Heuvelmans Influenced Early Cryptofiction

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 6th, 2011

At the recent conference of European cryptozoologists, on the 16th and 17th of April 2011, Catherine Gravet gave a passionate presentation on the influence of Bernard Heuvelmans on Herge and the Tintin series.

The collaboration of Bernard Heuvelmans with Herge, as demonstrated within “Tintin au Tibet” is somewhat known in cryptozoology circles.

Here you can see how Heuvelmans’ drawing of the Yeti guided the author of the comics (early forms of graphic novels, really), as well as did the images shared from the 1951 Shipton encounter with the footprints in Nepal.

The appearance of the condor (a vulture) vs the eagle carrying away prey is to be found in the Tintin series too. Did Heuvelmans have a hand in this? The condor-like bird mirrors the description of a Thunderbird.

For more on this cryptozoological topic, in French, see here.

What is less well known is that Bernard Heuvelmans appears to have given Herge the idea to place water on the moon, and this concept has turned out to be real. (More on the moon angle, in French, here.)

As to mammoths on the moon, well…

My thanks to Michel Raynal for this information.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

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