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Hergé's abandoned ideas for Tintin adventures?

#1 · Posted: 12 Jun 2008 16:30
I wonder if Herge started an adventure then abandoned the idea. Is it documented anywhere about adventures he wanted to do.
#2 · Posted: 12 Jun 2008 21:37
Well, in Tintin:The Complete Companion by Michael Farr mentions that there was another plot intended for Destination Moon/Explorers on the Moon. In it Professor Phostle (I think that was the guy) wanted to sabotage the expedition to get money so that he could buy a diamond for Rita Hayworth. But it wasn't Herge's idea, and it certainly wasn't as good as his own.
In Farr's book it also quotes Herge' as wanting to stage an entire adventure within the confines of an airport (think Terminal, with Tom Hanks), but his plan was never realized.
Alph-Art had a few different plot bunnies that were discarded, mainly about the Captain. He went hippie, or was cured of his whisky aversion (but at the expense of his hair and beard), took up music, etc. Strange.
There were probably hundreds of story ideas that Herge' considered and rejected in the writing process.
UK Correspondent
#3 · Posted: 13 Jun 2008 17:58
I've no books to hand to check, but Hergé had considered setting another story in the USA and re-tackling the Native American subject. Think that was around the time of Tintin in Tibet. There was a storyline about Nestor being framed for murder, around the same time. In the 1930s he intended to set a story in the far north (Siberia?) and if you look at the endpapers in an old edition, the drawing of Tintin and Snowy in furs actually comes from that, rather than - as you might expect - Soviets.

Some books went through so many changes that the final story bears little resemblance to its starting point. Early drafts of Picaros involved internment camps and Tintin and Haddock's plane being hijacked (which made its way into Flight 714). I think Tibet started out with a jewel being brought to Marlinspike for safe-keeping, although that might be completely wrong.
#4 · Posted: 13 Jun 2008 20:11
And then there's the adventure in Berlin (early 1960s I think) that someone else scripted (a cartoonist called Greg, I think), and which Hergé drew a few beautiful pencil rough pages for, before deciding he didn't like it. From memory, I think it might have been called the Thermo Zero, an idea that was then handed over to Bob de Moor to turn into a Jo,Zette and Jocko adventure, but which was also abandned. Or am I muddling two things up? I'm sure there's a thread on it somewhere on this forum, so someone will know.
#5 · Posted: 13 Aug 2008 02:55
The Calculus Affair started out as a rough idea called Tintin In Berlin (according to Harry Thompson's excellent book).
Harrock n roll
#6 · Posted: 14 Aug 2008 10:02 · Edited by: Harrock n roll
Here's an account of an abandoned story idea which I read about in the book "Chronologie 4".

"The American Circus" – 1943
Hergé had been thinking about his next adventure following "Red Rackham's Treasure". José De Launoit (a fellow illustrator and longtime collaborator) gave him outlines of a more or less structured scenario: a story about the theft of artworks in which the European tour of a large American circus is used as a cover. Some of the ideas are interesting: “Captain Haddock is fascinated by a conjurer who changes water into alcohol, drags Tintin along to the circus (…) He goes there daily in order to discover his trick.” Next, Haddock befriends an Englishman who hopes to see the trainer devoured by his wildcats (José De Launoit had evidently read the 'Fables' book which had been recently illustrated by his friend Hergé).

Tintin is very quickly struck by the coincidence between the thefts and the presence of the circus. He joins the troop and meets the travelling entertainers, one of whom is Pedro, a knife thrower. The Thom(p)sons are there too, as clowns naturally!

The story was not developed any further, but some of the plot was clearly retained for 'The Seven Crystal Balls'.
cigars of the beeper
#7 · Posted: 15 Aug 2008 12:31
That sounds like an interesting story!
#8 · Posted: 3 Dec 2018 10:46 · Edited by: Shivam302001
I am so sorry if I revived such an ancient thread. I found some interesting abandoned ideas of Tintin stories by Herge that I want to share with others.

There was the idea of a Tintin adventure that would completely take place in the confines of an airport. (after Picaros)

Then of course is the well known abandoned Tintin project Le Thermozero.(after the Calculus Affair)

Herge also thought about some plot ideas after completing The Red Sea Sharks and before Tintin in Tibet.

Herge intended to send Tintin back to the U.S.A to help a group of Native Americans defend their land from a large corporation that wished to drill for oil.

There was another one where Tintin would have tried to prove that Nestor had
been framed for a crime committed by his old employers, the Bird Brothers. This story is known in someplaces as the Pills.

Finally, there was another idea where Tintin and Calculus would have travelled to a snow-covered polar region, where a stranded group of explorers would have needed Calculus to save them from food poisoning.

Herge also toyed with the idea of a group of anarchists bent on destroying Europe's most iconic buildings around the time of The Black Island.

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