6 August 2019

Corto Maltese – The early years

Corto Maltese – The early years


“In 1904-1905, during the russo-japanese war, i got to know jack london, and first met rasputin. Two men of extraordinary courage.”
– Corto Maltese

The origins of a character like Corto reflect his protagonist spirit in spite of himself: in this story, in fact, it flits like a ghost over Manchuria at the beginning of the 1900’s, right in the middle of a conflict that foreshadows the clashes between powers that will mark the first half of the twentieth century.

This short adventure tells the backstory when Corto Maltese first meets Rasputin at the end of the Russo- Japanese War in 1905. The protagonist of this tale, actually, 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.

Barely seventeen, Corto finds himself at the side of this two incredible characters, his future companion of adventures. At the time he is too young to comprehend the importance the two will have in his life, but as he himself admits at the outset, “Today I am able to tell you two or three things about them that I did not understand then.”


IDW Publishing
Corto Maltese – The Early Years

Pages:: 64, black&white
Format: 9.25″ x 11.625″
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-68405-503-6






Corto Maltese collection by IDW Publisching




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