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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #49, Captain Haddock
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, Captain Haddock

Tintin�s most enduring sidekick turned up in the ninth of the young reporter�s adventures, and became more and more prominent thereafter � eventually becoming practically the main character. The full-bearded alcoholic, rageaholic, commitment-phobic British sea captain lucked into a fortune (Red Rackham�s Treasure) and wound up drinking himself insensible in Marlinspike Hall, occasionally giving vent to amazingly picturesque salty language (often through a megaphone) when assailed by bashi-bazouks, troglodytes, prize purple jellyfish, Incan mummies and Signorina Bianca Castafiore, �the Milanese nightingale�. Pursuit of whisky is his defining motive � he even got drunk on a trip to the moon! One of the most human and perversely admirable characters in fiction.

FIRST APPEARED IN THE CRAB WITH THE GOLDEN CLAWS (1941)
CREATED BY HERG� (GEORGES REMI)

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Captain�s hat, bushy beard, tumbler of whisky and a roll-neck pullover. Catchphrase: �billions of blistering blue blistering barnacles!� ("Mille millions de mille milliards de mille sabor").
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Georges Wilson and Jean Blouise played him in 1960s French films (Tintin and the Golden Fleece, Tintin and the Blue Oranges), Paul Frees dubbed the voice in internationally-seen cartoons (providing definitive live readings of the �blistering barnacles� business), and Andy Serkis is attached to the forthcoming Tintin film franchise.
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The Captain�s name was suggested by Herg�s wife, who explained that a haddock was �a sad English fish�.
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