Corto Maltese (whose name is possibly derived from the Venetian Corte Maltese – Courtyard of the Maltese, today Corte Contarini del Bovolo, next to Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo) is a laconic sea captain adventuring during the early 20th century (1900-1920s). A “rogue with a heart of gold”, he is tolerant and sympathetic to the underdog. Born in Valletta on July 10, 1887, he is a son of a British sailor from Cornwall and a gypsy Andalusian witch and prostitute known as “La Niña de Gibraltar”. As a boy growing up in the Jewish quarter of Córdoba, Maltese discovered that he had no fate line on his palm and therefore carved his own with his father’s razor, determining that his fate was his to choose. Although maintaining a neutral position, Corto instinctively supports the disadvantaged and oppressed. Corto Maltese’s character is based on a famous Polish adventurer, author and explorer Ossendowski, who collaborated with Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, among others.
Juan Díaz Canales and Rubén Pellejero from Spain will bring back Corto Maltese in 2015 in production with Caserman (Italy), Norma (Spain) y Rizzoli (Italy). They promise the story and grafics will be pleaseant for everybody. At the moment there are 12 novels in French and Italian, then followed by English.
This is one of the most delicate European comics, you can find the books and films both exquisite.
In my mind i trully believe that my dear Corto Maltese will be sailing in a Swam due his elegance and fantastic personality.