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Friday, April 06, 2012

Georges Prosper Remi/Hergé's Economical Impact

The first Tintin story was produced in 1929 and became instantly popular among young and old. Twenty two more stories followed, gaining fans all over the world and has been translated into over 50 languages, although it took the making of a movie, which occurred last year, before the U.S. warmed up to Tintin.

Georges Prosper Remi/Hergé's has inspired and influenced many such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, to name a few, and even has an asteroid located between Mars and Jupiter named after him by the Belgian Society of Astronomy on his 75th Birthday.

After his death in 1983, the Hergé Studios remained until Fanny closed them in 1987. She replaced it with the Hergé Foundation, but most of his work was kept in studios and bank vaults until it finally found its place in the Hergé Museum. It opened its doors on 2 June 2009 and can be found in Louvain-La-Neuve near Brussels, Belgium.

Hergé was given an honorable place in the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2003. His work was also the inspiration for dolls and many other products which can be readily found and bought in many stores.

Although he started, but never got to finish volume 24, Hergé's legacy lives on. He put Belgium on the map by entertaining millions of readers and inspiring producers and artists alike.

After the smashing hit of the first movie in the U.S., I suspect we will be able to enjoy many more in the near future!

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