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Explorers on the Moon (The Adventures of Tintin) Paperback – September 30, 1976

4.5 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
Book 17 of 25 in the Tintin Series

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Concluding the journey that began in Destination Moon, Tintin, Captain Haddock, and Professor Calculus are on their way to the moon, but unforeseen circumstances--innocent and otherwise--threaten the best-laid plans. Ever since it was first published in 1953, this technologically fascinating tale has probably been many kids' first glimpse of the mechanics involved in space travel, but the plot is as riveting as anything Herge ever wrote. --David Horiuchi

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It was bound to happen. Having journeyed everywhere from America to the Congo to Tibet, Tintin blasts into outer space. Together with his faithful pooch, Snowy, the spunky boy reporter has joined an expedition "based at the Sprodj Atomic Center, high in the Zmyhlpathian Mountains, in the kingdom of Syldavia." Following a perfect lift-off, the myriad misadventures begin, as the ubiquitous "certified detectives," Thomson and Thompson, are discovered on board--inadvertent stowaways who threaten to monopolize the ship's precious oxygen supply. All's well that lands well, however, as Tintin and his colleagues return safely. Except for two diverting spreads, the fairly pedestrian paper engineering adds little zip; the palette, too, seems somewhat attenuated for a tale of astronomical derring-do. Though the narrative is overlong for the pop-up book set, this disparity will probably not deter the intrepid voyager's many fans. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: The Adventures of Tintin: Original Classic
  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; The Adventures of Tintin edition (September 30, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316358460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316358460
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was shocked to find that the dialogue in the story, handwritten in the original English versions, has all been replaced with a digital font. This completely changes the character of the story. Basically, 62 pages of calligraphy have been replaced with a typeset font. The font size is irregular, which is distracting, and there is a lot of empty white space in the dialogue bubbles.

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.
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Update.
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.
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This science fictional comic , written in 1954 , 14 years before the first actual moon landing , fails to disappoint , after the precedent set by its prequel , 'Destination Moon'.
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.
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I'm not planning on writing a review for every Tintin book I read, but I'll make an exception for this one.

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..."
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Format: Paperback
Herge, Explorers on the Moon (Methuen, 1954)

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. ****
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I really enjoyed this book. It was well written, and the plot was excellent, a couple of twists and turns I didn't see coming. A lot of really well researched detail, and best of all, everything in the book was believable, plausible, and realistic! Recommend without any reservations. I am looking forward to the next novel in the series.
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Format: Hardcover
With each mystery he writes, Jon Talton moves closer to becoming a cross-over phenomenon with non-mystery readers who appreciate crisp, intelligent writing.

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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