Pratt, Hugo - Strip original - La Jeunesse du Corto - (1981)

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Pratt, Hugo - Strip original - La Jeunesse du Corto - (1981)
Very fine - 1 Original artwork - Format 48 x 16 cm.

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’.

As the original illustrations of this album are rare on the market, very few collectors realized that these strips are quite large, for which each panel measures 15 x 15 cm, and therefore more than 45 cm x15 cm for a whole strip, which makes the framings very spectacular and appropriate for modern interiors.

This album titled ‘La Jeunesse de Corto Maltese’ 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 Raspoutine killing a Japanese soldier while the end of the war is announced, and will serve as a framework of the whole story...

Hugo Pratt had the intelligence to mix fictional characters, such as Corto Maltese,.... with other characters more rooted in reality, like Jack London, the American... and the Russian Rasputin.

Besides, Hugo Pratt treats himself... and his readers in this remarkable strip introducing us RASPOUTINE who is featured in the first two panels... Almost in LARGE FORMAT...

The whole plot of the story is graphically emphasized and accentuated by this masterful representation of Raspoutine thinking as he turned into a deserter....,and who just made his decision to join the other Russian deserters:

‘Je trouverai peut être d’autres camarades des Troupes Sibériennes autour de Mukden’ (I may find other comrades of the Siberian Troops around Mukden).

With these panels, Hugo Pratt teaches a lesson from two thousand Years of military history: ‘plus d’argent ..ou plus d’idéal....et les soldats agissent pour se révolter ou deserter....’ (Out of money.. or ideals.... and the soldiers act to revolt or desert....).

A strip first and foremost intended for an individual publication beautifully handled by Hugo Pratt.... like the great stories published in daily newspapers....

Large-size strip, original texts hand written in Italian by Pratt in pencil, not erased, which is a ‘true miracle’, since this strip has been published several times in French with various books (see illustration of the details of the successive publications), including in colours in 1983.

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Lot details
Object
Original artwork
No. of items
1
Language
Italian
Series
Corto Maltese
Title
- Strip original - La Jeunesse du Corto
Year oldest item
1981
Condition
Very fine
Publisher
Format 48 x 16 cm.
Artist
Pratt, Hugo
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