Ticonderoga (1957)

Texts by Héctor G. Oesterheld and Hugo Pratt

Drawings by Hugo Pratt
(with the assistance of Gisela Dester from the 7th episode onwards)

This single story appeared in the Argentine magazine “Frontera Mensual” from issue 1 (April, 1957) and then passed to the magazine “Frontera Extra”, both published by editorial Frontera.

This long story in pictures finally enabled Pratt to deal easily with a historical period that he had always loved from his childhood memories of novelists Kenneth Roberts (North-West Passage) and Fenimore Cooper (The Last of the Mohicans).The story is set in eighteenth-century North America during the struggle between the French and the English to control the territory around Lake Champlain where the Duchesne Fort, captured by the English, was situated. Actually, the geographical whereabouts indicated above is not really so specific as the action takes place in the area of the Great Lakes, a vast region that Pratt attempts to illustrate to the reader by frequently adding maps. The protagonists are three young men: a cadet in the service of the English Crown Caleb Lee, the shrewd Joe Flint nick- named Ticonderoga and the native American Numockh, as well as a number of minor characters from among which the Indian warriors emerge as they ally themselves first with one side and then the other. The backdrop to the adventure is the woods, forests and wild, unspoilt nature where the silent passage of the Indians’ moccasins contrasts with the noisy movements of the soldiers from Europe. In this work Pratt uses the technique of halftone as if to increase the mystery and fascination of the symbiosis between man and nature that is shattered by a war that will shortly after lead to the birth of a nation.