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By believing in his dreams, man turns them into reality

For nearly ninety years, children and adults alike have been captivated by cartoonist Hergé’s adventures of Tintin.

The creator of one of the world’s most famous cartoon adventurers, Hergé, was born Georges Prosper Remi in a Brussels suburb. He took his first and last initials and reversed them RG, prounounced Hergé, to create his pen name.

Tintin, a somewhat child-like investigative reporter enjoyed a wide range of adventures across a diverse range of different countries, always accompanied by his faithful canine companion, Snowy. In his 17th adventure, Tintin even went to the Moon some fifteen years before Neil Armstrong and Apollo 11 got there.

In Nazi occupied Belgium during the War, Hergé worked at a newspaper that had been comandeered by the German administration. When Belgium was liberated by the Allies, the cartoonist and his colleagues were initially accused of being traitors, although no charges were brought against them and he overcame the controversy.

As his Tintin adventures became more successful, Hergé opened a creative studio in 1950 as demand for the stories grew.

Tintin was joined by a large range of supporting characters including Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus and the Thompson Twins. The comic stories were adapted into a TV cartoon and, more recently, a Steven Spielberg film.

Hergé separated from his first wife Germaine in 1960, but the couple had been unable to legally divorce until 1977, when he married his long-time lover Fanny Vlamynck, who had been a colourist in his studio. Still in his 40s when they had bugin their affair, Hergé was 70 when he wed his 42-year old bride.