08 June, 2012

Captain Haddock

Captain Archibald Haddock is a fictional character in The Adventures of Tintin, the series of classic Belgian comic books written and illustrated by Hergé. He is Tintin's best friend, a multi-millionaire seafaring Merchant Marine Captain and, as every sea captain, a proud wearer of a prominent beard.

Haddock is a deuteragonist of the series. He was initially depicted as a weak and alcoholic character, but in later albums he became a more respectable and genuinely heroic socialite, although he continues to drink rum, and whisky—his most noble act being in the pivotal Tintin in Tibet, in which he stoically volunteers to sacrifice his life to save Tintin. 
Although when introduced Haddock has command of a freighter, in later volumes he is clearly retired. The Captain's coarse humanity and sarcasm act as a counterpoint to Tintin's often implausible heroism; he is always quick with a dry comment whenever the boy reporter gets too idealistic.
Captain Haddock remained without a first name until the last completed story, Tintin and the Picaros.

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