Philippe Goddin

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Philippe Goddin (born May 27, 1944 in Brussels, Belgium[1]) is a leading expert and literary critic of The Adventures of Tintin,[2][3] and author of several books on Tintin and his creator, Hergé. He was general secretary of the Fondation Hergé from 1989 to 1999.[4]


He has written numerous books on the subject, which include Hergé and Tintin, Reporters. He produced a biography, Hergé: lignes de vie.[4][5]

His masterwork is the seven-volume (totalling 3000 pages) Hergé - Chronologie d'une oeuvre (Hergé - Chronology of his work), which Belgian magazine La Libre called "Magnificent. Monumental. Unique in its kind." ("Magnifique. Monumental. Unique en son genre.")[1]

His study of Tintin was published in English in 3 volumes as The Art of Hergé, Inventor of Tintin; Volume 1 was criticized by Publishers Weekly for being content to retell plots rather tha providing critical analysis.[6] It was also published in Dutch as De Kunst van Hergé, schepper van Kuifje; Belgian newspaper De Standaard reviewed volume 2, awarding it 4/5 stars.[7]

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He also helped to keep the television series The Adventures of Tintin more true to the books.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Matthys, Francis (2011-05-23). "Le talent multiforme du génial Hergé". La Libre.
  2. ^ "A very European hero". Indian Express. 25 December 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  3. ^ Soumois, Frederic (January 13, 2004). "BD Tintin a 75 ans". Le Soir (Belgium).
  4. ^ a b "Les "lignes de vie" d'Hergé". La Libre. 2007-10-25.
  5. ^ "Philippe Goddin : " J'espère avoir rendu Hergé attachant "". ActuaBD. 21 November 2007.
  6. ^ Sanderson, Pete (October 14, 2008). "Books About Comics: From Zap To Tintin". PW Comics Week/Publishers Weekly.
  7. ^ Horsten, Toon (April 9, 2010). "Philippe Goddin De Kunst van Hergé, schepper van Kuifje, 1937-1948". De Standaard (Belgium).

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