In 1971 Bob De Moor was asked to create the cover artwork for a special issue of ‘Les cahiers de la bande dessinée’ on Hergé. He decided to give them a ‘Tintin gone Hergé’. A shocking exercise that leaves Snowy shocked (to the point of loosing the bone he so much cherishes).
As you can see, Bob De Moor gave Tintin the head of Georges Rémi aka Hergé, including the typical Tintin haircut. On the suitcase several titles of Tintin albums were added: “Le temple du soleil”, “Le Sceptre d’Ottokar”, “Le Trésor de Rackham le Rouge”, “Cokes en stock”, “On a marché sur la Lune”, “Tintin au pays des Soviets”, “Les Cigares du pharaon”, “L’Oreille cassée” and “Vol 714 (pour Sydney)”.
So why do we show you this drawing today? Well, the 21 x 27 cm big drawing is being put up for auction on March 7th in Paris, France by Sotheby’s which expects it to reach between 1.800 and 2.500 Euros.
The ‘Spécial Hergé’ counted 81 pages and would be published in 1972 in between a Gotlib and a Roba special. The cover held a coloured version of the drawing stressing even more the resemblance with Tintin. You can see a scan on the left.
It would not be the last time that De Moor would put someone’s head on a Tintin body…
In 1980 a pair of stickers were sold for UNICEF. The stickers were part of an action that was directed to raise awareness that hunger was still a problem (and it also was against the sale of weapons to countries were this was the case). The anti-weapon vs food subject is present in the drawings by Bob de Moor, Dany, Franquin, Peyo and Roba.
The 8 stickers represented various drawings made for the occasion by Bob de Moor, Peyo, Dany, Tibet, Derib, Franquin, Roba, and one which we can’t seem to identify (the ‘monk’ saying “La faim? J’ai déjà donné”). In the Bob de Moor drawing you see Barelli holding up an empty sac of rice while a military hands out bullets to an undernourished kid. Note that the military has a South American uniform almost the same one as the ones in “Tintin and the Picaros”. The black and white drawing of this Barelli sticker is available in Bob de Moor. 40 ans de bandes dessinées, 35 ans aux côtés d’Hergé but now you can also see the colored version.
Note that Franquin‘s – excellent and to the point – drawing was also used for a poster action. For those that don’t understand French, Gaston Lagaffe is saying “Are you sure we are helping them?” while giving an undernourished kid the milk bottle rocket.