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#11 · Posted: 3 Jul 2004 02:45 · Edited by: jock123
If I am wel informed, the project called Le ThermoZéro is a project for a Tintin book and not for a Jo, Zette and Jocko adventure.

No, Chevet, it is both, but you are not the first person I have had trouble convincing of this! Thanks for the link to the Greg page, it is very interesting: it is particularly so because it points out that while Hergé could not work with the script, he did in fact think that it was good. What it misses is what he did with it next.

As I explained in the conference article quoted above, once Hergé had given up Greg’s script for a Tintin book, he passed it to Bob de Moor to transform Greg’s same basic scenario into a JZ&J story.

This actually isn’t news, as in their biography of Bob de Moor (Bob de Moor: 40 ans de bandes dessinées, 35 ans aux côtés d'Hergé, Lombard, 1986), Bernard Tordeur and Pierre-Yves Bourdil published some of Bob’s notes and sketches of the JZ&J work. What was news was that the book which Bob developed was substantially complete, and the possibility was that it could be published.

Hope this clarifies things for you - I can really recommend the de Moor biography, if you want a look behind the scenes at his work with Hergé and on his own.
#12 · Posted: 3 Jul 2004 08:16
Just to back up what jock123 says, as I was also at the conference, and the Jock, Zette & Jocko connection and details of ThermoZéro came straight from Monsieur Tordeur who is one of the three full-time staff at the Hergé archives. I didn't know about the De Moor biography though.
#13 · Posted: 3 Jul 2004 12:50 · Edited by: jock123
The book is tremendously interesting (I bet you didn’t know that Bob’s dad invented a machine for drilling square holes, now did you? It’s true!), and is filled with sketches, preparatory work , model-sheets and photographs etc. for the work he did with Hergé, as well as his solo work and collaborations with Jacques Martin and others.

There are nice pics from both the trip on the boat to Sweden, and Bob in the UK for the Black Island re-write.

The JZ&J material is on pp 94-5, with reproductions of one page of rough for the book drawn to approx size, one sheet with four pages roughed out in thumbnail, two sheets showing notes and background, including a map of some roads and a forest (this is the one which has the note about “zero absolut” on it) and a couple of character thumb-nails of Jo, Jo’s dad, and two faces I don’t recognise.

The notes also show someone parascending on a large kite behind a speed-boat, and make reference to ‘la “S.G.A.D”’ - la Société Général d’Agents Doubles (The General Society of Double Agents) and other variations on that theme - including something that seems so wildly up-to-date that it is spooky: Les Espions Réuni - Spys Reunited!! No doubt they have a web-page!

Another spooky prediction shows a bomb being dropped down a heat-vent, in a manner not dissimilar to the end of Star Wars and the destruction of the Death Star!

“ThermoZéro” is given an abbreviation of “tZO” (the ‘t’ is super-script), and is described as releasing an incredibly intense cold. An aerosol can with the word “Sproyt” written down it suggests that it might be the means of deploying tZO, and there is a cut-away sketch of what might be the same can, showing a central section containing spheres running down through a double-sided container like a vacuum flask.

A separate box on that page makes reference to a silent explosive, and has a sketch of what might be a car blowing up.

The de Moor biography is well worth a look; I’m glad to see the book is available, because I thought it had gone out of print.
#14 · Posted: 3 Jul 2004 18:54
Cheers for the info on the book Jock123, I've gone for a copy! Good excuse to buy some other French Hergé stuff as well and save on shipping!


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