Thirteen lives of Hugo Pratt
“I do know thirteen different ways of re-telling my life, and I do not know whether there is a true way or if any of them is more accurate than the other”, explained Hugo Pratt in his autobiography El deseo de ser inútil (The desire to be useless) (Robert Laffont). He was born in Italy in 1927 and he spent all his childhood in Venice before meeting his military father in Ethiopia taken by Italy since 1935.
There he discovered and hated fascism and colonialism, he started to draw and found himself in the middle of the Second World War and enrolled with the German police from where he could escape to join the allies.
In 1949, at the age of 22, he took a ship to Argentina where he would live for more than ten years. He had already started his career as a draftsman with “l’Asso di Picche”, his first story published by an Italian magazine. He loved adventures and went around the world several times.
And thus he could nourish his imagination and characters from the meetings and discoveries. In Buenos Aires he drew several stories in some magazines: investigations of Detective Ray Kitt, Sargento Kirk, Ticonderoga, Ernie Pike.