Corto Maltese

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August 11, 2022

Corto Maltese (Italian: Corto Maltese) is a comic book hero, a sailor-adventurer created by the Italian writer Hugo Pratt. The comic has been translated into many world languages ​​and is widely accepted as one of the best comics of the 20th century. Corto Maltese (the name probably originated from the Venetian expression "Maltese Court") is a casual captain whose adventures are set in the first decades of the 20th century (from the 1900s to the 1920s). A wanderer with a heart of gold, a romantic idealist, he is patient and merciful to the defeated. Born in Valletta on July 10, 1887, the son of a Welsh sailor from Cornwall and a prophetess, a gypsy from Gibraltar, he carved a line of luck on his palm with his father's razor as a child, thus determining destiny as a matter of choice. Although he maintains a non-aligned stance, Corto instinctively supports the defeated and oppressed. Corto first appeared in Pratt's comic "Ballad of the Salt Sea" (Una Ballata del Mare Salato, 1967) about smugglers and pirates in the Pacific Ocean. During 1970, Pratt began publishing a series of short episodes of Cort Maltese for the French comic magazine Pif. in 1974. he returned with complete episodes by sending Corte to Siberia in 1918, in the album "Corte Maltese in Siberia" (Corte sconta detta arcana). Chronologically, Corto Maltese's first adventure, "The Youth" (La giovinezza), takes place during the Russo-Japanese War. In several short episodes (united in the albums "Ethiopians", "Always a Little Farther" and "Celts") he experienced the First World War in several remote locations, took part in the civil war in Russia after the October Revolution, and also appears in Italy during the early stages of the development of fascism. As hinted at in Pratt's "Desert Scorpions" comic strip, Cort is lost during the Spanish Civil War. The character embodies Pratt's skepticism about national, ideological and religious "grand narratives". During his travels, Corto helps people of various professions and origins, such as a murderer, a Russian, Rasputin, British heir Tristan Bantam, a voodoo prophetess, Chrysostom, and Czech academic Jeremiah Steiner. Also, he meets and meets real historical figures, such as Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Butch Cassidy, the Russian "white" general Roman von Unger-Sternberg and Enver Pasha, the Turkish hero and rebel�