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Explorers on the Moon (The Adventures of Tintin) Paperback – September 30, 1976
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The copyright says "First U.S. Edition: September 1976," but the names of the translators, which are included on editions of other Tintin books I have from the 70s, have been omitted in this edition. I'm not sure if the content has been edited.
This edition is printed in China. The old ones were "Printed by Casterman, S.A., Tornai, Belgium".
I would recommend purchasing the little 3-story hardbacks (about 6.5" x 9.5"), which seem to still have the original writing, or if you like the original large format (about 8.5" x 11.5"), look for an old edition from a used book store.
I think this applies to all of the new Tintin large format books.
I uploaded a customer image of the digital font to the Amazon "Look Inside" feature for Tintin Land of Black Gold.
The Amazon "Look Inside" images are not from the current edition!
Amazon added images to the "Look Inside" feature the day that I made the above comment, but the images are from an old edition. You can tell by looking at the back cover. The old ones are "Printed in Belgium" and use the original title for "FLIGHT 714", which has been changed to "FLIGHT 714 TO SYDNEY" in the current editions.
This adventure sees Tintin and friends successfully go to the moon and back , defeating such problems as a rapidly depleting oxygen source and villains who have followed them into space .
I read it when I was ten and it led me to become interested in space.
I remember sitting on top of the roof of my home , reading it , and seeing a shooting star fly by. There is something intriguing about these comics.
This book appears to be in the original format, based on the editions I read read in the '70s, with the original hand-written font (I believe). Definitely not the reduced size, computer-generated font of the multi-edition series with the modern covers.
This is the 3rd Tintin I've purchased, for my soon-to-be five year old son. I gave much thought to the first one (Tintin in America), due to stereotypes / racial content, as well as lots of gun play and near death scenarios, and ultimately decided this was a "safe" way to introduce such content on my terms, versus cartoons and movies, which he isn't watching yet.
So I write this review only as a caution to parents -- this is the first Tintin that Herge kills off a couple of characters. One is a bad guy who is shot, the other a "redeemed" character who sacrifices his own life. Those two scenes, within pages of each other, give my budding reader more pause than any of the near death situations Tintin and the Captain faced in any of the stories so far.
Nightmare material? Possibly. But definitely points for discussion -- and this coming from a boy who is quite comfortable with the concept.
So again, not a complaint of this awesome series (which, afterall, is intended for older readers and adults), but just a fair warning to parents.
"Earth calling Moon Rocket, come in Moon Rocket..."
What strikes me most about Explorers on the Moon is, having been written in the early fifties, how precise it is, and how accurate (until, of course, Herge has to wander off and throw in a few of those Martian "canals" that were all the rage in popular thinking at the time to supply some extra danger for our intrepid heroes). Great noises were made starting with The Black Island about Herge doing intensive research on the places he sent his crew in response to the charges of racism levelled at Tintin au Congo. You know as well as I do that Herge never set foot on the moon, but the intensive research was still there, and at a time when if you were doing that kind of research, you were more likely reading incomprehensible scientific articles than kids' books. Needless to say, all the research forms the grounds for the usual Tintin mix of adventure, intrigue, and danger, and adds into it the dream of many a kid who grew up in the fifties and sixties. ****
In "The Pain Nurse," he introduces a strong female protagonist -- Cheryl Beth Wilson, the pain nurse at Cincinnati Memorial Hospital -- and her patient "sidekick," Will Borders, who harbors painful secrets from his years as a homicide detective. Borders becomes obsessed with the murder of a doctor at the hospital, where he has just undergone spinal cord surgery.
Their relationship and pursuit of the killer are riveting and sometimes sweet. Even more exciting is the range and creativity that Talton demonstrates in his first novel that's not part of the excellent Mapstone series that established his mystery creds.
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nothing beats tintin. must have. I have the full collection now :-)Published 3 months ago by AIStud
Bought for a friend who is into nostalgia... it was a big hit for him!Published 12 months ago by Jennifer Gallagher
Most Loved TinTin book ever! Buy this for the story line and/or the stunning space visuals of the moonscape!Published 12 months ago by TimeTraveller