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The Crab With the Golden Claws (Tintin #9)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  6,754 ratings  ·  100 reviews
The Crab with the Golden Claws is best known for introducing Tintin's best friend and one of the series' most memorable characters: Captain "Blistering Barnacles" Haddock. As Tintin is investigating a mysterious can of crab and a drowned sailor, he meets Haddock, a "miserable wretch" who's being kept in ample alcohol so his insidious first mate, Allan, can run a drug opera ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published June 30th 1974 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 1941)
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I think Tintin was the coolest person to ever exist.
Maria Carmo
So, finally in this adventure, Tin-tin meets for the first time Le Capitaine Haddock!!!!! And what a state he is in, during this first adventure together! As Captain of a cargo ship, he has been tricked by his immediate to drink too much and stay away from managing what is going on in his ship - while the Lieutenant is trafficking Opium! Of course Tin-tin and Milu come to the rescue...
Funny and adventurous, as all of Hergé's books.

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon 9 January 2015.
Michael Gerald Dealino
This is one of the books on which the latest Tintin film is based. Again, Tintin is up against the problem of drug trafficking. This book is also memorable for it is where Captain Haddock makes his first appearance, as the ship captain with an alcohol addiction who is saved and eventually helped reformed by Tintin.
The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead ...more
David Sarkies
Jun 11, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pretty much anybody
Recommended to David by: Primary School Library
Shelves: adventure
Captain Haddock makes his first appearance
6 February 2012

Okay, not only is this one of my favourite albums, it is also the album in which we have one of the major characters, Captain Haddock, first appears. At this stage we now have the two police officers (the Thompson twins), the opera singer (Bianca Castafiore), some reoccurring villains (Rastapopolous and Mr Alan Mate), and now Tintin's travelling companion, the drunk ship captain Captain Haddock.
It is funny that some have noted that none
My review, as posted in Tintin Books

Unfortunately, due to the circumstances of Nazi-occupied Belgium, constraints forced "The Crab with the Golden Claws" to fall back a bit, after the heights reached by King Ottokar’s Sceptre. (As someone who stayed in Belgium after the start of World War II (at the call of the Belgian King Leopold's call for people to return), Herge was setting himself up for controversy. He never sympathised with Nazis, but "Le Soir" itself was staffed by collaborators and it
Hurray for Haddock!!

The Captain finally makes his drunken appearance in a liver-bursting whirlwind of whisky-quaffing, profanity, loutishness, maudlin self-pity and violent assault! The perfect foil for Tintin's often beige-bland earnestness.

While certainly played for laughs, Captain Haddock's alcoholism is also clearly shown as being a bad thing - he frequently endangers Tintin's life and several times almost scuppers the investigation - and so we can take a moral lesson from that.

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Herzlich willkommen, Capitaine!

In diesem Band passiert etwas, was Auswirkungen auf alle nachfolgenden Tintin-Geschichten hat: Kapitän Haddock betritt die Bühne! Eine wertvolle Ergänzung für die Tintin-Comics. Milou tritt immer mehr in den Hintergrund als Ansprechpartner für Tintin und wird mehr zum echten Hund (auch wenn er noch ab und an denkt), und die Dialoge entstehen mehr zwischen Haddock und Tintin.

Auch hier, wie in den meisten Tintin-Bänden, wird spaßige, intelligente und spannende Unterh
C'est une des moins intéressantes aventures de Tintin. Je l'ai trouvée un peu ennuyante et l'histoire d'opium caché est redondante car on l'a déjà vue dans deux autres aventures. J'ai bien aimé par exemple l'apparition pour la première fois du Capitaine Haddock qui n'est dans cette BD qu'un ivrogne. C'est le début d'une grande amitié entre lui et Tintin. Le gros problème est que l'histoire est un peu trop vide à mon goût.
Rami Samaha
In this book It has suspense about like what is innards happen next what are we gonna do and they even be in a desert where other people help them and give them camels to travel and the weird thing about this book is the tins of the crab because some f them have normal crab but some don't
There are some great cinematic scenes in this adventure, in particular the ocean/sea-plane attack and the Sahara sequences (familiar from Spielberg's film) but really this boils down to Tintin and another drug smuggling story with shady foreigners as the baddies. I'm not sure whether it's just this edition or widespread but the colouring work was pretty variable throughout too. Clothes changing colour panel to panel? Poor.

Still, Cpt Haddock is introduced in all his boozy, sweary glory (and what
Leila Anani
This is the 9th Tintin adventure and introduces Captain Haddock. Our intrepid reporter and his faithful dog snowy travel to Morocco as they chase a gang of opium smugglers hiding their wares in tins of crab meat.

This is not the best story but important because we first meet the unforgettable Captain. I love his random insults, its as if he's swallowed a dictionary and just spouts off random long words with no notion of their meaning.

The Thom(p)son Twins also feature, bumbling about being general
This volume introduces the hard-drinking Captain Haddock, who in this story is on a merchant ship with a mate that happens to be an opium smuggler. We see the usual Haddock behavior: drunkenness, a fiery temper, and such tomfoolery like kindling a fire on a longboat. We also see him evolve into a more likeable character.

The plot, while full of action, is not as intriguing or suspenseful as other Tintin books, mainly revolving around Tintin’s clashes with a vast network of opium smugglers stretch
When Tintin's dog, Snowy, goes scavenging in trash and gets his muzzle stuck in a can of crab meat, that leads Tintin on an adventure. This adventure starts off badly when Tintin is knocked unconscious aboard a mysterious ship and taken out to sea where bad guys intend to sink him to the bottom of the ocean. Of course, Tintin leads a good and lucky life, which takes a turn for the better when he comes across the ship's drunken' captain, Captain Haddock.

This book connects to almost all old mys
Sep 23, 2011 Diederik rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Diederik by: Jan Bijkerk
Shelves: literatuur
Dit was de eerste Kuifje die ik heb gelezen. Dat herinner ik mij nog als de dag van gisteren. Mijn ouders waren ook liefhebber van Kuifje, maar niet zo'n fanatiek Herge-fan als ik. (Jo Suus en Jokko en De Guitenstreken van Quick en Flupke). De rest volgde gestaag; tot en met de laatste Kuifje in 1986. De onvoltooide "Kuifje en de Alfa-kunst"
Tintin in TibetPrisoners of the SunCigars of the PharaohExplorers on the MoonDestination MoonThe Seven Crystal BallsRed Rackham's TreasureThe Secret of the U
Nicholas Whyte

The Crab With The Golden Claws is a farily straightforward tale of Tintin, not especially helped by the detectives Thomson and Thompson, investigating a mysterious death which turns to be linked to drug smuggling from Morocco. While the effects of the smuggled opium are not really described - it is assumed that the reader's parents will explain why it is a Bad Thing - there is much material about the effects of alcohol, incarnated in the new character of C
This volume of Tintin introduces Captain Haddock, which is one of the funniest characters in the series. The art is crisp and clean, and it does a good job of transporting you to an exotic location. My only complaint would be that it would have been nice to see some positive depictions of Arab characters. The Arab characters are either villains or background characters. If Tintin had interacted with a wider variety of local characters, it would have added to the realism of the adventure.
Nadia Fadhillah
Aku nonton film dokumenter tentang Tintin di Al Jazeera apa ya, atau tivi kabel lainnya. Dan itu dokumenter itu ceritain tentang episode ini. Tentang kapal milik Kapten Haddock, yang sampai sekarang ada benerannya di Bruxelles.

Keren lah.
Aku baca buku ini cuma edisi bahasa indonesianya aja.
Andrian Liu
Mainly, this conic book is about Tintin meeting his detective friends and the finding a drowned corpse and in a drowned corpse and in his pockets he had a ripped label of a tin that Tintin just threw away and they found out that the man was a crew of a ship called Karaboudjan Tintin went to the ship to investigate and got kidnapped he found out that those peoples were drug runners when Tintin tried to escape he became friends with the captain of the ship they both escaped then went to bahgar the ...more
Although not one of the best Tintin adventures, The Crab with the Golden Claws is at least notable for being the first to feature Captain Haddock. Haddock's fondness for whisky is his most immediately apparent characteristic and one that would be consistent throughout later adventures.

Written and first published in 1940-41 in occupied Belgium, Hergé having been forced to temporarily abandon his serialisation of Land of Black Gold. Moving from the now defunct Petit Vingtième to the funny pages of
Alex Wilson
Well this book is mainly about crabs investiagting, people investigating crabs. There was this guy invesitgating a crab with a golden claw and it was a special claw that he stole. Tintin and sailors managed to scare away robbers while they were drunk and it was kinda funny and the captain wouldn"'t have done that before.
Man, Tintin ferrets out those drug runners like nobody's business. Another classic; plus the introduction of Captain Haddock. His drunken antics in this story are funny and terrifying. Excellent book
Damián Vives
Un relato que definitivamente no se ubica entre los más destacados de la producción de Hergé, pero que tiene la bondad de presentar por primera vez al memorable capitán Haddock.
A brilliant adventure and a wonderful tale. Excellent addition of Captain Haddock. Favorite scene when he says REVENGE and takes on the Berbers alone.
Snowy gets a big bone :-) I want a snowy!
Moa Bernhardsson
CAPTAIN HADDOCK. Need I say more?
Jethin Thomas
The introduction of the Cap'tn
This is an early Tintin, in which Tintin breaks up an opium smuggling ring and meets Captain Haddock, who just about ruins the book with his stupidity. Granted, the target audience of this book should enjoy slapstick, but even as a six-year-old I would not have had the patience to see him getting drunk and burning the oars of the lifeboat because he's cold, getting drunk and crashing the plane, etc. That said, the premise of the story is pretty entertaining and there are some really gorgeous ful ...more
I like this book because it mainly takes place in other country's or cities like chicago, Tokyo Japan and etc...... What I learned from this book is that travleing around the world can be exiteing because you never know what you will expect. If I was Tintin then I will carry a gun on me at all times so i don't end up in the hospital like Tintin always does.

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Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist.
His best known and most substantial work is The Adventures of Tintin comic book series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his death in 1983, leaving the twenty-fourth Tintin adventure Tintin and Alph-Art unfinished. His work remains a strong influence on comics
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