A fascinating and witty account of the life of Tintin, his creator, and the phenomenon that they became.
The little black-and-white cartoon figure of Tintin first appeared in Belgium in 1929 in a Catholic newspaper where his creator, Herg?©, worked. Harry Thompson looks at the story of Herg?©, of Tintin and his origins, and beyond to when President de Gaulle could call Tintin 'his only rival'.
Harry Thompson is the inventor and editor of many TV comedy series including Have I Got News For You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He is the author of acclaimed bestsellers, including Peter Cook: A Biography. His most recent book is a historical novel, This Thing of Darkness. He worked as a producer at Talkback TV and in his spare time ran an infamous cricket team, the Captain Scott XI. He died in November 2005.
Praise for Tintin: Hergé & His Creation — ---
'As biographies go, they don't come much more definitive than Harry Thompson's hugely enjoyable account of Tintin' — James Delingpole, Sunday Telegraph
'Harry Thompson rings all the right bells...a joyous Tintinabulation' — Piers Brendon, Mail on Sunday
'A major biography...witty and sympathetic' — Jonathan Sale, Financial Times
'Thompson...is motivated by such admiration for Hergé and such affection for Tintin that his pleasure is communicated. I am keen to reread Tintin in the light of what I know now' — Nicholas Garland, Daily Telegraph
'A delightful portrait...well-organised and well researched...witty, fascinating and just a little mad...it is more or less impossible not to like this book' — The European
'As a broad, bright Hergé-like brush-stroke, it has genuine appeal' — Guardian
'The first book in English on Tintin to have an idea in it' — The Times
'An admirably organised double biography... For specialists and for the myriad devotees of the stories this book is a must' — Frank Muir, Sunday Express
'Immensely detailed...it contains a great deal of fascinating information' — GQ