Corto Maltese: Ballad of the Salty Sea Paperback / softback
by Hugo Pratt
Originally serialized beginning in 1967, this book isuniversally acknowledged as Hugo Pratt's masterpiece, in which he introducesCorto Maltese to the world.
Corto is but one of a strong ensemble cast ofcharacters whose lives permeate the entire 12book series.
It is here that wealso meet the young and beautiful Pandora, her brother Cain, the mysteriouscriminal mastermind Monk, the grim and ferocious Rasputin, Lieutenant Slutter ofthe German Navy, and the natives Skull and Tarao.
The Ballad of the Salty Sea isalso hailed as the first example of the literary comic strip.
Pratt was inspiredby Conrad, Stevenson, and London, but even more directly by Henry de VereStacpool's Blue Lagoon, from which the author got the idea of a small island inthe Pacific which he named "Escondida." The action begins in November 1913 in the South Seasas feelings of the Great War were already looming but the romantic ideals of thenineteenth century were still alive.
The pace of the narrative and the drawingsare very modern and Pratt permeates the adventure with an extraordinaryatmosphere of the great outdoors.
The story captures the imagination of thereader from the opening pages with a tight, compelling storyline that can beinterpreted on different levels. This EuroComics edition features new translations fromPratt's original Italian scripts by Dean Mullaney, the Eisner and HarveyAwardwinning editor of the Library of American Comics, and Simone Castaldi,Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra, and theauthor of Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s (UniversityPress of Mississippi).
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 172 pages
- Publisher: Idea & Design Works
- Publication Date: 02/03/2020
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781684056415