Tintin and Captain Haddock
There comes a time in every man’s life when he must choose which path to take. That time came for Captain Archibald Haddock of the Merchant Marines when he met a tenacious young reporter named Tintin. On his first appearance in The Crab with the Golden Claws, Haddock’s first mate Allan uses his vessel to smuggle drugs. From the get go, Hergé’s Captain was rife with vulnerability – possessing a unique blend of hard-headedness and naivety.
With Tintin firmly by his side, Haddock sets sail for a life less ordinary, though his penchant for whisky and seafaring expletives remained (“blistering barnacles”, indeed). The muted nature of his seafaring swearing is perhaps a nod to Tintin’s Boy Scouting ways. But the teen reporter remains capable of seeing beyond the rough exterior of his hard-headed ally, opposite though they may be.
Haddock counterbalances Tintin the idealist, offering himself as a source of dry wit and humour. As the stories progress, he transforms into an increasingly mature, protective figurehead, one who was willing to lay his life on the line.
Haddock is one of few characters whose family is referenced. His ancestral home, Marlinspike Hall, is returned with the help of Professor Calculus in Red Rackham’s Treasure, enabling him to offer Tintin a permanent home.
How Tintin views Captain Haddock has long been a subject of debate – whether he serves as a father figure or older brother – but on one many fans do agree, that in spite of his flaws, Tintin holds him in the highest regard.
The HOCA Foundation, in collaboration with The Hergé Museum, presents THE WORLD OF TINTIN
Wednesday – Sunday, 17 November – 10 December at the new ArtisTree. Due to popular demand, the exhibition will be open daily from 11 – 26 December.
See the Tintin programme page
for more details.
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