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Corto Maltese The Early Years TPB (2019 EuroComics/IDW) comic books

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    Corto Maltese The Early Years TPB (2019 EuroComics/IDW) 1-1ST


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    1st printing.

    Story and art by Hugo Pratt.

    This short adventure tells the backstory of Corto Maltese first meeting Rasputin at the end of the Russo-Japanese War in 1905. The protagonist of this tale is not the 18-year-old Corto but Rasputin, a deserter from a Siberian rifle regiment, and the writer Jack London, who was a war correspondent in the region at that time. London is already friends with Corto and introduces the sailor to the unpredictable Russian, who even as a young man kills with disconcerting ease and is ready to lie and betray without hesitation. It is, however, "the beginning of a beautiful friendship" that continues throughout the series. As a bonus, the book includes additional material that sets up the entire series, as well as several never-before published pages that Pratt intended for a continuation of the tale, in which Corto and Rasputin were to embark on a search for King Solomon's mines.

    Softcover, 9-in. x 11-in., 64 pages, B&W.

    NOTE: "Classic adventure comics for adults, enjoyable but with depth. Strongly recommended." - Library Journal

    Cover price $19.99.