Panels: Herge’s TV

Since this is Tintin week, I thought I’d share a few panels from a fantastic sequence in Hergé’s The Castafiore Emerald.

Calculus, the hard of hearing inventor, has created a color television (seemingly unconcerned that such an item was already invented at the time as one of his friends points out). Hergé’s love of abstract and pop art comes out in his visuals for the less than perfect television screen. Here are three panels from the two page sequence.

Tintin TV 1

Tintin TV 2

Tintin TV 3

When the characters make Calculus turn off the tv, we get this panel. No that’s not a bad scan or poor printing. In a rare bit of experimentation, Hergé alters the readers view of the scene.

Tintin TV 4