The Shooting Star

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First edition album (Belgium) published in 1942.

Things are heating up — the end of the world is nigh! Just when it looks like all hope is lost, an asteroid hurtling in the direction of earth flies by without the major collision everyone had feared. However, part of the asteroid plummets into the Arctic Ocean. An international scientific expedition is set up to search for this meteorite. Tintin and Snowy set off aboard the Aurora, with Captain Haddock at the helm. An international race is on to find the meteorite!

Much to our heroes’ chagrin, the rival expedition is backed by a sinister character who has no intention of losing the race. Who will be the first to reach the meteorite?

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The influence World War II had on Hergé’s imagination is clearly visible in this tale of international competition. In fact, it sparked heated debate when it was published. The extent to which The Shooting Star was dissected and examined by the Belgian readership during the rise of Nazism reflects the anxiety and rising tensions of the time.

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The Shooting Star


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