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Corto Maltese Berlin Nights
Corto Maltese treads the cobblestones of Berlin for the first time. On his way to the police station, the sailor walks along Alexanderplatz. A place that has changed a lot since 1924.
Alexanderplatz – Ein Ort deutscher Geschichte. Parkland Verlag Stuttgart, 1980 (Auteur inconnu, domaine public)
Alexanderplatz – Ein Ort deutscher Geschichte. Parkland Verlag Stuttgart, 1980 (Auteur inconnu, domaine public)

“- Let me introduce you to another Adolf. Adolf Kern.

– We share only the name. Necessity sometimes forces us to accept unworthy work.

– I’ve seen worse. Besides, I find no interest in judging the people I meet.”

Roth, Adolf Kern and Corto Maltese

Corto Maltese, the adventurer of the 9th art

This is a great first for Corto Maltese. He treads the cobblestones of Berlin for a new adventure. The character created in 1967 by Hugo Pratt is an eternal adventurer. Born in Malta in 1887, the sailor travels the world from coast to coast. From Korea to Switzerland, from China to Argentina, through Russia, Tasmania, Yemen or Italy. It should be noted that his creator also loved to travel and was inspired by his stays in these countries to imagine the intrigues of his captain at sea.

Berlin during the Weimar Republic

Hugo Pratt died in 1995, so we had to wait twenty years to know his successor. An unpublished adventure, Under the midnight sun is signed Juan Dias Canales and Ruben Pellejero. They continue their work together onEquatoria and The day of Tarowean. For this album, Berlin Nights, the duo of Spanish authors brings Corto Maltese down from his boat for a story in the German capital during the Weimar Republic.

Alexanderplatz, Berlin’s central square

In 1924, the adventurer was accompanied by his friend Roth, a journalist at the Frankfurter Zeitung. They are in Berlin to find their former classmate Professor Jeremiah Steiner. The correspondent then introduces the actor Adolf Kern to Corto on the Alexanderplatz. Then, while going to the police station to have their residence permits validated, they discover with fear the photo of the scientist’s corpse. Then begins an investigation to find the murderer of their friend.

If it is difficult to recognize the Alexanderplatz, Berlin’s square, as Corto and Roth discovered it today, a few rare buildings have somewhat resisted the Allied bombings during the Second World War. Its reconstruction started in 1951 but was limited by a tight budget.

1967

It is in 1967 that Corto Maltese appears for the first time in the magazine Sgt. Kirk.

Corto Maltese Nocturnes berlinois (Casterman)
Corto Maltese Nocturnes berlinois (Casterman)

Alexanderplatz

Located in the centre of Berlin, Alexanderplatz is a square named after the Russian emperor Alexander I.

Formerly a market place, Alexanderplatz developed at the beginning of the 20th century thanks to the underground, the tramway and the train passing through it.

Destroyed for the most part during the Second World War, East Germany turned it into a showcase for the grandeur of socialism.

After the fall of the Wall, it underwent several restorations.

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By Damien Canteau

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

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