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.
Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salt Sea is sure to appeal to fans of swashbuckling action-packed tales and sophisticated readers seeking elegant stories alike.
About the Author
Hugo Pratt (1927–1995) was a celebrated Italian comic book creator who is best known overseas for his popular comic book character Corto Maltese. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2005.
"Hugo Pratt’s swashbuckling baddie Corto Maltese is huge in Europe and largely unknown in the United States, which makes him something like the Nutella of comic book heroes." ~TheNew York Times
"The numerous stories about the “rogue with a heart of gold” have been described as both elegant and complex, and this reappearance offers a new translation." ~Library Journal
"And one of Europe’s most beloved characters gets a new American translation with Corto Maltese: Ballad of the Salt Sea, the elegiac and atmospheric story of a 1920s adventurer as drawn with peerless chiaroscuro by Italian artist Hugo Pratt." ~Publishers Weekly