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)