The final, “poignant” image of Tintin, drawn shortly before creator Hergé’s death, is to go on display in London – with one expert speculating it may give a clue to the intrepid reporter’s final fate.
Tomorrow Somerset House opens “Tintin: Hergé’s Masterpiece”, an exhibition about the much-loved character and his author and illustrator.
The show examines the evolution of Tintin, from his first appearance in the children’s supplement of a Belgian newspaper – Le Petit Vingtième – in 1929, to a reproduction of the very last image Hergé drew, for the unfinished book Tintin and Alph-Art, before his death in 1983.
The image shows Tintin’s adversary Endaddine Akass marching the hero off to be covered in liquid polyester.
Michael Farr, a “Tintin-ologist”, said it was “a very poignant final sketch, where he shows Tintin about to be turned into a living statue. It may have been the end of Tintin, we don’t know. Hergé died shortly after”.
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