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The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 5: Land of Black Gold / Destination Moon / Explorers on the Moon (3 Volumes in 1) Hardcover – April 1, 1995
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Because "Land of Black Gold" was the first Adventure of Tintin I ever read it has a special place in my heart. It seems that all around the world cars (or lighters) using petrol are exploding. In a storyline eerily prescient of what would happen decades later with the rise of OPEC, the world is on the brink of an oil crisis. In the Middle East the evil Sheik Bab El Ehr tries to overthrow Sheik Ben Kalish Ezab, so Tintin heads to the Middle East to save the day. Throwing a monkey wrench into the proceedings, in addition to the omnipresent evil agents and hapless Thompson brothers, is Abdullah, son of Sheik ben Kalish Ezab, who pulls a constant string of practical jokes on everybody in sight (Historical Note: This is where the Thom(p)sons first develop their habit of becoming extremely hairy at inopportune moments).
I always think of Tintin as constituting "realistic absurdity," which reflects the way our hero plunges on despite the lunacy around him, which exists mainly in the characters rather than the situation. This delicate balance seems to be reflected even in Herge's artwork, where his "clear-line" style combines iconic characters with unusually realistic backgrounds, appeals to me.Read more ›
This series therefore is a mixed blessing. It's easily available and hard-bound, yes, and having three volumes in one book is a convenience of sorts. But I don't like the reduction in size: the images are too tiny for young or old eyes, and the beautiful cover illustrations are reduced to the size of postage stamps on the cover.
In short: this is a decent stopgap, far better than the black and white multi-volume sets that were circulating some years back, but get the full-size hardbound editions if you can find them.
Land of Black Gold makes little use of Captain Haddock (it actually took form before The Crab With the Golden Claws) and is, subjectively of course, the weakest of all the Tintin adventures created after Tintin in America.
The third of the three double adventures, Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon show an amazingly detailed lunar effort, 15 years before the real moon landing, using Syldavia vs. its communist-style rival Borduria (see King Ottokar's Sceptre) as the backdrop. We see a side of Calculus that we had not suspected, a great deal of slapstick from Haddock, highly convincing moonscapes, somewhat drab colours however, but an effective layout; the moonscapes are outstanding. Tintin's friendship with Haddock requires a little tough love. Great stories, and yet exceeded by the last two in the preceding volume and the three in Volume 6.
These will be saved in the family for many years to come.
The set I found online is by Little Brown and the ones I bought locally is by Egmont.
The only problem I've found with these books is that the format is smaller tan the original which detracts a bit of the image quality at times. Still, comfortable to read in a smaller size.
I also get to read them sometimes, still find them entertaining after 40 years!
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Kids loved the content and the books. It would have been 5 stars if the print was larger.Published 7 days ago by Marilyn
The format is a little small, but young eyes should not have any problems. My 9 year old granddaughter loved them!Published 1 month ago by JP Jaborska
Love the Tintin series. Very funny, just wish the print was not so small.Published 3 months ago by Cristina Rich
Love it! But the only problem I have is that the print is small, making it hard to read.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
not much to say but kids keep on reading the book over and over again.
so must be its a great read :)
I order these books for my 9 year old. He loves them! I get them for his birthday, Christmas, or long road trip or any other special occasion. Read morePublished 14 months ago by T. Woodcock
Big fan of Tin Tin. Love this hard cover. Super fast delivery.Published 15 months ago by Lion Heart