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Black Island: “39 Steps” and John Buchan connection?

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#11 · Posted: 5 Apr 2004 11:37
We only join Tintin when he's about to have an adventure. The rest of the time he's typing away like a mad thing... maybe after his trip to the moon he was able to go freelance! :-)

- garen.
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#12 · Posted: 5 Apr 2004 13:21
Perhaps he wrote the reports of his adventures ? According to 'Cigars of the Pharaoh', someone records his adventures, with the copy of 'Destination Moon' being shown to him. Of course, this is probably just a little joke, but it suggests that his adventures are recorded, so why not by himself ? And he becomes a celebrity after the Moon landing (of course), so his exploits may well have become known.

And after 'Red Rackham's Treasure', he has no real need to write stories, as he doesn't need to rent his appartment anymore - he can assume permanent residence at Marlinspike (he doesn't officially move in until 'Destination Moon', at the earliest).

It'd be interesting to see 'The Daily Life of Tintin' ...
#13 · Posted: 18 Apr 2004 11:21
When did Herge ever start receiving lot of money anyway?

#14 · Posted: 18 Apr 2004 13:25
I think I read somewhere that it was only in the late 1950s.
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#15 · Posted: 20 Apr 2004 01:05
I think the first thing that increased the revenue generated by Tintin was the contract signed with Casterman in 1932. This not only paid better, but also meant a wider circulation of books (by the time of 'The Broken Ear', Tintin albums were to be found in most bookshops in Belgium).

The creation of 'Tintin Magazine' would have meant that Hergé may have received more money, yet it must be remembered that as a result of working during wartime, he was blacklisted, and the only way he could have continued to work was due to Raymond Le Blanc's wartime credentials (resistance fighter). The contract, therefore, may not have been overly generous in the amount of money Hergé received, but if he wished to continue TINTIN, he had to take it. I think Le Blanc kept a tight grip on the merchandising rights to Tintin, which caused contention in later years.

I think it was during the 1950s that Hergé began art collecting in a big way, which escalated (and ultimately parodied in 'Tintin and Alph-Art'). The amount that he bought in later years echoes the amount of revenue his characters were generating.

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