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Tintin is an international icon, which in this post-modern
world, seems to make him a target and vector for politics and messages. Needless to say, none of these works are
canon and Hergé would probably object to their messages. In fact, I haven’t included a number of
existing pirate works due to them being highly objectionable.
Ironically enough, some original Tintin books have been
under attack by various groups with “modern” agendas. You can find those debates on line easily enough. Hergé was born in 1907 and was brought up in
the milieu (not Milou) of his era. The
first Tintin story appeared in print in 1929, over 80 years ago, although he
had other works previous to that time.
Undoubtedly, his works will be continue to be studied, discussed, copied, and satirized for years to come.
I can’t say I agree with the message of these unauthorized
covers and works, but I have included some of them here to show what a powerful
iconic image Tintin is, within not only our culture, but in many cultures. Tintin is printed in 98 languages and
dialects, which gives Tintin global impact.
But I’m no Tintin scholar, just a long-time fan.
I haven’t made this an exhaustive list of ersatz Tintin
covers, because I believe that Hergé intended for Tintin to be a young adult’s
book and there are a number of subjects that he did not cover. I won’t either because this is a family
friendly, safe-for-work blog.
I have posted previously about my father reading Tintin books to
me while I was a very small child and how important reading to children is to
their development. Children model
themselves on their parent(s), peer group, and their society. Set a good example and make them not just
literate, but love reading and writing. Kids these days need to be armed with literacy and informed,
critical thinking. I’d like to think
that the Tintin books had a hand in that, in my case.
This is the third of a series of four posts about the
fannish Tintin phenomena and the predilection of artistic fans to put their own
spin on the famous Hergé series.
In the last Tintin post, The Lovecraft Connection, I showed
a few fan-made Lovecraft-Tintin mashups, which placed Tintin in contact with
Cthulhu mythos creatures and situations.
In this post I want to show a few clever science fiction covers produced
We know that Hergé had an interest in science fiction with
the publication of The Shooting Star and the two-part lunar story, Destination
Moon & Explorers on the Moon.
See if you can guess what famous books and movies these
covers are referring to: some are
obvious, and a couple are more esoteric, but all are made with respect to
Tintin and the works of Hergé.
The Magneto Affair not an overtly Tintin mashup cover, but the
style is unmistakable.
Previously, I posted Tintin Covers 1 – The Realty, about the
sale of original Hergé artwork in Paris.
Now I want to show you some fan-made covers that are strictly
non-canon. I have been a fan of H. P.
Lovecraft since I was young, although not as long as having been a TinTin
fan. But my enjoyment of both goes way
Fans have produced their own covers for nonexistent books,
supposing a Lovecraft – Hergé connection that never was. Fan art is a mainstay of fandom and no less
than in Tintin and Lovecraft fandom, so mashups were inevitable.
These covers don’t undermine either genre, but rather show
support for existing works. Enjoy these
covers in the playful spirit they were created. It’s a pity that the complete books never really existed, but
it’s nice to think they might in a parallel universe.
We no long have H. P. Lovecraft or Hergé producing stories,
but their corpus of works have been influential for a good portion of the 20th
century and into the 21st. I
hope that in presenting these fan-made covers that people will be influenced to
read the original works of both H. P. Lovecraft and Georges Remi a.k.a. Hergé.
One of the most prolific of the fan Tintin/Lovecraft mashup
artists is Muzski, who is actually Murray Groat. You can see more of his works at DeviantArt.
This post is a follow up to the one I made previously about
the same subject, Lovecraft Tintin Books – Two Great Tastes That Taste Great
Together, February 25, 2011, and I felt there was so much good material out there, that I had to expand on the idea.
I previously posted a few ersatz TinTin covers here on the
blog that had Lovecraftian and themes.
Nearly as interesting as fan art is the fact that an early original
cover recently at auction at $1.6 million at a Paris auction. Now fans are typically broke, but the
anonymous and anomalous buyer of this work clearly was not the typical Tintin
This is the cover to Tintin in America (Tintin en Amerique)
for the original 1932 non-English edition and was painted by Hergé himself.
Subsequent and English editions had a
variety of different cover art. Over
the span of years Hergé refreshed his books to keep the style and context up to
date, so collecting Tintin books don’t just stop with having one of each book
since there are a number of variations for each title in each language.
Other rare Hergé originals were on sale like this Red
Rackham’s Treasure battle scene, above.
And this wide-angle work from Flight 714, above.
Three variant covers on the English language version
of Tintin in America
This is the first of a four part series about Tintin covers
and how fans’ love of Hergé's creation spawned (and I do mean spawned) a
plethora of faux covers from pastiches to mashups, but most generally done with
love and admiration.
TINTIN COVERS 1 – The Reality The first a four part series, posted here.