“Explorers on the Moon” is the seventeenth volume in the classic comic book series “The Adventures of Tintin” created by Belgian cartoonist Hergé (Georges Remi). It was originally serialized as a weekly comic strip in the Belgian newspaper “Tintin” from October 1952 to December 1953 and was later published as a complete album in 1954.
In “Explorers on the Moon,” the story continues from the previous volume, “Destination Moon.” Tintin, his faithful dog Snowy, Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, and a team of scientists and astronauts embark on a lunar expedition. Their goal is to reach the Moon using the Syldavian rocket, the “X-FLR6,” which was developed by Professor Calculus.
The crew faces numerous challenges and dangers during their journey to the Moon, including weightlessness, meteor showers, and technical malfunctions. Additionally, the presence of a traitor among the crew further complicates their mission. Despite these obstacles, they successfully land on the Moon and begin exploring its surface.
On the Moon, the team faces new adventures, such as encountering strange lunar creatures, experiencing the lower gravity’s effects on their movements, and dealing with the limited oxygen supply. They also uncover a plot by their traitorous crew member, whose intentions threaten the success of the mission.
The story features Hergé’s characteristic blend of adventure, humor, and suspense. The detailed artwork showcases Hergé’s meticulous attention to research and accuracy, making the lunar expedition feel realistic and plausible for its time.
“Explorers on the Moon” is one of the most popular volumes in the Tintin series, offering a thrilling and imaginative space adventure that captivates readers of all ages.