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Corto Maltese : The Early Years

The protagonist of this tale, actually, is not the
18yearold 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

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book includes additional material that sets up the entire series, as well as
several neverbefore 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.

Series winner of the
Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material. "Classic adventure
comics for adults, enjoyable but with depth. Strongly recommended." Library
Journal "Pratt's tales are like coming home to an entire oeuvre of fables
you've never known existed but have always been waiting to read…I can
guarantee that Corto Maltese will quickly become one of your most beloved
protagonists." Alex Mangles, tor.com

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