2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2002
"On a Marche Sur La Lune" ("Explorers on the Moon," 1954) picks up right where "Objectif Lune" ("Destination Moon") left off, with Tintin and his friends unconscious in a rocket hurtling for the moon. What makes "On a Marche Sure La Lune" so fascinating is the documentary detail that Hergé infuses into the story. I cannot think of a 1950s science fiction film that predicts as accurately what happened when Apollo 11 went to the moon a decade and a half later. One of the chief charms of Hergé's artwork has always been the way his caricature drawings of Tintin and friends are contrasted by the realistic backgrounds, and this artistic style achieves its apex when we see the spaceship approaching the moon. "On A Marche sur la Lune" would work as a straight-forward first man on the moon type story, but, of course, in Hergé's capable hands it becomes so much more. Taken together with "Objectif Lune," this has got to constitute Tintin's greatest adventure.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
There's a surprising amount of science in this adventure of Tintin's, follow up to 'Objectif Lune'. Perhaps Hergé felt he had to educate his readers, who wouldn't have been as clued up on the rules of space travel in the 1950s as we are now. Since the ever dim Dupont et Dupond are on board the fusée (rocket), they're the ones who say silly things so that Tournesol can correct them and tell us that actually you can't hear sound in a vacuum, or that the rocket won't get wet when they land on one of the moon's 'seas'. It's a bit of a shame that the usually eccentric and hard-of-hearing Tournesol dons a hearing aid in this story and is rather serious and competent, which is perhaps why Haddock plays the fool more than usual.
What Hergé didn't know though was that you can't land a rocket the size of a 747 on the moon, nor take along a vehicle the size of a Chieftan tank to do lunar pleasure trips. But the 1950s space science stuff is great fun.
There are plenty of plot twists and cliffhangers as Tounesol's carefully planned trip goes from bad to worse. It's all great fun, and very funny. Milou is obviously a very good dog if he's allowed to wear a spacesuit for extended periods. But there are no lamp posts on the moon I suppose...
These large-format hardbacks are very good value and make a great collection. I use them to improve my French; this one seemed a bit harder in that respect than the last couple I've read, but it's still a fairly easy read.