All collectors of original illustrations would be very proud to highlight in their library a ‘Strip’ or an ‘Original Plate’ of this remarkable album designed by Hugo Pratt in 1981: ‘La Jeunesse de Corto Maltese’.
Indian ink and felt pen on paper.
As the original illustrations of this album are rare on the market, very few collectors realized that these strips are quite large, 15 x 15 cm, and therefore more than 45 cm x15 cm for a whole strip, which makes the framings very spectacular.
This lot offered in this Catawiki sale is thus quite exceptional, since it does not offer one, but TWO CONSECUTIVE STRIPS in this collector’s auction. Because this lot is framed in a black picture mount, this set is really spectacular with the frame included measuring 49 cm x 63 cm, which will allow to make a prestigious decoration element in a private lounge or in a beautiful library.
This album is very famous in Italy and in the French-speaking countries for the following reasons:
- Pre-publication by individual strips in 1982 in Italy (magazine L’internauta: The Gionivezza) and in France (Le Matin de Paris) in 1981 and 1982 (A Suivre, Casterman).
- Many publications in albums and reissues in black and white + colour, for which illustrations found on the Internet are presented as documentation in this lot.
- Exceptional encounter between Corto Maltese, Rasputin and Jack London to make a mythical trio in the history of the European comics, only in this album.
This strip is very evocative of this famous first war between Russia and Japan from 1904 to 1905 and, especially of this ambivalent atmosphere of end of war which starts from the first plate of this story, with Rasputin killing a Japanese soldier while the end of the war is announced, and will serve as a framework of the whole story...
In this regard, these two strips are especially important in this whole album, since the last panel is the one where Jack London meets Captain Sibauchi.
These two large sized strips still carry the original text in Italian language with the original writings of Pratt in pencil, not erased, which is a ‘little miracle’, while these strips were published several times in French in different books (please take a look art the illustrations detailing the successive publications), and the text in Italian could have been erased for the purposes of successive publications, including with the colours of Patricia Zanotti, for the album published by Casterman in 1983, and which pictures are shown for information in this lot.
The album is not part of this lot.
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- Dibujos originales
- N.º de artículos
- Pratt, Hugo
- 2x Strip original - Corto Maltese - La Jeunesse de Corto
- Año del artículo más antiguo
- Muy bueno
- Format 48 x 32 cm.