece of the Nazi occupational forces. Herg began to write The Crab with the
Golden Claw which was to be the first of six albums written during the war.

Herg was unable t finish The Land of Black Gold due to its anti-fascist undertones.
The war was to continue in earnest and led to Herg changing his style. A paper
shortage led to him having to publish Tintin daily in a three or four frame strip, rather
than the two full pages every week as when he had worked for Le Petit Vingtime. The
meant Herg had to create drama at the end of each strip rather than the end of each
page. Herg by necessity introduced more frequent quips and a more rapid hustle of

Herg had been quite political at times in his earlier albums but now under Nazi
occupation this was no longer possible. The Tintin adventures turned to escapism with
escapades to meteorites (The Shooting Star), a treasure hunt ((The Secret of the
Unicorn) and a expedition to unravel an ancient Inca curse in (The seven Crystal Balls
and Prisoner of the Sun).

Herg now placed more emphasize on characters and plots and led to some of Tintins
greatest characters being introduced to the globe. Captain Haddock and Cuthbert
Calculus make their debuts during this era. This change of style was noticed by
readers and these yarns have proved the most popular over the years.

In 1943 Herg met Edgar Jacobs an American comic artist who he hired to help revise
early Tintin albums. Jacobs was instrumental in redrawing many of the outfits and
settings to make the albums for accurate and appropriate. Jacobs was also to help on
Tintin and the Seven Crystal Balls. By the end of the war Tintin had gone about a
change of style and was more fashionable then ever and was on its way to be adopted
by the French population.

The increasing demands the Tintin magazine placed on Herg led to him having a
breakdown in 1949 while he was working to complete Land of Black Gold. He then
went on to suffer another breakdown in 1950 working on Destination Moon. It was at
this point Herg Studios were set up in April 6th 1960. This was another turning point
in the Tintin world.