12 Feb, 2014
When I was a kid I was never into the superhero comics. When my friends enjoyed Superman, Batman or The Phantom I devoured the great Franco-Belgian comics, Asterix, Spirou, Gaston, The Smurfs, Lucky Luke, and yes, Tintin. Tintin was always the favourite (well, at least the later stories that dropped the racism and colonialist stuff).
Of the albums Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon stand out as being particularly well researched and well-written. It's pretty cool to consider that it was written in 1950, nineteen years before the moon landing. I'm not sure how many times I've re-read these books but it must be close to a three digit number.
I've redrawn the rocket blueprint from page 35 of Destination Moon. Initially I wanted to create a design for a t-shirt, but I also created a version for use as a wallpaper:
(Ironically, the design of the rocket is actually one of the things that Hergé was pretty much off the mark on.)
The SVG (linked from the background page) contains a hidden bonus in the form of the Swedish translation, Månen tur och retur. This is the version I choose for the t-shirt: