Corto Maltese

Corto Maltese

The Ballad of the Salt Sea

Graphic Novel - 2012
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"Treasure hunter, sailor, and adventurer, Corto Maltese remains one of the most popular characters from graphic literature in Europe and maintains a devoted cult following among American readers and creators. Originally published in 1967, Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salt Sea introduces our hero for the first time. The story begins with Corto Maltese adrift at sea in the Pacific during World War I. He is picked up by a Russian pirate/privateer named Rasputin. The graphic novel follows Corto and the adventure that ensues."--P. [2] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Universe ; Enfield : Publishers Group UK [distributor], 2012.
ISBN: 9780789324986
Call Number: PRATT
Characteristics: 253 p. : chiefly ill. ; 25 cm
Subjects: Corto Maltese (Fictitious character) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Voyages and travels -- Comic books, strips, etc.
French fiction -- 20th century -- Translations into English.
Adventure fiction.
Sea stories.
Graphic novels.
Additional Contributors: Powell, Hall
Alternative Title: Ballad of the salt sea


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Feb 12, 2018

In 1967 the term "graphic novel" had not been coined for extended comics. However, many European artists and audiences have long considered sequential graphic narrative as a place for serious literature. Corto Maltese, Ballad of the Salt Sea, was published in Italy in 1964. (Later, the creator, Hugo Pratt, moved his creation to French publications.) This novel moves along like a regular sort of adventure strip for a while, but then the characters become more complex, interesting, and entangled in ideas such as the values of war or nationalism. Corto is a noir hero. For American audiences, the art is reminiscent of Alex Toth, but maybe even more economical. Whether you are a fan of "serious" adventure or tales told in "comics" form, you will be missing the boat if you neglect this book.

Mark_Daly Aug 14, 2017

Colorized and poorly lettered. There's a lot of talking for an action-adventure strip, but the ever-shifting allegiances among the characters gradually grows compelling.


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