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Mull Pascha
#11 · Posted: 4 Feb 2005 16:34
and a café

Can't argue with that. :D
#12 · Posted: 6 Feb 2005 14:13
I was told that Wolff was saved by aliens as he jumped out of the rocket.
These are the same aliens that paid a visit to the earth in Flight 714 to Sydney.
They said Hergé made a mistake featuring a Russian scientist, the man with the wee antenna, meeting Tintin in the volcano: it should have been Wolff himself.

It would have been in the tradition of Hergé; for instance, Rastapopoulos disappeared and came back too.
#13 · Posted: 6 Feb 2005 15:39
Definitely agree with the alien theory here, Wolff didn't die after all

Briony Coote
#14 · Posted: 9 Jan 2009 03:32 · Edited by: Briony Coote
As I see it, the only way Wolff could have survived would be if Mik Kanrokitov and his spaceship were nearby and picked him up in the crucial seconds before he died.

Actually, you don't suppose Mik Kanrokitov and his spaceship were quietly watching our heroes' trip to the moon from a distance, do you? Hmm, I'm going to start a whole new thread on this possibility.
#15 · Posted: 2 Mar 2009 00:00
The Doctor could have saved him, I suppose. Poor old Wolff.
#16 · Posted: 22 Mar 2009 08:50
"Wolff is dead and he knows it."

Haha! :P

Hmm...I think I agree with gnolles. That would have been an excellent scene. After Flight 714, who are we to presume that we know anything about the goings-on of the Tintin universe?
#17 · Posted: 14 Apr 2010 00:52 · Edited by: Moderator
There's a very small chance of Wolff surviving.
I mean, he could survive on the asteroid for like two or three days, but he would die of thirst and starvation.
#18 · Posted: 16 Apr 2010 06:44 · Edited by: Moderator
Wolff appearing in Flight 714 would have been a good twist.
You could have all the characters appearing again and again. Al Capone was in the same amount of books as Colonel Jorgan.
Harrock n roll
#19 · Posted: 16 Apr 2010 10:22 · Edited by: Moderator
he could survive on the asteroid for like two or three days

But then he would have had to take enough oxygen to last that long, which would have defeated the whole purpose of his sacrifice. I think Hergé originally intended us to think that Wolff jumped into space without a spacesuit. It's only the line "perhaps by some miracle I shall escape too" that leads us to think otherwise.

Al Capone was in the same amount of books as Colonel Jorgan.

Al Capone only featured in Tintin in America, but Colonel Jorgen/Boris was actually in three books; Ottokar's Sceptre, Destination Moon (very briefly) and Explorers on the Moon.
#20 · Posted: 3 Aug 2012 11:23 · Edited by: jock123
A slightly old thread, but this topic just came around again on Twitter, where a strong case was put for the suicide note to be re-instated in its original form, as better reflecting Hergé’s intention.

I can’t say I agree, as I still hold to the position I made back at the start of this discussion here; however, there may be some justification.

I realize now (having been gently disabused of the notion) that the change was made for the book edition, and not at the intial publication in the Journal, where it appeared as first written; I’d assumed that the version of the note which Hergé first wrote had been altered by intervention by the magazine editorial staff.

It now appears that the change was at the behest of Casterman, ostensibly for the social and religious reasons which have already been given here.

However, it would be interesting to know now if Casterman acted independently, or if it was motivated by any substantive issues around that strip: had complaints been recieved, or objections made when the issue with the letter appeared? Did any groups or organizations (the Church, a chain of book-sellers, etc.) suggest that they would be unwilling or unable to carry the title as it originally came out?

Might the request have been as much a practical solution to avoid a possible publishing problem, as an attempt to minimise a moral dilemma?

It would be good to know!

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