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Hugo Pratt, Secondo Bignardi, Corto Maltese

Corto Maltese "Il Cangaceiros"

Original Illustration
32 x 27 cm (12.6 x 10.63 in.)
Page from short story with panel that was used for the cell
Auction catalogue title
Title of short story "Samba con Tiro-Fijo"


"Il Cangaceiros" is the first result of the collaboration between Hugo Pratt and Secondo Bignardi (1925-1998), an italian designer and animator. This collaboration lead to alltogether four episodes - animated reductions of adventures of Corto Maltese, which were broadcast on TV within the italian program SUPERGULP!. These animations ran under in "Gulp! fumetti in tv" and "Supergulp! Fumetti in tv" and were at their time very successful (you can see the animation here: ).
Seen with the eyes of today these episodes represent a very own, pop-powered style - a mixture between two genres, comics and animation.
This here is the original cel (two sheets) done by Studio Bignardi for the frame n.135 of "Il Cangaceiros". The episode was aired for the first time in 1972. For this episode Studio Bignardi made use of the artistic collaboration of: Ludovico Vandelli, Boris Arduini and Vladimira Bernaskova.


"Il Cangaceiros" is a story, that is based on the short story "Samba avec Tir Fixe", which is published in the Corto Maltese album "Sous le signe du Capricorne".
Every frame that was used in the animation can be found as a panel in the album.
I couldn't find anywhere, where the collaboration between Bignardi and Pratt started and ended, which means, if and where Pratt really worked on certain cells or if the studio of Bignardi copied single panels and Pratt just had the artistic supervision, but I find this enlarged and colored panel of Corto Malte, which was produced 1972 very "70's" and compelling.


  • Sous le signe du capricorne
  • Casterman
  • 03/1979
  • Extra

See also:   Corto Maltese

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About Hugo Pratt

Hugo Pratt is considered to be one of the greatest among comic artists for his versatile fantasy and use of graphic freedom, and the combination of these factors resulted in very strange stories. In his tales, reality can change into dream and vice-versa, and in this way he took his readers into the strangest lands and even through time. He is thought to be one of the first comic artists to mix literature with adventure. Hugo Pratt has been a great inspiration to comic artists all over the world.