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Pt. II of Hergé's epic lunar odyssey.
on 15 April 2012
This, actually the second part of a double-bill, was the first Tintin adventure I ever owned. I can still recall how my original copy eventually disintegrated, from frequent use. As my first experience of Tintin I still have a special fondness for it even now, all these many years later. Having left Tintin and his fellow crew-members blacked-out aboard the moon rocket, Explorers On The Moon picks up where the final cliff-hanging page of Destination Moon left off. Without giving anything away, suffice it to say that Hergé's lunar exploration adventure doesn't disappoint.
With the hindsight we now have, parts appear by turn cutely fantastical or strikingly 'prophetic'. Even taking into account things Hergé got wrong, it's impressive, given that Hergé was dreaming this all up on terra firma over a decade prior to the actual moon-landings. For some these discrepancies detract from the success of these lunar adventures. Not so for me: I've always loved them, and as works of children's fictional adventure I think they succeed very admirably. Indeed, one could argue that they're commendably bold in tackling what was, at the time they were published, still in the realm of science fiction.
As usual there's action, adventure, excitement, and comedy. As well as the expected buffoonery of Capt. Haddock and Thompson and Thomson there's also villainy, heroism and tragedy, making some aspects of this particular episode figure amongst the darker moments within the Tintin stories. But never fear, it's all served up with that endearing boy scout old-school adventurousness that is a part of what makes these stories both full of period charm, and enduring classics. Wonderful!