In 1985 ‘Le Théâtre de l’Esprit Frappeur‘ produced the comedy-musical “Marilyn et Staline vont en avion”. The piece was written by Thierry van Eyll and François Rauber and directed by Albert-André Lheureux with music by François Rauber. It played at the Brussels -based Botanique venue and had a 20-page booklet with a drawing by Bob De Moor loosely based on “The Shooting Star” as far as the plane is concerned on the frontpage (with Stalin in the cockpit and Marilyn Monroe on the right wing – a pose based on “Cigars of the Pharaoh”, page 16).
But that wasn’t the only reference to Tintin. Inside the booklet there was also a cartoon which Bob De Moor made featuring (a rather sexy) Marilyn Monroe and Stalin flying away on a paper plane. The plane was constructed out of 2 pages taken from the “The Calculus Affair” (page 46 & 47). Yes, you need to know your classics to find this one at first glance like we did :).
In the credits on the back of the booklet we find Alain Baran, Bob De Moor, les Studios Hergé and Guy Dessicy (Publi-Art). If anyone has the original of this booklet, please get in touch with us.
Later this week we will post part 2.