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Tintin Magazine (1946-1988)Tintin was the Belgian magazine for realistic comics during the second half of the 20th Century. 

Tintin was the Belgian magazine for realistic comics during the second half of the 20th Century. It brought forth legendary series such as 'Blake & Mortimer', 'Alix', 'Ric Hochet' and of course 'Tintin et Milou'. The first issue appeared in 1946 and the magazine ran until its final rendition in 1993. The title character, 'Tintin', was created back in 1929 for Le Petit Vingtième by the Belgian artist Georges Rémi, also known as Hergé and was already extremely popular. The idea for a magazine came up after a meeting between Hergé and the Belgian publisher Raymond Leblanc. After dealing with the financial aspects, Leblanc founded the publishing house Lombard and one of Belgium's most prestigious comic magazines was born. Soon a Flemish version followed, titled 'Kuifje'.

From the first issue of 26 September 1946, a team of talented artists was formed to fill the magazine's pages. Among the first cooperators, besides Hergé, were Edgar Pierre Jacobs, Paul Cuvelier and Jacques Laudy. Cuvelier put out the historical 'Corentin' series, while Jacobs took on his successful science fiction series 'Blake & Mortimer'. In the following years, Hergé restarted the 'Jo, Zette et Jocko' series, which first appeared in Coeurs Vaillants. Although Tintin primarily contained realistic work, Étienne Le Rallic provided a humorous variation with 'Jojo Cow-Boy' and 'Teddy Bill'. Jacques Martin joined in 1948 and created the famous 'Alix' series. At the same time, Dino Attanasio and Willy Vandersteen contributed their work.

For several decades, Hergé kept artistic control over the magazine. A striking example of his interferences is Willy Vandersteen's 'Bob et Bobette' ('Suske en Wiske') series. This typical Flemish comic had to be rebuilt and drawn in a more Clear Line style. While the magazine gained popularity in Belgium, Raymond Leblanc contacted the French publisher Georges Dargaud to start a French version. In October 1948 the first French issue appeared. The Belgian and French version mostly published the same comics, but there were (mainly editorial) distinctions. Bob De Moor, who already drew for the Flemish Kuifje, joined Tintin in 1949 and drew several gag pages.

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