Belgian cartoonist Georges Prosper Remi was born May 22, 1907 in Etterbeek, Brussels. To many of us he is mostly known by his pen name: Hergé. The Adventures of Tintin, drawn in his distinct ligne claire style, have made him and his two heroes famous throughout the world.Georges Prosper Remi began his actual illustrating career by working on the Totor series for Scouting and Catholic magazines. Winsor McCay’s Gertie the Dinosaur and the films of Charlie Chaplin, Harry Langdon and Buster Keaton were an important influence on the kid Georges Prosper, whose artistic ambitions soon became obvious, when he started drawing every-day scenes in his school books. Encouaged by his Scoutmaster, Rene Weverbergh who helped publish Remi’s first drawings in a Saint-Boniface Scouts newsletter, he set out for a great career and continued publishing in the Federation of Scouts‘ newsletter Boy-Scout in 1922. At that time he also startet using different pen names like „Jérémie“ or „Jérémiades“. In 1924 „Hergé“ – the pronounciation of his reversed initials (R.G.) – was finally born.
In 1925 Hergé moved on to the conservative newspaper Le XXe Siècle. It didn’t take long until he started serialising the first of his stories to feature boy reporter Tintin in 1929: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets.
Further Adventures of Tintin and the Quick & Flupke series appeared, in which Hergé‘s interest for background research already started showing. When Le XXe Siècle was shut down during the German occupation, Hergé continued to work for Le Soir and later Tintin magazine, where he stayed on as artistic director of Studio Hergé until his death, March 3, 1983.