All collectors of original illustrations would be very proud to highlight in their library a ‘Strip’ or an ‘Original Plate’ of this remarkable album designed by Hugo Pratt in 1981: ‘La Jeunesse de Corto Maltese’.
As the original illustrations of this album are rare on the market, very few collectors realized that these strips are quite large, for which each panel measures 15 x 15 cm, and therefore more than 45 cm x15 cm for a whole strip, which makes the framings very spectacular and appropriate for modern interiors.
This album titled ‘La Jeunesse de Corto Maltese’ is very famous in Italy and in the French-speaking countries for the following reasons:
- Pre-publication by individual strips in 1982 in Italy (magazine L’internauta: The Gionivezza) and in France (Le Matin de Paris) in 1981 and 1982 (A Suivre, Casterman).
- Many publications in albums and reissues in black and white + colour, for which illustrations found on the Internet are presented as documentation in this lot.
- Exceptional encounter between Corto Maltese, Rasputin and Jack London to make a mythical trio in the history of the European comics, only in this album.
This strip is very evocative of this famous first war between Russia and Japan from 1904 to 1905 and, especially of this ambivalent atmosphere of end of war which starts from the first plate of this story, with Raspoutine killing a Japanese soldier while the end of the war is announced, and will serve as a framework of the whole story...
Hugo Pratt had the intelligence to mix fictional characters, such as Corto Maltese,.... with other characters more rooted in reality, like Jack London, the American... and the Russian Rasputin.
Besides, Hugo Pratt treats himself... and ourselves in this remarkable strip featuring the very first meeting of the Japanese officers with JACK LONDON:
‘...Qui est ce Blanc qui Porte le Capitaine Sibauchi..?
Ce Journaliste Américain,London,Lieutenant Sakaï....JACK LONDON..?’.
And during this first introduction, Hugo PRATT illustrated the cannon fire with these famous onomatopoeia very Pratt-like: ‘BOOM ! ‘BOOM ! BOOM !’... This is one of only 5 strips illustrating cannon fire like that in the entire adventure....
This Hugo Pratt ‘MASTERPIECE’ is enough to enhance a beautiful collection of original illustrations...
A strip first and foremost intended for an individual publication beautifully handled by Hugo Pratt.... like the great stories published in daily newspapers....
Large-size strip, original texts hand written in Italian by Pratt in pencil, which is a ‘true miracle’, since this strip has been published several times in French with various books (see illustration of the details of the successive publications).
This very decorative lot offered by ‘Catalogue Scriptura’ is very attractive for Italian or French collectors. It will be impressive with a nice frame that will enhance the prestige of a large collection.
Free registered shipping with insurance worldwide, including France and Italy, of course...
- Originele tekening(en)
- Aantal items
- Strip original - La Jeunesse de Corto Maltese - Avec Présence d’Un Croquis Inédit de PRATT au Verso
- Jaar oudste item
- Zeer Fraai
- Format 48 x 16 cm.
- Pratt, Hugo