Classic Belgian Comics – A Pinch of Dieselpunk

Looking at some of the comics published in and out of Belgium during the Interbellum into the 1950’s you cannot help but notice how dieselpunk (and atompunk) they are. I blogged about this before, regarding Le Secret D’Espadon, and it is also a prominent feature in The Adventures of Tintin.


Tintin Shark Submarine

Granted, the above submarine is from a 1972 animated movie, but weird technology of this kind can be found as a sort of background theme in the comics.

The Adventures of Tintin as a whole are all pulp graphic novels, when you think about it. They have similar, if more humerous, story lines to classic pulp fiction and the whole atmosphere is very 1930’s, even in later incarnations.

I think it is only natural, if you add some (then) advanced technology and weird science to a story, while simultaneously using the comic as a medium for political comment, you end up with something dieselpunk.

So, The Adventures of Tintin actually offer a chance to introduce somebody of slightly lighter tastes to what it is we are doing. I know a lot of people who have never heard of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. More often then not, the same people know about Tintin and his dog Snowy, so the classic Belgian comic opens the way for explaining our leissure time interest.

(And you do not even need to resort to the Tintin vs. Cthulhu mash-ups I talked about before.)

And I also wanted to share this really sweet French steampunk animated video:

Paraphernalia from Sabrina Cotugno on Vimeo.

It actually reminded me a bit of Some Fortunate Future Day in Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories (the review is on this blog).