Corto Maltese #7 - In Siberia
(February 2017)

IDW, 2014 Series
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Price
29.99 USD
Pages
128
On-sale Date
2017-03-01
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
IDW Publishing
Brand
EuroComics
ISBN
978-1-63140-848-9 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781631408489 52999
Editing
Dean Mullaney (credited) (editor and designer); Lorraine Turner (credited) (art director and co-cover designer); Patrizia Zanotti (credited) (consulting editor)

Issue Notes

In Siberia is a single long Corto Maltese story, created by Hugo Pratt in the middle of the 1970s. The setting moves from China to Manchuria, Siberia, and Mongolia, during a period from November 1918 to April 1920 in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution and the First World War. Guido Fuga contributed with artwork of trains, airplanes and bridges.

Translated from Pratt's original Italian scripts.

The story is divided into six chapters: "The Red Lanterns", "The Prisoner of Chang", "The Romantic Duchess", "The Savage Division", "Ungern of Mongolia", and "The End of the Black Dragon".

First published in the monthly Italian magazine Linus from January 1974 to July 1977 with the title "Corte sconta detta Arcana". Published in French in the monthly magazine (À Suivre) from #1 February 1978 to #8 September 1978 as "Corto Maltese en Sibérie".
Parts of this issue are reprinted:

In Siberia (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
?
Pencils
? (photography)
Inks
? (photography)
Letters
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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 old photograph of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

[map of Siberia, Mongolia, and Manchuria] (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 Siberia, Mongolia, and Manchuria, the setting for the story.

In Siberia (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: The Red Lanterns (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
?

Characters
Red Lanterns

Indexer Notes

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

The Red Lanterns (Table of Contents: 5)

Corto Maltese / comic story / 16 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 are three secret, magical places in Venice.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Gould Mouth; Rasputin; The Red Lanterns

Indexer Notes

The opening setting is a hidden courtyard (referred to in the Italian title) in Venice where Corto talks with Gold Mouth, the story moves immediately to Hong Kong where Corto lives in November 1918. He reunites with Rasputin and is charged by the "Red Lanterns", a Chinese secret society made up entirely of women, to find an armored train laden with gold that belonged to the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II.

Chapter Two: The Prisoner of Chang (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
General Chang

Indexer Notes

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

The Prisoner of Chang (Table of Contents: 7)

Corto Maltese / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited); Guido Fuga (artwork of boat and machine gun)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited); Guido Fuga (artwork of boat and machine gun)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Give these instructions to the Red Lanterns in Shanghai.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Red Lanterns; Corto Maltese; Rasputin; Shanghai Lil; General Chang; One Ear
Synopsis
Corto agrees to work with the Red Lanterns. He and Rasputin sail with a junk towards Shanghai, but a fight starts on the ship. The junk gets on fire and Corto swims alone to the shore. Corto meets General Chang.

Chapter Three: The Romantic Duchess (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
Duchess Marina Seminova
Synopsis
Title page with spot illustration taken from within story. Blank reverse side.

The Romantic Duchess (Table of Contents: 9)

Corto Maltese / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited); Guido Fuga (artwork of train, airplanes and bridge)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited); Guido Fuga (artwork of train, airplanes and bridge)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It should be around here.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Major Jack Tippit; Duchess Marina Seminova; Major Spatzetov; Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg; General Serghey Semenov
Synopsis
Corto meets the American Major Jack Tippit in Shanghai and they fly to Manchuria. Duchess Marina Seminova commands an armoured train in Manchuria. The plane is shot down by Seminova's soldiers, and Corto and Jack Tippit are captured and meet Marina Seminova and Major Spatzetov on the train. Meanwhile, along the Siberian border, Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg and his cavalry troops leave the company of General Semenov and the Baikal cossacks.

Chapter Four: The Savage Division (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
General Serghey Semenov

Indexer Notes

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

The Savage Division (Table of Contents: 11)

Corto Maltese / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited); Guido Fuga (artwork of trains, railway and machine gun)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited); Guido Fuga (artwork of trains, railway and machine gun)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Commander Semenov...
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
General Serghey Semenov; Duchess Marina Seminova; Major Jack Tippit; Corto Maltese; Major Spatzetov; Shanghai Lil; Captain Nino; Rasputin
Synopsis
Marina Seminova, Jack Tippit and Corto visit General Serghey Semenov, chief of the Baikal cossacks and commander of the "Savage Division". Corto leaves for Manchuria and returns to Siberia together with Shanghai Lil, Captain Nino and Rasputin. They get on General Semenov's armoured train that later attacks the train commanded by Duchess Seminova, Corto and Rasputin capture the wagon with the imperial gold, and Marina Seminova dies in the hands of Corto. After a fight with Semenov, Shanghai Lil unhitches the gold wagon that runs off the tracks and into a lake.

Chapter Five: Ungern of Mongolia (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
?

Characters
Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg

Indexer Notes

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

Ungern of Mongolia (Table of Contents: 13)

Corto Maltese / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited); Guido Fuga (artwork of train)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited); Guido Fuga (artwork of train)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You are prisoners of the Asian Cavalry Division of Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Rasputin; Shanghi Lil; Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg
Synopsis
Corto, Rasputin and Shanghi Lil are captured by soldiers from the Asian Cavalry Division of Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg. They meet with the baron, and later manage to blow-up a very large cannon that belonged to General Semenov. The baron tries to recruit Corto for his plan to conquer Mongolia. Corto, Rasputin and Shanghai Lil leave for Manchuria.

Indexer Notes

The poem "Venezia mia" by the Venetian vernacular poet Eugenio Genero is quoted on the first two pages as in the Italian original publication. The poet was Hugo Pratt's maternal grandfather. For the French translation, Hugo Pratt decided to instead quote the poem "Sensation" by Arthur Rimbaud.

The poem "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is also quoted in the chapter.

Chapter Six: The End of the Black Dragon (Table of Contents: 14)

credits, title page / 3 pages (report information)

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

Characters
General Chang

Indexer Notes

Title page with spot illustration taken from within story. Preceding page and reverse side are blank.

The End of the Black Dragon (Table of Contents: 15)

Corto Maltese / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script
Hugo Pratt (credited); Dean Mullaney (credited) (translator); Simone Castaldi (credited) (translator)
Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited); Guido Fuga (artwork of train and bridge)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited); Guido Fuga (artwork of train and bridge)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
General Chang, this message just arrived from our secret service in Beijing..
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
General Chang; Corto Maltese; Rasputin; Shanghai Lil; Sukhe Bator; One Ear
Synopsis
Corto, Rasputin and Shanghai Lil meet the Mongolian General Sukhe Bator in his headquarters. They combine forces to attack General Chang and his armoured train. Chang survives and Corto finds him in Hong Kong, Chang dies after drinking poisoned tea. In April 1920, Corto has a final meeting with Shanghai Lil.

The Corto Maltese Series (Table of Contents: 16)

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: 17) (Expand) /

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

[map of Siberia, Mongolia, and Manchuria] (Table of Contents: 18)

illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Reverse side of rear gatefold cover (repeated from reverse of front gatefold cover). Historical map of Siberia, Mongolia, and Manchuria, the setting for the story.

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

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
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Pencils
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Inks
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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 photograph of Hugo Pratt in Venice in the mid-1970s.

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

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

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. In Siberia
  2. 1. [introduction]
  3. 2. [map of Siberia, Mongolia, and Manchuria]
  4. 3. In Siberia
  5. 4. Chapter One: The Red Lanterns
  6. 5. The Red Lanterns
    Corto Maltese
  7. 6. Chapter Two: The Prisoner of Chang
  8. 7. The Prisoner of Chang
    Corto Maltese
  9. 8. Chapter Three: The Romantic Duchess
  10. 9. The Romantic Duchess
    Corto Maltese
  11. 10. Chapter Four: The Savage Division
  12. 11. The Savage Division
    Corto Maltese
  13. 12. Chapter Five: Ungern of Mongolia
  14. 13. Ungern of Mongolia
    Corto Maltese
  15. 14. Chapter Six: The End of the Black Dragon
  16. 15. The End of the Black Dragon
    Corto Maltese
  17. 16. The Corto Maltese Series
  18. 17. Caniff, Sickles, Toth
  19. 18. [map of Siberia, Mongolia, and Manchuria]
  20. 19. [biography of Hugo Pratt]
  21. 20. Praise for Hugo Pratt and Corto Maltese
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