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The Death of Corto Maltese by Vittorio Giardino - Comic Strip

The Death of Corto Maltese

Comic Strip


This page was first published in the Italian and French book Dedicated to Corto Maltese in 1981. It was also published in the (A Suivre) Special Pratt issue after Pratt´s death in 1995. It is a hommage from one Italian master to another, and shows Corto Maltese facing a Fascist execution squad in the Spanish Civil War in 1937. It also shows Giardino´s principal hero Max Fridman and Bouche Doree, the mystical lady from the Corto Maltese series, watching and commenting.
Pratt had hinted that Corto was killed in the Spanish Civil War, but he never got around to create a story about it. Instead, we have this one-page story; dramatic, mystic and poetic like Pratt´s own Corto stories.

About Vittorio Giardino

Vittorio Giardino is one of Italy's most important comics artists, known for his Clear Line inspired series like 'Max Fridman' and 'Jonas Fink'. The Italian electrical engineer Vittorio Giardino was already in his thirties when he entered the comics scene in 1978. After creating his first comics for La Città Futura, he created the character 'Sam Pezzo', a private investigator whose adventures appeared in Il Mago and Orient-Express. In 1982, after three books, he left the character to work on the complicated espionage stories of 'Max Fridman', also in Orient-Express. In addition, Giardino set up a series of short stories featuring 'Little Ego', a female and erotic version of Winsor McCay's 'Little Nemo', in Glamour International and Comic Art. From 1986, he was present in L'Espresso with short stories, and began working as an illustrator for L'Unità, Glamour International, La Repubblica and Je Bouquine. Giardino's work also found its way to France, and his three main series appeared in the pages of Circus. His short stories for L'Espresso where collected in the book 'Vacances Fatales' by Casterman upon their reprints in À Suivre. For the same magazine, he made 'Piero, les Rêves, le Temps', an homage to Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca, in 1992. A year later, he began the series 'Jonas Fink' in the Il Griffo journal. Text (c) Lambiek

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Arpagon How to maintain the legend of the death of Corto! Exellent !
Nov 26, 2014, 12:17 AM
Boris Excellent! But Corto is like Elvis: never dead ;)
Nov 25, 2014, 7:37 PM
fred Remember that Corto had no fate line on his palm ! Very nice hommage strip anyways.
Nov 25, 2014, 6:21 PM
TueurDEriban An AWESOME piece, I am very jealous now, I have always LOVED this piece, what a treasure +++ Huge congrats ! +++
Nov 25, 2014, 6:16 PM
blackagar Mythic... but I am certain that Corto escaped ;)
Nov 25, 2014, 6:14 PM