The Crab with the Golden Claws


This story was first published in French in 1941 and returns to the theme of an exotic adventure. Tintin sets off for North Africa. He thwarts a scheme thought-up by a gang of criminals who have hidden opium in tins of crab-meat. Thanks to this adventure, Tintin meets Haddock who will become his side-kick in the future.

Good to know

With Captain Haddock, we discover that he got a funny way of using languages. His words adds a bit of spice and sounds to the story. Among them, one is very strange "vegetarian"... For more information consult the dossier "Bachi-bouzouk" (In french)

A new companion

While chasing after the strange tins of crab-meat, Tintin meets his side-kick of the future: Captain Haddock. Haddock is not at his best, to say the least. He is both Allan's prisoner and totally alcoholic.

Before being cured, we shall have the pleasure of hearing the famous insults: pockmark, gibbering ghost, freshwater swabs and many more, blistering barnacles!

Tit for tat

Snowy takes his revenge!

The story that you are about to read, or re-read, starts with a scene similar to that of a silent movie. Snowy is scolded by his master for having explored a dustbin. A few moments later, Tintin does the same. Snowy returns the compliment! Good for you, Snowy!

Authenticity guaranteed

From Glengarry to Karaboudjan

Take a look ! it's the work of a professional. The similarity between the two cargoes is incredible. For Hergé, it is essential to have the right documentation to create each vignette in a large format. The scenery has to be exact but remaining in the Tintin style; "each detail has its importance while at the same time being integrated into the final drawing of the vignette" (Numa Sadoul, Tintin and I, Ed Casterman,p.64).

Le Glengarry de Glasgow

For more information consult the dossier "tooot": Ports and docks.

A touching moment

Mrs. Haddock

The Captain, who first appears in The Crab with the Golden Claws, finds himself in tatters: "a slave to his addiction!" (Numa Sadoul, Tintin and I, Ed Casterman, p.156). He finally bursts into tears whilst thinking of his mother ! This total lack of control does not often happen in the Tintin adventures. As we do not meet "mama", we can only imagine what she has been through. With a son like the Captain, she must have suffered.

The land of thirst

Something to drink please!

I am dying. After the plane crash, Tintin and Haddock cross the desert in search of water. Due to exhaustion and alcohol, Haddock starts to hallucinate. Fortunately, Snowy is there to protect Tintin.

Old Burgundy

Watch-out for the corkscrew

Overcome by thirst, heat and exhaustion, Tintin and Haddock collapse in the middle of the desert.

Tintin has a nightmare which is provoked by his fear of being mistaken once again for a bottle of champagne. It takes 3 vignettes by Hergé to arrive at a terrifying ending.

Ability to synthesize

A memorable vignette

Terrified when being shouted at insultingly by the Captain Haddock, the Arabs cease to fire and run away from his nasty fit. Hergé was quite happy about this drawing: "in a single frame, a series of movements, broken up and distributed among several characters.

It could have been the same individual, laying down first, then getting up slowly, hesitating and finally running away. It's like a short cut in space and time". (Numa Sadoul, Tintin and I, Ed Casterman, p.156)

Dans toute son oeuvre, Hergé aime deux dessins. Ce dessin des berabers sous le feu des insultes du capitaine est l'un des deux.

Vos contributions (9) Contribuer
K_KaneshiroThursday 14th June 2018 à 03:05
I read all ‘TinTin’ cartoon books in Thai version when I was child. Now, I am reading ‘TinTin’ in English version. I love it.
acdacd77Sunday 5th November 2017 à 00:06
Loved it! Absolutely superb!
Tintinfan123Thursday 10th August 2017 à 21:42
parsifal_22Thursday 1st December 2016 à 18:04
Excellent, always loved the full page artwork in this book.
lavodnasSunday 20th November 2016 à 01:23
my first book. I read at 1964, The seven cristal balls and after that day I wish to read all the tintin's book. But in Brazil at that time was'nt easy to access. Sometimes i found out 1 book at bookstore, or searching german magazines, like der spiegel which published some cartoons about Tintim.Ans I had a friend from Lisboon, which send me some editions from weekly tintin. I've learned about some new things in Tintim e was extremely useful during my life. Last Year I went to genebra e nyon just to see where Tintin and the captain make a pursuit to Caculus, Ans I stay veru happy wheNext month I'll go to Belgium.
Thans Herge and his friends

Sandoval Lage
Rio de Janeiro Brazil
marcus jSunday 2nd October 2016 à 22:03
Brilliant. Please hurry and realise the other books in English
shankarbalanTuesday 20th September 2016 à 04:03
As always. Tintin is the best.
And I love the drawings in this one particularly.
I wish they would speed up their releases of the titles.
Considering that all these were translated in English a long time ago I cant understand why they are re translating them and releasing them.
tintinlover1Monday 30th November 2015 à 18:47
I have the book too. this is one of my favorite Tintin Books
tinajoron1Monday 23rd November 2015 à 23:05
I have the book, and the movie. This is good show.
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