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Destination Moon (The Adventures of Tintin) [Paperback]

Georges Remi Hergé
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26 Sep 2012 The Adventures of Tintin

The world’s most famous travelling reporter discovers that Professor Calculus is building a space rocket. Tintin and Captain Haddock are amazed to find that Professor Calculus is planning a top-secret project from the Sprodj Atomic Research Centre in Syldavia. And before our intrepid hero knows it, the next stop on this adventure is . . . Space.

Join the most iconic character in comics as he embarks on an extraordinary adventure spanning historical and political events, and thrilling mysteries. Still selling over 100,000 copies every year in the UK and having been adapted for the silver screen by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson in 2011.

The Adventures of Tintin continue to charm more than 80 years after they first found their way into publication. Since then an estimated 230 million copies have been sold, proving that comic books have the same power to entertain children and adults in the 21st century as they did in the early 20th.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; Graphic novel edition (26 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405206276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405206273
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hergé  (Georges Remi) was born in Brussels in 1907. Over the course of 54 years he completed 23 albums of The Adventures of Tintin series, which is now considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comics series of all time. With translations published in over 80 languages, more than 230 million copies sold worldwide and a Hollywood movie to its name, Tintin dominates the Comics and Graphic Novels chart even today. Sadly, Hergé died in 1983, leaving his 24th album, Tintin and Alph-Art, unfinished, but his hero continues to be one of the most iconic characters in both adult and children’s fiction.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TinTin Books are classic for 'Early Readers' 14 Mar 2013
By Matty M
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love how TinTin has lasted over the years - I have fond memories of reading them in the school library on a rainy day. Of course the movie was a great 're-launch' in their popularity and when my 7yo son showed an interest after seeing the movie I bought a few books as part of his Christmas sack. He was hooked! I have since bought a couple more for birthday/easter/Christmas as a bit of a traditional 'treat' and he almost has the set. He has read many of them 3-4 times each and still loves them - as he has gotten older and his reading more advanced he has understood the story and the characters that much more each read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pt. I of Hergé's classic lunar double-bill. 15 April 2012
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Part one of Hergé's double-bill lunar oddysey - both parts written quite some time before mankind actually made it to the moon - this is classic stuff. I actually came to this second lunar episode some time after Explorers On The Moon, through a quirk of chronological fate. But I was able, then and now, to enjoy each part as either a stand-alone adventure or, once I had them both, in combined effect.

As a scientist of international renown Professor Calculus gets involved in plans to put man on the moon. To be launched neither from Russia nor America, but Hergé's own east-central European creation, Syldavia (as previously featured in King Ottokar's Sceptre), this makes for an interesting contrast with the Cold War realities of the Space Race. Of course, this being Tintin, intrigues are as usual afoot, and Tintin's pals are there to bring welcome comic relief to his earnest adventuring.

Hemmed in by mountains like a Bond villain's lair, the Sprodj atomic research centre is a fabulous creation. With armed checkpoints and underground tunnels, it was a real spur to my childish imagination. Once the characters are established in their new location a wonderfully fraught rapport develops between the practically deaf Calculus and the always irascible Haddock, culminating in some fantastically funny scenes. Hergé rather cleverly uses the resulting humour to get across some scientific exposition from Calculus that might otherwise have seemed tedious for young readers.

As with Explorers On The Moon there's been interest, naturally, in what Hergé got right and wrong scientifically. Personally I think he got the balance between credibility and fantasy just right. Certainly as a kid I was just enchanted by it.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
"Destination Moon" ("Objectif Lune," 1953) gives a detailed account on the preparation and the launching of the expedition to the Moon from the Sprodj Atomic Research Center in Syldavaia using the rocket designed by Professor Calculus. However, be forewarned that this is the first half of the tale, which is continued in "Explorers on the Moon." So do not let the cliffhanger ending to this volume throw you for a loop. Just make a point of picking up both halves of the story and you can avoid any sleepless nights worrying about Tintin and his friends.
"Destination Moon" is really the set up, for which "Explorers on the Moon" is the payoff. What is most impressive is the attention to detail that Herge shows in these books, in terms of both the technical preparation for a trip to the moon and the actual trip. There is some intrigue, with agents from Klow trying to thwart the mission, but the main thing here is the preparation for the epic journey. These two volumes stack up well against any 1950s science fiction movie about traveling to the moon and anticipate a lot of what we would read about and see when Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon in 1969. Together these volumes constitute Tintin's greatest adventure (how can you top being the first man on the moon?).
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic. 9 April 2001
By A Customer
I first read this in the late 'fifties, and I still like it a lot. Good, solid atmosphere, and when the Professor gets furious I hold my breath. The testing of the dog helmet is also a classic bit. The book ends in a suitable cliffhanger (space-hanger?) and is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic Fantasy 1 July 2014
First written in 1953, 15 years before the first real moon landing in 1969!
I like these books because of their nostalgia value, good old-fashioned values of heroism, adventure good vs. evil. . I first got hold of copies of 'Destination Moon ' and 'Explorers on the Moon' when I was ten, and I was fascinated by the world which they opened up.
Tintin and Captain Haddock fly to the uranium-rich Balkan State of Syldavia, to work with Professor Calculus on his project to send a rocket to the moon, using the mountains of Syldavia as a base. You learn a lot about the fantasyland of Syldavia, and about the unusual perception of the world of his time, by the author, Herge.
This work is amazing in its futuristic scope. The super-modern (for when it was written in1953) Sprodj Atomic Research Center, and the details of the rocket where quite an amazing concept when the book was first published, 16 years before the first real moon landing by Neil Armstrong in 1969.
It is full of adventure, such as when Tintin is wounded while surprising villains at the ventilator grid in the picturesque Syldavian Mountains; and much humour such as escapades with Captain
Haddock's pipe and Professor Calculus' hearing aid , and the famous scene of an enraged Professor Calculus `acting the goat'.
It is a great adventure for all ages, a wonderful album to have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Acting the goat
Ah, landing on the moon. For decades before Neil Armstrong took one small step for a man, people dreamed about it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars TIntin
This book is a must for children who can red by themselves. It is beautifully illustrated and is sturdily made.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. M. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous comic
All the stories of Tintin are marvellous but I especially enjoy the 2 stories in the moon... and it arrived perfect and with a really good prize.
Published 7 months ago by dayangchi
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
If you are a Tintin fan, you will love this, as my 9 year old son did. Great gift idea too
Published 8 months ago by Lou S
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Had this book when I was a kid and always wanted it again - put off by the price until now - brought back happy memories and still beautifully illustrated
Published 8 months ago by Roy Dearnley
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
I gave it to a 10 year old. I had enjoyed it as a child and he did also.
Published 9 months ago by joseph feldmann
3.0 out of 5 stars Tintin- Destination Moon
Was disappointed when the first order of these books failed to arrive as it was meant to be a present. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by Rachel Sherriff
5.0 out of 5 stars tintin
Tintin books should be part of every kids childhood.If you are reading this review for quality of the product then be sure that the book is the genuine thing. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2011 by Mr. Brian Langan
3.0 out of 5 stars not one of herges best but ok
this was ok but if you want a 'cant take your eyes off it book' then read herges 'Tintin in america'
Published on 21 Jun 2011 by horse lover 4 life
4.0 out of 5 stars The one where Calculus acts the goat
The problem with Destination Moon is that it's really just a scene-setter for Explorers on the Moon. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2010 by Keris Nine
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