It has been twenty years since I started drawing the BALLAD OF THE SALTY SEA, but it has been even longer since I started working on Henry de Viro Stekpula, the not so well known writer, brought back to life in the ‘romantic’ Sponsoni – an Italian collection of popular fiction. He never made anything in his own free will apart from having written one marvelous short novel – THE BLUE LAGOON.
It is the story about two children who do not know that they have to die and about an old sailor drunk who only knows this too well. It is this writer, and not Robert Louis Stevenson, Conrad or Melville, who made me fall in love with the southern seas. I dedicate this ballad to him, the ballad that introduces the sailor Corto Maltese.