Corto Maltese #6 - The Ethiopian
(June 2016)

IDW, 2014 Series
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Price
24.99 USD
Pages
104
On-sale Date
2016-08-17
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
IDW Publishing
Brand
EuroComics
ISBN
978-1-63140-696-6 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781631406966 52499
Editing
Dean Mullaney (credited) (editor and designer); Lorraine Turner (credited) (art director and co-cover designer); Patrizia Zanotti (credited) (consulting editor)

Issue Notes

The Ethiopian collects the fourth and final cycle of inter-connected short Corto Maltese stories created by Hugo Pratt in the early 1970s in France. The cycle includes four episodes: "In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate", "The Coup de Grace", "... and of Other Romeos and Other Juliets", and "The Leopard-Men of the Rufiji". The episodes are set in Yemen and East Africa during the year 1918.

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

Translated from Pratt's original Italian scripts.

The Ethiopian (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Hugo Pratt
Inks
Hugo Pratt
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Corto Maltese

[introduction] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
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Pencils
? (photography)
Inks
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Letters
typeset

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 old photograph of a caravan in the Sibabi Hills in the Danakil desert, Ethiopia.

[map of nothern Abyssinia and western Yemen] (Table of Contents: 2)

illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Reverse side of front gatefold cover (repeated on reverse of rear gatefold cover). Historical map of northern Abyssinia and western Yemen, the setting for three stories in the volume.

The Ethiopian (Table of Contents: 3)

credits, title page / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Hugo Pratt
Inks
Hugo Pratt
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

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

Chapter One: In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate (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.

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate (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
Surah 93... "The Morning Sun"
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; El Oxford; Cush
Synopsis
In the desert of Yemen, controlled by the fading Ottoman Empire, Corto meets Cush, a Danakil warrior with whom he establishes a close yet conflicted relationship.
Reprints

Chapter Two: The Coup de Grace (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
Cush

Indexer Notes

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

The Coup de Grace (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
If there's any one water of Europe I desire...
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Captain Bradt; Corto Maltese; Cush
Synopsis
Stubborn racism of an English commander of a small fort in British Somaliland leads to a conflict with Cush and the Dervish army of Sayyid Mohammed, whom the British call "The Mad Mullah".
Reprints

Chapter Three: ... and of Other Romeos and Other Juliets (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
Shamael

Indexer Notes

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

... and of Other Romeos and Other Juliets (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
... But it must be done in the first Friday of the month.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Cush; Shamael; Lord Ha... Ha...; Fala Mariam; Ras Yaqob; Rhomh
Synopsis
In Ethopia, Cush introduces Corto to the mysterious and powerful shaman Shamael, who hears voices of the dead and of devils. After leaving Shamael, Cush and Corto get involved in an inter-tribal conflict.
Reprints

Chapter Four: The Leopard-Men of the Rufiji (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
Brukoy

Indexer Notes

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

The Leopard-Men of the Rufiji (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
1918. While in Europe the war was coming to a close, in Africa it was still going strong.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Lieutenant Tenton; Captain MacGregor; Corporal Mungo; Sergeant Saxon; Brukoy; Sahad el Cairo
Synopsis
With the war in German East Africa as background, Corto gets engulfed in a dreamlike atmosphere that reveals how African justice operates outside the constraints of "white" law.
Reprints

The Corto Maltese Series (Table of Contents: 12)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

List of all the volumes in the series.

Caniff, Sickles, Toth (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

[map of nothern Abyssinia and western Yemen] (Table of Contents: 14)

illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Reverse side of rear gatefold cover (repeated from reverse of front gatefold cover). Historical map of northern Abyssinia and western Yemen, the setting for three stories in the volume.

[biography of Hugo Pratt] (Table of Contents: 15)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photography)
Inks
? (photography)
Letters
typeset

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 photographof Hugo Pratt in Ethiopia, 1982.

Praise for Hugo Pratt and Corto Maltese (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Ethiopian
  2. 1. [introduction]
  3. 2. [map of nothern Abyssinia and western Yemen]
  4. 3. The Ethiopian
  5. 4. Chapter One: In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate
  6. 5. In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate
    Corto Maltese
  7. 6. Chapter Two: The Coup de Grace
  8. 7. The Coup de Grace
    Corto Maltese
  9. 8. Chapter Three: ... and of Other Romeos and Other Juliets
  10. 9. ... and of Other Romeos and Other Juliets
    Corto Maltese
  11. 10. Chapter Four: The Leopard-Men of the Rufiji
  12. 11. The Leopard-Men of the Rufiji
    Corto Maltese
  13. 12. The Corto Maltese Series
  14. 13. Caniff, Sickles, Toth
  15. 14. [map of nothern Abyssinia and western Yemen]
  16. 15. [biography of Hugo Pratt]
  17. 16. Praise for Hugo Pratt and Corto Maltese
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