Corto Maltese #2 - The Ballad of the Salty Sea
(January 2020)

IDW, 2014 Series
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Price
34.99 USD; 45.99 CAD
Pages
180
On-sale Date
2020-03-04
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
IDW Publishing
Brand
EuroComics
ISBN
978-1-68405-641-5 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781684056415 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 Ballad of the Salty Sea is the story where Hugo Pratt introduced his character Corto Maltese. First published 1967-1969 in Italy as "Una Ballata del Mare Salato". Translated from Pratt's original Italian scripts.

The Ballad of the Salty Sea (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Inks
Hugo Pratt (credited)
Colors
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Letters
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Characters
Corto Maltese

[Introduction] (Table of Contents: 1)

text article / 1 page (report information)

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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 reproduction of an old stereo card showing natives of New Guinea in a sailing craft.

[map of the Pacific Ocean] (Table of Contents: 2)

illustration / 2 pages (report information)

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Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Reverse side of front gatefold cover (repeated on reverse of rear gatefold cover). Historical map of the Pacific Ocean.

The Ballad of the Salty Sea (Table of Contents: 3)

credits, title page / 5 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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Indexer Notes

Title pages and publisher's indicia and book production credits.

[Letter to the publisher] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

Genre
adventure
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Fictional letter with illustrations serving as preface to the story.

The Ballad of the Salty Sea (Table of Contents: 5)

Corto Maltese / comic story / 163 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
I am the Pacific Ocean and I'm the largest of them all.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Rasputin; Cranio; Pandora Groovesnore; Cain Groovesnore; Corto Maltese; Lieutenant Slütter; Tarao; the Monk
Synopsis
The action begins in November 1913 in the South Seas as feelings of the Great War were already looming but the romantic ideals of the nineteenth century were still alive. The pace of the narrative and the drawings are very modern and Pratt permeates the adventure with an extraordinary atmosphere of the great outdoors. This long story includes several characters, including the young and beautiful Pandora, her cousin Cain, the mysterious criminal mastermind Monk, the grim and ferocious Rasputin, Lieutenant Slütter of the German Navy, the natives Skull and Tarao, and Corto Maltese.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Although Hugo Pratt introduced Corto Maltese in this story, Pandora Groovesnore is the central character and main protagonist.

The Corto Maltese Series (Table of Contents: 6)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

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Letters
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Indexer Notes

List of all the volumes in the series. One page, preceding page and reverse side are blank.

[map of the Pacific Ocean] (Table of Contents: 7)

illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
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Inks
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Colors
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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 Pacific Ocean.

[Biography of Hugo Pratt] (Table of Contents: 8)

text article / 1 page (report information)

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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 at the Samaoan Islands in the South Pacific, 1992.

Praise for Hugo Pratt and Corto Maltese (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Ballad of the Salty Sea
  2. 1. [Introduction]
  3. 2. [map of the Pacific Ocean]
  4. 3. The Ballad of the Salty Sea
  5. 4. [Letter to the publisher]
    Corto Maltese
  6. 5. The Ballad of the Salty Sea
    Corto Maltese
  7. 6. The Corto Maltese Series
  8. 7. [map of the Pacific Ocean]
  9. 8. [Biography of Hugo Pratt]
  10. 9. Praise for Hugo Pratt and Corto Maltese
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