It took Herge a while to end this story, because he started it in german-occupied Belgium for the collaborationist Le Soir. This led to a trial after the Liberation along with other belgian comic-workers, where he nearly ended up with an occupational ban (and you can bet that the communist Restistance-fighters would have loved to get him shot for Tintin in the Land of Soviets…).
There is a scene, where you can see the interieur of one of the scientist’s houses. Herge and Edgar P. Jacobs did research on that in an actually “abandonded” house. After they had finished doing sketches, they realized, the “abondoned” place was held by the SS and the place was surrounded by German troops…
In the end this Tintin story is the first part of Tintin’s adventure in South America, which Spielberg turned into Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark
Not bad: from a comicstrip started in a Nazi-collaborating, antisemitist newspaper to the german-(and snakes-)hating, Nazi-bashing Indy-movie, done by a team of jewish directors, actors and producers… I think Spielberg did a good job on keeping up the Tintin adventurer spirit and setting things straight, who the bad guys are (e.g., Herges employers…) and crossing out the catholic oppressed sexuality thing!
Let’s see what Peter Jackson is doing with the upcoming Tintin Movie projects…
original cover of TINTIN album no.13
Les Sept boules de cristal