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Blistering Barnacles: An A-Z of The Rants, Rambles and Rages of Captain Haddock (Hardback)
  • Blistering Barnacles: An A-Z of The Rants, Rambles and Rages of Captain Haddock (Hardback)

Blistering Barnacles: An A-Z of The Rants, Rambles and Rages of Captain Haddock (Hardback)

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Hardback 96 Pages
Published: 11/11/2021
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A sparklingly funny celebration of Hergé’s most beloved character via his legendary exclamations!

Captain Haddock made his first appearance alongside Tintin in 1941, and in the course of the 80 years that followed, has gone on to become one of Hergé best loved characters.

Clumsy, accident-prone, frequently intoxicated and almost always enraged, the Captain is perhaps best known for his colourful exclamations. ‘Blistering barnacles’ and ‘thundering typhoons’ have passed effortlessly from the pages of Hergés comics into the public consciousness.

This brand-new book explores in joyful detail the Captain’s legendary tirades – and is the perfect way to discover, or rediscover, this extraordinary character and his unforgettable adventures.

The Adventures of Tintin continue to charm since they first found their way into publication, and more than 230 million copies have been sold, proving that comic books have the same power to entertain children and adults in the 21st century as they did in the early 20th.

Hergé (Georges Remi) was born in Brussels in 1907. Over the course of 54 years he completed over 20 titles in The Adventures of Tintin series, which is now considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comics series of all time.

Have you collected all the graphic novel adventures?

Tintin in the Land of the Soviets
Tintin in America
Tintin: Cigars of the Pharaoh
Tintin: The Blue Lotus
Tintin: The Broken Ear
Tintin: The Black Island
Tintin: King Ottakar’s Sceptre
Tintin: The Crab with the Golden Claws
Tintin: The Shooting Star
Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Tintin: Red Rackham’s Treasure
Tintin: The Seven Crystal Balls
Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun
Tintin: Land of Black Gold
Tintin: Destination Moon
Tintin: Explorers of the Moon
Tintin: The Calculus Affair
Tintin: The Red Sea Sharks
Tintin in Tibet
Tintin: The Castafiore Emerald
Tintin: Flight 714 to Sydney
The Adventures of Tintin and the Picaros
Tintin and Alph-Art

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008497354
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 148 x 231 x 12 mm


Tintin shows young readers that the world in all its complexity is theirs to bestride. (The Wall Street Journal)

I became enthralled with the way Hergé told his stories. Grand, epic, global adventures about a young reporter who goes all around the world looking for stories to tell. (Steven Spielberg, 'The Adventures of Spielberg: An Interview', The New York Times, 2011)

Top 100 Children’s Book – Time Out (2022)

Terrific world-straddling adventures. (Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Ten Essential Children’s Books, Books for Keeps, 2020)

The Red Sea Sharks was named one of Young Bond author Charlie Higson’s favourite books in The Daily Express: “Tintin was a huge inspiration being a young person in an adult world.” (2015)

Explorers of the Moon was named one of comedian Milton Jones’ favourite books in The Daily Express (2018)

Explorers of the Moon was named one of screenwriter and best-selling crime novelist Peter May’s favourite books in The Daily Express: “A childhood favourite…it encouraged me to create my own cartoon series.” (2016)

The Calculus Affair was named one of author and foreign correspondent Christian Jennings’ favourite books in The Week (2017)

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