PARIS,, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 07th Nov, 2016 ) - A page of original comic strip drawings from one of the best Tintin adventures, "Explorers on the Moon", is expected to sell for up to $1 million when it goes under the hammer later this month. The page, entitled "We walk on the moon", has the boy reporter, his dog Snowy and blundering sidekick Captain Haddock making their first moon walk from their red and white rocket. With the 1954 book regarded as one of the artist Herge's very best, the Paris auction house Artcurial said it could make up to 900,000 Euros.
The late Belgium artist already holds the world record price for a comic strip. A double-page ink drawing that served as the inside cover of all the Tintin adventures published between 1937 and 1958, sold for $3.7 million to an American fan two years ago. "'Explorers on the Moon' has become mythic for many lovers and collectors of comic strips," said Eric Leroy, Artcurial's comics expert. "It is one of the most important from Herge's postwar period, on the same level as 'Tintin in Tibet' and 'The Castafiore Emerald'," he added.
"It is a key moment in the history of comic book art." The story completes the lunar adventure started in "Destination Moon" (1953) and features several hilarious episodes including Haddock getting drunk on whisky and floating off into space to briefly become a satellite of the asteroid Adonis. It turns on Tintin foiling a plot by a mysterious foreign power to hijack the rocket by the evil stowaway spy Colonel Jorgen. - 'Tintinmania' -