The right hand of Hergé

Since we wrote about Hergé and Tintin the other day a certain Bob de Moor really deserves mentioning. He and the rest of the crew of the Hergé-studio is more or less unknown to the public and therefore deserves this attention. In particular Bob since he took such a important part in creating and forming Tintin.

Bob de Moor is the pen name of Robert Frans Marie De Moor (born December 20, 1925), a Belgian comic artist. He was mainly a drawer and is considered an early master of the Ligne claire style. He drew many comic books himself but also collaborated with Hergé on several volumes of The Adventures of Tintin.

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The young Bob de Moor, an early master of the Ligne claire style.

Ligne claire (French for “clear line”) is a style of drawing. It is a style of drawing which uses clear strong lines which have the same thickness and importance, rather than being used to emphasize certain objects or be used for shading (for this reason it is sometimes also called the democracy of lines). Additionally, the style often features strong colours and a combination of cartoonish characters against a realistic background. The name was coined by Joost Swarte in 1977. The Adventures of Tintin is mainly performed in this style.

In 1950, he joined the Studios Hergé, where he became first assistant. He supervised the secondary drawings of Tintin and his friends. He also participated in the making of the animated version of Prisoners of the Sun and Tintin and the Lake of Sharks.

From the 1950’s until the 1980’s, he worked with Studios Hergé, e.g. on the backgrounds of Explorers on the Moon, on the new version of The Black Island (he was invited by the British editor), merchandising, advertising and animated films.

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Bob de Moor in his older days.

Bob de Moor was a researcher for Studio Hergé for over 30 years, and it’s probably much thanks to him that Tintin became the popular comic it became. After Hergés death in 1983, he wanted to complete the unfinished Tintin and Alph-Art, but Fanny, Georges Rémi’s widow, after hesitating, decided that the comic would stay unfinished.

In 1989, he became the artistic manager in the éditions du Lombard and chairman of the CBBD’s (Belgian Centre of Comics) board of directors, until his death in 1992. His son Johan de Moor finished his fathers last album of the series Cori de Scheepsjongen, Dali Capitan, which was published in January 1993.

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An example of the Ligne Claire from The Adventures of Tintin.

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