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Cigars of the Pharaoh: “Destination Moon” book anachronism?

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#1 · Posted: 22 Jul 2004 22:45
In Cigars of the Pharaoh (page 15), Tintin is brought to a sheik who wants revenge against Tintin for selling one of his servants soap which he misunderstood to be cake. So there he is about to take out his revenge when he realises the man is Tintin and tells him he has fallen in love with his books about his exploits. He shows him the cover of Destination Moon. As far as I believe, Destination Moon was written long after Cigars. Does this only show up in later editions such as the one I have? If this is the case what does the sheik show Tintin in the original editions?
#2 · Posted: 23 Jul 2004 00:05
Welcome to our community, Louis.
Check out item 6, trivia section of our Cigars of the Pharaoh album guide.
#3 · Posted: 2 Jan 2006 00:10
As a relatively casual (and certainly non-expert) reader of Tintin, I hope these questions aren't too naive - reading Cigars with my son this evening, I was wondering when the cover of Destination Moon was inserted into the last frame of page 15, the Tintin album brought into the Sheik's tent by a servant. Presumably this was for the 1955 edition. What cover (if any) was the servant holding before? Was this an isolated amendment or were there extensive changes in the 1955 edition? And were any such changes carried out by Herge himself?
#4 · Posted: 2 Jan 2006 08:31
When the album was redrawn Destination Moon was the latest book, it was originally Tintin in the Congo. It was for the 1955 edition

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#5 · Posted: 3 Jan 2006 07:21
In the b/w album he holds up the adventure of Tintin in America, which in the first color version was changed to Congo. I must say the sheik was lucky to have three albums out in the desert, and to read the moon adventure before it happened, what bliss ;-)

But he should have contacted the group when the time come to tell them that the rocket would be hijacked by someone. But I guess he forgot ;-)
#6 · Posted: 27 Dec 2007 09:33
I have not read Cigars, so can anyone tell me, what tintin's reaction was when he sees a comic book of himself.

I bet such an episode was never shown in the Nelvana-Ellipse productions.
cigars of the beeper
#7 · Posted: 27 Dec 2007 21:14

You are correct. No such thing happens in the animated episode.
Briony Coote
#8 · Posted: 1 Jan 2009 07:35
In earlier editions the book was Tintin in America, and then Tintin in the Congo. In the third version it became Destination Moon.
#9 · Posted: 1 Jan 2009 21:46
According to an explanation I've read (sorry, my books are packed away, so I cannot give an exact reference) the change was made with an eye to the international sales. "Destination Moon" is one of the most popular, most translated album, while "America" and "Congo" are among the least translated. By putting in "Destination Moon", Hergé was almost positive a foreign fan would find that album in his/her native language.
#10 · Posted: 11 Jun 2013 20:06
I am proud to announce that I have read each Tintin more than 100 times, over and over, and will continue to do despite anomalies in the story line.

Apart from the travails of the map on the first page and Snowy referring to Marlinspike (should it not be confused with the Hall but just the Marlinspike locality), I couldn't digest Tintin in the well-lit tomb of the Pharaoh which ought to have had been pitch black.

Then there's the Sheikh of whom Tintin sings praises, which are found wanting and recognition in later volumes, not to mention the adventure - Destination Moon which the Sheikh prefers, even before it was published.

Then I wondered why the villians who had ample opportunity of murdering Tintin merely kept him on hooks to escape. Then there is the mystery why the soap eating Arab attacked Tintin (to be presented to the Sheikh) when it was Olivera who had sold him the goods.

Also, after several rundowns, where did Tintin have the money to buy the goods from Olivera?

Moderator Note: Welcome to the forums! Your close reading of the books is to be commended! The history of the voyage which Tintin is on has been discussed here, and Snowy's comment is explained here.
The history of Tintin's meeting with the sheik, and the appearance of Destinaton Moon in his tent is talked about in this thread, to which your message has been moved.
As to why the tomb was so well lit, Tintin wasn't killed, and where he got his money - well, they are best desscribed as "artistic license": if the tomb was dark, we wouldn't see anything, if Tintin was kiled we would have a very short book, and if he'd worried about whether or not Tintin had money on him, Hergé wouldn't have been able to make the gag work...

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