Corto Maltese #5 - Celtic Tales
(January 2016)

IDW, 2014 Series
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Price
29.99 USD
Pages
148
On-sale Date
2016-02-24
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
IDW Publishing
Brand
EuroComics
ISBN
978-1-63140-507-5 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781631405075 52999
Editing
Dean Mullaney (credited) (editor and designer); Lorraine Turner (credited) (art director and co-cover designer); Patrizia Zanotti (credited) (consulting editor)

Issue Notes

Celtic Tales collects the third cycle of inter-connected short Corto Maltese stories created by Hugo Pratt in the early 1970s in France. The cycle includes six episodes: "The Angel in the Window to the Orient", "Under the Flag of Gold", "Concerto in O' Minor for Harp and Nitroglycerin", "A Mid-Winter Morning's Dream", "Côtes de Nuits and Picardy Roses", and "A Burlesque, or Not, Between Zuydcoote and Bray-Dunes". The episodes are set in Europe during the years 1917 and 1918.

The French name of the cycle is "Les Celtiques".

Translated from Pratt's original Italian scripts.

Celtic Tales (Table of Contents)

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Pencils
Hugo Pratt
Inks
Hugo Pratt
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Letters
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Characters
Corto Maltese

[introduction] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Cort 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 an uncredited photo of Stonehenge in the early 20th century.

[map of the east coast of Ireland, England and northern France] (Table of Contents: 2)

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Indexer Notes

Reverse side of front gatefold cover (repeated on reverse of rear gatefold cover). Historical map of the east coast of Ireland, England and northern France, the setting for four stories in the volume.

Celtic Tales (Table of Contents: 3)

credits, title page / 6 pages (report information)

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Pencils
Hugo Pratt
Inks
Hugo Pratt
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Indexer Notes

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

Chapter One: The Angel in the Window to the Orient (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. Reverse side is blank.

The Angel in the Window to the Orient (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
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
When in 1220 Saint Francis stopped at this little Venetian island on his return from Syria, he calmed a storm on the lagoon and was greeted by the chirping of birds.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Antonio Sorrentino; Venexiana Stevenson
Synopsis
The story opens on a small island in the Venetian lagoon, where Corto resumes his search for the gold of El Doradao, only to come face-to-face with a beautiful - and familiar - blonde spy.
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Chapter Two: Under the Flag of Gold (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
?

Indexer Notes

Title page with spot illustration. Reverse side is blank.

Under the Flag of Gold (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
It was a rather strange story and if the German general Otto von Bellow hadn't surprised the Italians with a sudden attack on Caporetto, forcing them to a disastrous repeat, things would have gone much differently.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Radetzky; Sinclaire; Bellefonds; Hernestway; Onatis
Synopsis
Soldiers on both sides of the Italian front cooperate in this story about selfish pragmatism. Corto meets fictionalized Ernest Hemingway and Aristotle Onassis.
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Chapter Three: Concerto in O' Minor for Harp and Nitroglycerin (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
Banshee O'Danann

Indexer Notes

Title page with spot illustration. Reverse side is blank.

Concerto in O' Minor for Harp and Nitroglycerin (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
Watch out, McRea-- someone's over there.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Banshee O'Danann; Major O'Sullivan; Sean Finnucan
Synopsis
The fight for Irish independence draws Corto to Dublin and a young revolutionary woman.
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Chapter Four: A Mid-Winter Morning's Dream (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
Oberon

Indexer Notes

Title page with spot illustration. Reverse side is blank.

A Mid-Winter Morning's Dream (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
It's preferrable to arrive here in the early morning.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Oberon; Puck; Morgana; Merlin; Corto Maltese; Vortigern; Rowena; Hengest; Horsa
Synopsis
Oberon, Puck, Morgana and Merlin meet at Stonehenge and leads Corto to save Britain from a Teutonic invasion.
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Chapter Five: Côtes de Nuits and Picardy Roses (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. Reverse side is blank.

Côtes de Nuits and Picardy Roses (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
April 20, 1918...
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Manfred von Richthofen; Clem; Sandy; Corto Maltese
Synopsis
This story takes place at the time of the Battle of Somme and involves the legendary Red Baron, Germany's greatest fighter ace.
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Chapter Six: A Burlesque, or Not, Between Zuydcoote and Bray-Dunes (Table of Contents: 14)

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
Mélodie Gäél

Indexer Notes

Title page with spot illustration. Reverse side is blank.

A Burlesque, or Not, Between Zuydcoote and Bray-Dunes (Table of Contents: 15)

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 no happiness in dreaming of Brocéliande, Avalon, or the Joyful island...
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Mélodie Gäél; Rico-Rico; Corto Maltese; Cain Groovesnore; de Trécesson; Rotschild
Synopsis
Corto reunites with Cain Groovesnore from "The Ballad of the Salty Sea" and is drawn into hypnotic tale of espionage in the northern communes of France.
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The Corto Maltese Series (Table of Contents: 16)

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Indexer Notes

List of all the volumes in the series.

Caniff, Sickles, Toth (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

[map of the east coast of Ireland, England and northern France] (Table of Contents: 18)

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Pencils
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Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Reverse side of rear gatefold cover (repeated from reverse of front gatefold cover). Historical map of the east coast of Ireland, England and northern France, the setting for four stories in the volume.

[biography of Hugo Pratt] (Table of Contents: 19)

text article / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
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 an uncredited photograph of Hugo Pratt in Brittany in the late 1960s.

Praise for Hugo Pratt and Corto Maltese (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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