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Hugo Pratt (1927 - 1995)

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Hugo Pratt (June 15, 1927 - 1995) was an Italian comic book creator and the creator of Corto Maltese.

Hugo Pratt was born in Venice, Italy. His father was a professional soldier and 1937 his family moved to Ethiopia after Mussolini's Italy had conquered it. His father died 1941 in a combat between Italian and British troops. Pratt was interned into a prison camp where he bought comics from guards.

After the war Pratt joined the so-called Venice Group with other Italian cartoonists like Alberto Ongaro and Mario Faustinelli. Their magazine Asso di Picche begun to appear in 1945. It concentrated on adventure comics.

1949 Pratt moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he worked for Argentinean publisher Editorial Abril. He also met South American comics artists like José-Luís Salinas and Solano López. He returned to Italy in 1962. His most famous series, Corto Maltese, began in 1967.

Due to his rather mixed family ancestry, he learned snippets of things like kabbalism and lots of history.

Many of his stories are placed in real historical eras and deal with real events: the 1755 war between French and British colonists in Ticonderoga, colonial wars in Africa and both World Wars, for example. Pratt did a great deal of research for both factual and visual details and sometimes the characters are real historical figures or closely based on them. Many of the minor characters cross over into other stories in way that places all Pratt’s stories into the same continuum.

Among his inspirations he stated writers like Joseph Conrad, Fenimore Cooper, Herman Melville and Jack London, but also Milton Caniff (of Terry and the Pirates) and Will Eisner. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Pratt [Apr 2005]

Tutto ricominciò con un'estate indiana / Indian Summer (1983) (Together with Milo Manara)

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