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Which character that is in one book would you like to see more?

Tintin and Snowy
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#1 · Posted: 23 Feb 2006 02:17
What was an interesting character (you think) that made an appearance in only one book that you would like to see reappear in another Tintin book? I would probably have to say Doctor Sarcophagus in "Cigars Of The Pharaoh". He was a very odd fellow who was a little degranged even before he was poisoned by Rajaijah juice. It would have been interesting to see him again and watch how he confuses everyone. He could have showed up in "The Seven Crystal Balls" or "Prisoners of the Sun" as a professor studying Incas. He could have quit his job after he was rid of the poison and a little cautious about rooting through Pharaohs tombs so he decides to go rooting through Inca tombs. I'd really enjoy seeing him again!
sprabs
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#2 · Posted: 23 Feb 2006 17:23
I would say it would have to be between Chang (Tintin in Tibet) & 'The Translator' (Flight 714).

If there is one character in the whole Tintin series who is closer to Tintin than the regular characters, it is Chang.
The 'death' of Chang was like a personal loss for Tintin as he considered him a younger brother. Tell me if I am wrong, but my memory tells me that Chang appears only in Tintin in Tibet?

If I am wrong about the above, then it would have to be "The Translator" in Flight 714, the one who has a headphone plugged into his ear and who contacted "people from outside".
He has that mysticism in him, as well as the humour.
He even seems to have a special rapport with Calculus.

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Harrock n roll
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#3 · Posted: 24 Feb 2006 00:24
Tell me if I am wrong, but my memory tells me that Chang had appeared only in Tintin in Tibet.

You're wrong! :) He first appears in The Blue Lotus, then Tibet. And he later gets a name-drop in The Castafiore Emerald.

Doctor Sarcophagus was a great character, definitely worthy of a second appearance. I'd also like to have seen Professor Phostle, perhaps in the moon books in place of Wolff who I've always regarded as a bit of a wet blanket. He was slated to appear in an early scenario for the moon adventures, written for Hergé by some colleagues, which would have cast him as a baddie. I couldn't ever picture him as a baddie myself but I like his eccentricity and think he would have made an interesting sparring partner with Professor Calculus.

Conversely I think it's notable that the earlier adventures have a greater sense of freedom than the later ones, partly because hergé had built up the cast of regulars to such an extent they tended to bog down the story somewhat. By the time of Picaros most of the characters have already appeared in other books and Tintin becomes something of a passenger in his own adventure.
TintinNZ
Member
#4 · Posted: 27 Feb 2006 07:54
Tintin and Snowy. Tintin is very relaxed and easy going and seems to be even tempered. Snowy would be good in finding things and being a dog he may be able to smell out things that we humans may be unable to detect. Calculus would be quite interesting but I worry that I might get frustrated with him after awhile :-P
labrador road 26
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#5 · Posted: 27 Feb 2006 11:28
I just thought of the good twin Nestor Halambique in Ottokar's sceptre, what if HE had signed the false paintings in Alph-art as a way to help Alfred, his brother who was in some sort of trouble with Akass. Since he was an expert at sigils and maybe even autographs he could maybe be pretty good at making forgeries of the famous artists signatures on the paintings themselves.

Anyway the good/bad twins from Sceptre would be interresting to see again. Perhaps in a completely new story about some type of sigil forgery. Nestor, the good twin has to do some criminal activities as a way to help his brother Alfred, which he still loves and in the end they are both united and fights the master criminal and the bad twin is redeemed. Tintin would of course also be part of this story as the catalyst for the unification of the brothers. Haddock says that once a criminal always a criminal but Tintin anyway believes in the sincerity of Alfred and wants to give him a second chance. Perhaps Alfred convinces his brother the bad habit of smoking and Nestor quits.

Some philosofical aspects of this story:
Nestor - Is it justifiable to do criminal activities because of brotherly love?

Alfred - Are criminals worth a second chance?
yamilah
Member
#6 · Posted: 1 Mar 2006 18:42
sprabs
& if I am wrong about the above, then it would have to be 'The Translator'in Flight 714, the one who had a headphone plugged into his ear & contacted 'people from outside'. He had that mysticism in him, as well as the humour. He even seemed to have a special rapport with calculus.

Please could someone be so kind to tell us which edition does mention Mik as 'The Translator'?
Thanks in advance.
SingingGandalf
Member
#7 · Posted: 8 Apr 2006 16:23
I don't know why, but I'd like to see more of the Syldavian police officer seen at the start of 'Destination moon', who gives the captain his water. I'd like to see a book all about him.
snowybella
Member
#8 · Posted: 21 Jun 2017 03:00
I would like to see Vlipvliop from Soviets to make a comeback, as a police officer in Borduria perhaps. Or maybe he would be a guest in Endadine Akass's palace in Ischa, in Alph-Art. He might even have become one of Tapioca's soldiers in the Picaros, as a spy for Syldavia!

TintinNZ:
Tintin and Snowy.

But doesn't Tintin and Snowy appear in every book he's in...?
iluvtintin
Member
#9 · Posted: 25 Jun 2017 08:09
Skut and Chang!

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