12/12/2005

Tintin Characters Guide: Thomson and Thompson

Thomson and Thompson

Début: The Cigars of the Pharaohs (as X33 and X33 bis).

Trivia:

1. Hergé did not give the two detectives a name before the King Ottokar's Sceptre story. In the Broken Ear (black and white edition, pages 16, 17), Hergé used the name "Dupont" twice for other characters (quarrelling couple in Balthazar's house, and the commandant Le Goffic (Maldemer, in English).
2. Thomson sports a pointed moustache, his colleague Thompson sports a straight moustache [Land of Black Gold, p2, frames 6, 7, and p9, frame 6, and p33, frame 11; Back Island p2, frame 7; Crab p57, frame 10; Picaros p60, frame 2; Cgars p5, frame 13; Red Sea Sharks p7, frames 13, 14; The Castafiore Emerald, p 47, frame 2, p60 frame 11] / In French, Dupont has une moustache Tournante and Dupond une moustache droite.
3. The two detectives claim that they have been wearing moustaches since they were born! [Picaros p47, frame 7]
4. The British Pop group, Thompson Twins, is named after the two detectives.
5. Some say the the two detectives are not brothers, other say they are. Snowy thinks they are brothers [Destination Moon, p18, last frame. Snowy says: This is it! ... Sensational appearance of the Thomson twins! / Entrée sensationnelle des Dupondt brothers! (Note: Les Dupondt)]
6. They contract a mysterious illness in Land of Black Gold after swallowing some pills from Dr Müller's aspirin bottle. They are plagued by this affliction in Explorers on the Moon.
7. Cameos: The two can be seen in Asterix and the Belgians
8. Thomson and Thompson appear in the 1946 colour edition of Tintin in the Congo (page 1, frame 1), but not in the 1931 black and white edition.

See also:

1. Thomson and Thompson's names in different languages

Tintin Characters Guide: T

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