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Hergé’s “They Explored the Moon”

midnightblueowl
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#1 · Posted: 15 Feb 2006 15:31
Hi
I saw this in Tintin, the pocket essentials:
"In 1969, the magazine Paris-Match (a French Life) - which Hergé later lampooned as Paris-Flash in The Castafiore Emerald - asked Hergé to draw a realistic 4-page sequence depicting the actual Apollo XII Moon journey and landing."

I know the website it's on but is it breaking rules to link to it as it was made by Herge, but is not an official Moulinsart produced book? Any moderators please advise.
jock123
Moderator
#2 · Posted: 15 Feb 2006 15:41 · Edited by: jock123
midnightblueowl
I know the website it's on but is it breaking rules to link to it as it was made by Herge, but is not an official Moulinsart produced book? Any moderators please advise.

I think you have become a little confused somewhere over the status of what is copyright, and what isn't. All Hergé's work is, for want of a better way of putting it, "owned" by Moulinsart, a company which holds the rights to all work created by Hergé - it's a little more complicated than that, especially in this case, as Paris-Match may also have some rights in the matter, but that more or less expresses the situation.

As a result, if and only if the web-site on which the Apollo story has had the permission of Moulinsart, would it be permissable to make any sort of link. I would think that it is best to err on the side of caution, and not make any link.

There are several threads dealing with the Moulinsart/ Fondation/ Hergé rights issues, and it might be worth a search of the forums to see how the whole thing hangs together.

Paris-Match (a French Life) - which Hergé later lampooned as Paris-Flash in The Castafiore Emerald
I think this says it all about the standard of research to be found in the Pocket Essentials book! The Castafiore Emerald pre-dates the Paris-Match feature, so there is no "later" about it!
midnightblueowl
Member
#3 · Posted: 15 Feb 2006 22:21 · Edited by: midnightblueowl
Well, it's about the 'Apollo 12' moon landings and is drawn in a pop art style, our first real inclination that Herge could do differnant art forms. On the cover it shows a astronaut being greeted by the Tintin crew in space suits on the moon. Inside it has nothing to do with Tintin.
jock123
Moderator
#4 · Posted: 15 Feb 2006 22:44
midnightblueowl
Well, it's about the 'Apollo 12' moon landings and is drawn in a pop art style, our first real inclination that Herge could do differnant art forms.

Hergé was actually a very versatile artist, and didn’t just work in the ligne claire style; as you say, the Apollo story isn’t the same as Tintin books, but neither was Popol, which pre-dates it.

If you want to see the many and varied styles Hergé used over the years (and he had far more styles than you might think), you should look for some the books which have show-cased his early work, such as the Chronologie.
Harrock n roll
Moderator
#5 · Posted: 16 Feb 2006 01:18 · Edited by: Harrock n roll
The book, which is called Ils ont marché sur la Lune, was produced for a 1985 exhibition. I saw it in Paris and bought a copy. It has a cover which Hergé drew to celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landings. It originally had a speech bubble with Tintin saying (in French) “Welcome to the Moon, Mr Armstrong!” The image was used as a poster for the exhibition as well but without the speech bubble.

The content is mainly pictures and makes a comparison between the real moon landings and the fictional one from the Tintin adventure. There's an interesting account of the French astronaut Patrick Baudry who paid hommage to Tintin, Snowy, Haddock and Calculus in space. And there's a photo of Baudry holding an image of the cover whilst onboard Discovery in 1985.

It also has the four page story which Hergé drew for Paris Match. Personally I don't think the style of the art is that much different to Hergé's 'clear line' style. Perhaps it's a little more 'realistic' in places (one of the astronaut's faces for example), otherwise it looks the same as Tintin to me.

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