Hans and Konrad
Hans and Konrad as drawn in
"Monster Mountain." Although Hans was drawn
several times in other stories, this is the only
illustration that shows them both.
Hans and Konrad are the
two brothers from Bavaria who work at the Jones Salvage
Yard. Both men are husky and frequently drive one or more
of the boys on their excursions to solve a mystery.
Conveniently, there is usually some junk to be purchased
or dropped off nearby so that Titus and Mathilda don't
mind their helpers being gone from the salvage yard.
Because of their physical stature, Hans and Konrad also
serve as protectors of the boys on occasion, such as in
"Screaming Clock," when Jeeters takes the clock
from Jupiter. The two brothers are also very
superstitious as evidenced in "Vanishing Treasure"
when the subject of gnomes is discussed. Not too much
distinction is made between the two brothers in terms of
their personality, although Hans seems to be mentioned a
little more often than Konrad.
Hans and Konrad have a significant role in "Monster
Mountain," where they take the Three Investigators
with them on a trip to visit a cousin whom they have not
seen since they were children.