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Born in Belgium in 1907, he died in 1983. 

Hergé, whose real name was Georges Remi, first created comics for scouting magazines as a teenager. Hergé discovered American comic strips at the end of 1920s. This discovery would greatly influence him, for example in the use of speech balloons instead of captions, as was tradition in Europe until then. He became famous in 1930 with the character of Tintin created for the magazine Le Petit Vingtième for which Hergé was editor in chief. His first adventure, Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, was followed by other adventures like Tintin in the Congo or The Blue Lotus. The series became a huge hit: it sold more than 230 million albums in more than 80 languages. Today, Hergé is widely seen as the “father of European comic art.” Other famous series by Hergé include Quick et Flupke (1930), about two street kids in Brussels, and Les Aventures de Jo, Zette et Jocko (1936).