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CORTO MALTESE Volume 11 Ballad of the Salty Sea

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CORTO MALTESE Volume 11 Ballad of the Salty Sea

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Winner of the very first Best Graphic Novel award at Angouleme. Highly Recommended. By Hugo Pratt. Originally serialized beginning in 1967, this book is universally acknowledged as Hugo Pratt's masterpiece, in which he introduces Corto Maltese to the world. Corto is just one of a strong ensemble cast of characters whose lives permeate the entire 12-book series. Here we also meet the young and beautiful Pandora, her brother Cain, the mysterious criminal mastermind Monk, the grim and ferocious Rasputin, Lieutenant Slutter of the German Navy, and the natives Skull and Tarao. Although Vol 11 in this new series, this is the first in chronological order.

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Originally serialized beginning in 1967, this book is universally acknowledged as Hugo Pratt's masterpiece, in which he introduces Corto Maltese to the world. Corto is just one of a strong ensemble cast of characters whose lives permeate the entire 12-book series. Here we also meet the young and beautiful Pandora, her brother Cain, the mysterious criminal mastermind Monk, the grim and ferocious Rasputin, Lieutenant Slutter of the German Navy, and the natives Skull and Tarao. Although Vol 11 in this new series, this is the first in chronological order.

The Ballad of the Salty Sea is also hailed as the first example of the literary comic strip. Pratt was inspired by Joseph Conrad, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Jack London, but even more directly by Henry de Vere Stacpool's Blue Lagoon, from which the author got the idea of a small island in the Pacific which he named "Escondida."

The action begins in November 1913 in the South Seas as hints of the Great War were already looming but the romantic ideals of the nineteenth century were still alive. The pace of the narrative and the drawings are very modern and Pratt permeates the adventure with an extraordinary atmosphere of the great outdoors. The story captures the imagination of the reader from the opening pages with a tight, compelling storyline that can be interpreted on different levels.

This EuroComics edition features new translations from Pratt's original Italian scripts by Dean Mullaney, the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning editor of the Library of American Comics, and Simone Castaldi, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra, and the author of Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s (University Press of Mississippi).

Winner of the Harvey Award and nominated for the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material.

"No one has ever created a synthesis of languid adventure and atmospheric personalities that comes anywhere close to Corto Maltese."

A massive 168-page story, complex, detailed, satisfying. Action moves around the islands in the South Pacific, involves both New Zealand aboriginals and island races, Japanese and German destroyers and sub-marines (it's the war), and pirates. Young Cain and Pandora, whose parents' yacht is lost in a storm, are thrust into this tale of scoundrels and sudden death--and who do we find as their defender, but Corto, a pirate himself but with a clear sense of what's right and just. Poor Corto has to survive death by gunshot, a car going off a cliff, killer sea denizens, and yet a second time off a cliff. He takes a beating but always comes back, still fighting for what is right and protecting our youngsters...-Bud

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Item Code CORU11
Publisher IDW
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781684056415
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 9x11
# Pages 172pg
Color b&w
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