Never be afraid to get dirty, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of contamination.

The Adventures of Tintin: Explorers on the Moon

EXTRACT FROM THE LOG BOOK BY K

7th June – 2345 hrs. (P.S.T.)

Which Thompson do we see in the tank? It’s on page 38. There! See? Is it Thompson 2/1 or Thompson 1/2? The other one must be inside. I can’t tell them apart.

8th June – 2155 hrs. (P.S.T.)

Look at the “24” by Tintin’s head on page 41. Notice how its position adjusts across the panels. Tintin is clearly shaking and moving forward across the panels. The attention to detail is impressive.

Let’s not forget Captain Haddock’s quips:

“Here, give me the scissors. I’ll shear these merino lambs myself!” (13)
“Where’s the prize nincompoop who pulled this half-witted stunt?” (42)
“Why, do you know this pithecanthropus?” (47)
“You… you two… ect-ectoplasms!” (56)

He’s not the only one. Consider…

page 19:

Thompson 1/2: Did you or did you not just say that they need two Punch-and-Judy men on the pier, and we’d do perfectly for the job? … Isn’t that insulting us?
Thompson 2/1: Quite right! … This man has apologized to us, and we demand an insult!

page 31:

Professor Calculus: Footsteps? But great sunspots, they’re obviously footsteps made by one of us.
Thompson 1/2: They can’t be made by ONE of us: there are TWO sets of footsteps!
Thompson 2/1: Quite right!
Professor Calculus: Then they’re footsteps made by two of us, nitwit!

page 47:

Jorgen: Do what you like with me. But please be kind enough to stop spluttering in my face — it’s wet!

8th June – 2300 hrs. (P.S.T.)

It was an adventure and just a pleasure reading this book.

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2 responses

  1. anony

    Thomson and Thompson

    October 9, 2008 at 1:01 am

  2. anony

    only an interplanetary goat wouldn’t know the difference!

    October 9, 2008 at 1:03 am

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