Corto Maltese #4 - Beyond the Windy Isles
(May 2015)

IDW, 2014 Series
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Price
29.99 USD
Pages
128
On-sale Date
2015-07-01
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
IDW Publishing
Brand
EuroComics
ISBN
978-1-63140-317-0 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781631403170 52999
Editing
Dean Mullaney (credited) (editor and designer); Lorraine Turner (credited) (art director and co-cover designer); Patrizia Zanotti (credited) (consulting editor)

Issue Notes

Beyond the Windy Isles collects the second cycle of short Corto Maltese stories created by Hugo Pratt in the early 1970s in France. The cycle includes five episodes: "Mushroom Head", "Banana Conga", "Voodoo for the President", "Sweet Dream Lagoon", and "A Tale of Two Grandfathers". The episodes are set in South America and the Caribbean during the year 1917.

The French name of the cycle is "Toujours un peu plus loin".

Translated from Pratt's original Italian scripts.
Awards

Beyond the Windy Isles (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Hugo Pratt
Inks
Hugo Pratt
Colors
?
Letters
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Characters
Corto Maltese

Indexer Notes

First panel of gatefold cover.

[introduction] (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Corto Maltese was the first European strip to advance a mature, artistically serious sensibility within the traditional adventure format.

Indexer Notes

Inside facing half of front gatefold cover. Contains a pull quote from Kim Thompson, a brief description of the stories in the volume, and a reproduction of an uncredited old black and white stereo card of the waterfront of Maracaibo, Venezuela.

[map of Columbia, Venezuela, British Guiana, and surrounding area] (Table of Contents: 2)

illustration / 2 pages (report information)

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Inks
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Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Reverse side of front gatefold cover (repeated on reverse of rear gatefold cover). Historical map of the Caribbean coast of South America, the setting for the current volume.

Beyond the Windy Isles (Table of Contents: 3)

credits, title page / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Letters
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Indexer Notes

Title pages and publisher's indicia and book production credits. The sixth page is blank.

Chapter One: Mushroom Head (Table of Contents: 4)

credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Title page with spot illustration taken from within story. Blank reverse side.

Mushroom Head (Table of Contents: 5)

Corto Maltese / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In Maracaibo, in Venezuela, where now stands an ultramodern supermarket, there once was a shop full of strange, even disturbing, objects...
Genre
adventure; fantasy-supernatural; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Jeremiah Steiner; Levi Columbia; Pierre La Reine
Synopsis
Jeremiah Steiner and Corto Maltese, who is still amnesiac after the previous adventure, travel to Maracaibo; where Levi Colombia, a friend of Steiner, offers the latter an expedition in search of El Dorado. Steiner tries to heal Corto's amnesia by preparing a risotto with hallucinogenic mushrooms. To convince Corto, Steiner himself eats it, and falls into a dream in which he and Corto are already looking for El Dorado, but are captured by the Indians; when they are about to be tortured and killed, Steiner wakes up. Corto recovers his memory, but rejects Levi's offer.
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Chapter Two: Banana Conga (Table of Contents: 6)

credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Letters
?

Characters
Venexiana Stevenson

Indexer Notes

Title page with spot illustration taken from within story. Blank reverse side.

Banana Conga (Table of Contents: 7)

Corto Maltese / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
They said that their presence was necessary to defend the lives and property of citizens of the Union...
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Gold Mouth; Venexiana Stevenson; Esmeralda; Mr. Sanders; Ramirez; Captain Brant; Mocenigo
Synopsis
A revolt by the local population is underway on the Mosquito Coast against the occupying forces of the Union of Northern States . Corto gets a briefcase given to him by a man killed in a shootout, and turns to Esmeralda, an agent of Gold Mouth. He encounters a bewildering array of people who are all after the briefcase, and learns it contains money to be used to purchase documents vital to the revolution. In the end, he encounters Gold Mouth, who reveals that she already has the documents. The briefcase was full of plain paper: it was part of a plan to unmask all the traitors.
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Chapter Three: Voodoo for the President (Table of Contents: 8)

credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Letters
?

Characters
President of Port Ducal

Indexer Notes

Title page with spot illustration taken from within story. Blank reverse side.

Voodoo for the President (Table of Contents: 9)

Corto Maltese / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There's a law, maybe N.434, in the penal code of Port Ducal, that states "All those who, by way of magic or hypnosis, force the dead to work, will themselves be condemned to death."
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Jeremiah Steiner; "Big Mask"; Soledad Lokaarth; Dr. Zola; Jesus-Maria
Synopsis
Corto Maltese and Steiner sail to the Lesser Antilles. They call at Port Ducal, where a sorcerer, whom Corto nicknames "Big Mask", tells Corto that Soledad Lokaarth is being tried for witchcraft. Corto, who was amnesiac when he met Soledad, does not remember her, but decides to help her anyway. With the help of Steiner and Big Mask the plot is foiled. Soledad repays the debt she had with Corto and sets off again with Jesus-Maria, the Carib.
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Chapter Four: Sweet Dream Lagoon (Table of Contents: 10)

credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Letters
?

Characters
Lt Robin Stuart

Indexer Notes

Title page with spot illustration taken from within story. Blank reverse side.

Sweet Dream Lagoon (Table of Contents: 11)

Corto Maltese / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Numerous lagoons can be found in the delta created by the Orinoco River.
Genre
adventure; fantasy-supernatural; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Lt. Robin Stuart
Synopsis
In the Orinoco River delta, Corto meets an English soldier, Lieutenant Robin Stuart, who is having fever delusions. Corto gathers that he is a deserter of a regiment at that time engaged in the First World War. Unable to convince him to come away with him, he leaves him medicine. The lieutenant does not take it. His hallucinations become stronger, and he relives his life as a coward in which everyone praises him for having thought about his own survival instead of respecting the hypocrisy of the British military aristocracy. The next morning Corto finds him dead, but with a smile on his face.
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Chapter Five: A Tale of Two Grandfathers (Table of Contents: 12)

credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Title page with spot illustration taken from within story. Blank reverse side.

A Tale of Two Grandfathers (Table of Contents: 13)

Corto Maltese / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The riverboat was about to arrive at Borja, in Peru, near No Man's Jungle, when the fight broke out.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Dr. Stone; Mendoza; Marangwè; Jeremiah Steiner; Levi Columbia
Synopsis
Dr. Stone decides to go to Peru to find his grandson, who is living with his maternal grandfather Marangwè in a local indigenous tribe after the death of his parents. Stone asks for help from Levi Colombia, Steiner and Corto. Corto agrees, and is accompanied in his search by a local native, who turns out to be Marangwè. The village has been attacked by Mendoza, a slave trader. Corto and Marangwè track the slave trader and rescue the prisoners. Corto takes Marangwè and the grandson back to the mission. Stone decides not to relocate his grandson; Stone and his wife decide to move there instead.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

blank page(s) / 2 pages (report information)

The Corto Maltese Series (Table of Contents: 15)

text article / 1 page (report information)

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Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

List of all the volumes in the series.

Caniff, Sickles, Toth (Table of Contents: 16)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script
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Letters
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Indexer Notes

Ad for Library of American Comics

[map of Columbia, Venezuela, British Guiana, and surrounding area] (Table of Contents: 17)

illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Reverse side of rear gatefold cover (repeated from reverse of front gatefold cover). Historical map of the Caribbean coast of South America, the setting for the current volume.

[biography of Hugo Pratt] (Table of Contents: 18)

text article / 1 page (report information)

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Hugo Pratt (1927-1995) is considered one of the great graphic novelists in the history of the medium.

Indexer Notes

Inside facing half of rear gatefold cover. Biography of Hugo Pratt and a photograph by Patrizia Zanotti of Hugo Pratt in the Caribbean, 1992.

Praise for Hugo Pratt and Corto Maltese (Table of Contents: 19)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Library Journal; The Cedar Rapids Gazette; The New York Journal of Books; Publishers Weekly; The Big Glasgow Comics Page; Graphic Novel Reporter; Alex Mangles, tor.com; James Romberger, Comics Beat; Scoop
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Eisner Award Nominee

Indexer Notes

Rear cover with pull quotes of praise from various reviews.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Beyond the Windy Isles
  2. 1. [introduction]
  3. 2. [map of Columbia, Venezuela, British Guiana, and surrounding area]
  4. 3. Beyond the Windy Isles
  5. 4. Chapter One: Mushroom Head
  6. 5. Mushroom Head
    Corto Maltese
  7. 6. Chapter Two: Banana Conga
  8. 7. Banana Conga
    Corto Maltese
  9. 8. Chapter Three: Voodoo for the President
  10. 9. Voodoo for the President
    Corto Maltese
  11. 10. Chapter Four: Sweet Dream Lagoon
  12. 11. Sweet Dream Lagoon
    Corto Maltese
  13. 12. Chapter Five: A Tale of Two Grandfathers
  14. 13. A Tale of Two Grandfathers
    Corto Maltese
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
  16. 15. The Corto Maltese Series
  17. 16. Caniff, Sickles, Toth
  18. 17. [map of Columbia, Venezuela, British Guiana, and surrounding area]
  19. 18. [biography of Hugo Pratt]
  20. 19. Praise for Hugo Pratt and Corto Maltese
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