Corto Maltese #9 - The Golden House of Samarkand
(January 2018)

IDW, 2014 Series
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Price
34.99 USD; 45.99 CAD
Pages
156
On-sale Date
2018-03-21
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
IDW Publishing
Brand
EuroComics
ISBN
978-1-68405-186-1 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781684051861 53499
Editing
Dean Mullaney (credited) (editor and designer); Lorraine Turner (credited) (art director and co-cover designer); Patrizia Zanotti (credited) (consulting editor)

Issue Notes

The Golden House of Samarkand is a single long Corto Maltese story created by Hugo Pratt in the early 1980s. The setting moves from Rhodes to Turkey, Azerbaijan, the Caspian Sea, and Central Asia in the years 1921-1922. Guido Fuga contributed with artwork of cars and machine-guns.

Translated from Pratt's original Italian scripts.

Published in Italian as "La casa dorata di Samarcanda" and in French as "La Maison dorée de Samarkand".

The Golden House of Samarkand (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
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Corto Maltese has counted prominent names among its admirers...

Indexer Notes

Inside facing half of front gatefold cover. Contains a pull quote from Joe McCullough, a brief description of the story of the volume, and an uncredited old photograph of the Amboise Gate of Rhodes.

[map of the Middle East and southern Central Asia] (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 the Middle East and southern Central Asia, the setting for the story.

The Golden House of Samarkand (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.

The Golden House of Samarkand (Table of Contents: 4)

Corto Maltese / comic story / 139 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Straight from Baron Corvo's hoax to a ruse of Trelawny's.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Corto Maltese; Bahiar; Captain Sorrentino; Cassandra; Narcissus; Marianne; Rasputin; Chevket; Venexiana Stevenson
Synopsis
After the "Fable of Venice", Corto is in Rhodes and begins searching for a treasure hidden by Alexander the Great in Afghanistan - a pretext to free Rasputin from a prison. To do this, he crosses three emerging states - the Turkish Republic, the Soviet Union and Reza Pahlavi's Iran - and meets various cultures.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The original publication began simultaneously in Italy in the magazine Linus (see reprint links) and in French in the magazine (À Suivre) from #31-32 (August-September 1980) to #37 (February 1981). This interupted content corresponds to the first 22.5 pages of the story in the book.

The first story page in the book is a black-and-white reproduction of watercolor painted comic panels that were published in color in Linus. The following 21.5 pages have been edited after the original publication, the lower half of the 13th story page was not part of the original publication in (À Suivre).

The original publication was resumed and completed in Italy in the magazine Corto Maltese (see reprint links).

The Corto Maltese Series (Table of Contents: 5)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

List of all the volumes in the series. Preceding page and reverse side are blank.

[map of the Middle East and southern Central Asia] (Table of Contents: 6)

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 Middle East and southern Central Asia, the setting for the story.

[biography of Hugo Pratt] (Table of Contents: 7)

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 photograph of Hugo Pratt in Rhodes 1978.

Praise for Hugo Pratt and Corto Maltese (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Golden House of Samarkand
  2. 1. [introduction]
  3. 2. [map of the Middle East and southern Central Asia]
  4. 3. The Golden House of Samarkand
  5. 4. The Golden House of Samarkand
    Corto Maltese
  6. 5. The Corto Maltese Series
  7. 6. [map of the Middle East and southern Central Asia]
  8. 7. [biography of Hugo Pratt]
  9. 8. Praise for Hugo Pratt and Corto Maltese
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