Page 2 (miscellaneous)
|Open this image from The Red Sea Sharks and check your knowledge...||The two cars at the bottom right are not complete and hard to recognise.|
|How many do you know ?|
|Eight cover pages|
|Cover pages of Journal de Tintin in 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, and 1979.
Do you recognise the cars?
If you know the second one, you are a real expert!
|The next ones are easier...|
These cover pages are not advertisements; they show the prizes that can be won when entering competitions organised by "Le journal de Tintin".
|Advertising for Citroën|
|13 images by Hergé in another window, with two more ads for the 2 CV.|
|A Bugatti from Quick et Flupke|
|published in "Le Petit Vingtième" on 24 January 1935|
|Two American cars from "La Vallée des Cobras"|
|(The adventures of Jo, Zette, and Jocko)|
|Several of the albums have been "updated" by Hergé. One of them, The Black Island, has been thoroughly re-worked. See other examples on the next page.|
|A small mistake of the Hergé studios|
|The Seven Crystal Balls, page 46. The red car stopped by the Belgian road police is a Simca 8 "1100" or a Fiat from which the Simca was copied in France. It has a grille in two parts, and 4 doors that open in a characteristic way as shown in the second frame.||In the following frame, the grille is in one piece, and the general shape of the car is that of a Simca 5 (Fiat Topolino) which was in production between 1936 and 1948.|
|Another small mistake of the master|
Page 42 of the Black Gold:
Tintin is trying to get the news on the radio. He gets successively music, a broadcast in English, then in Russian, and finally in French. Whilst the "Da?" (yes in Russian) is correctly written in Cyrillic script, the "Niet!" is not: the Cyrillic "I" is an upside down Roman "N", and here it is shown the "Latin way".
|A third small mistake|
|Page 28 of The Calculus Affair :
The Mercedes 300 shows the CD of the diplomatic corps and is registered in canton Vaud (VD). This is not probable, as representatives of international organisations in Geneva woud have their cars registered in canton Geneva (GE).
Looking even closer, you will see that the emblem in the registration plate has a vertical division, which would correspond to Geneva, although the colours do not match: . On the other hand, the emblem of canton Vaud has a horizontal division: . It is almost correctly represented in the registration plate of the Rover shown on page 21 of the same album when the car enters the city of Nyon, except that it is upside down (a fourth mistake!) with the green part on top instead of on bottom.
Other Swiss cantons also have diplomats: Berne, capital of Switzerland, and Zurich, where a few consulates are located.
|The diva sings Gounod's Faust|
Bianca Castafiore singing the "Jewels" air
|Was Hergé a racist?|
Tintin's albums, especially "Tintin in the Congo", were criticized for the way Blacks were treated there. Is that really racism?
|Where is Syldavia?|
Hergé shows it precisely on a map.
Coat of arms of the kingdom of Syldavia (click)
See last page of "King Ottokar's Sceptre".
The motto of Syldavian kings is: "Eih bennek, eih blahvet", in English: "Here I am, here I stay." If you want to know what the two farmers above are saying, see an exhaustive study of the Syldavian language.
|From a different hand|
|I prepared another page for you with
14 cars of the 1950's
drawn by Jacques Martin.
|as well as...|
by Ted Benoit.
|See also my links on Tintin and on classic cars.|
|All pictures are obviously © Hergé, but this page was prepared by François de Dardel. Last update 17th May 2020.|