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Masters of the Ninth ArtBandes dessinees and Franco-Belgian Identity$
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Matthew Screech

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239383

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313530

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Constructing the Franco-Belgian Hero: Hergé's Aventures de Tintin

Constructing the Franco-Belgian Hero: Hergé's Aventures de Tintin

(p.17) Chapter One Constructing the Franco-Belgian Hero: Hergé's Aventures de Tintin
Masters of the Ninth Art
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This chapter focuses on Hergé's Les Aventures de Tintin. Hergé is considered the pioneer of the ninth art while Tintin can be seen as the ninth art's first mythological hero. Unlike the superheroes who embodied an American force of good in the world, which had to prevail, Tintin developed within a Franco-Belgian context: loss of empire, wartime occupation, reduced global influence and dominance by Anglophone popular culture. Tintin's reality is not that of a superhero: it gradually turns him into a human being. Les Aventures de Tintin also sent out a clear moral message. Tintin was a positive role-model whom young Christian boys were supposed to emulate; he was an angelic example of youthful virtue, the perfect boy scout. Tintin was brave, strong and magnanimous; he did good turns, putting others before himself.

Keywords:   Francophone comic strips, Tintin, superhero, role-model

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