Corto Maltese is the name of a small island off the coast of South America. It has been referenced in three non-canonical DC sources. Corto Maltese was the site of a rebel uprising in the second issue of the Frank Miller series, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Corto Maltese was also referenced in the 1989 Warner Bros. feature film, Batman. In the movie, journalist Vicki Vale spent time in Corto Maltese where she shot a series of gruesome photographs during another violent rebel uprising. Upon seeing Vale's work, the Joker glibly commented, "I don't know if its art... but I like it!". Corto Maltese was most recently quoted in Smallville Season 6, Episode 11 "Justice". Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) and his team of fellow super heroes (Aquaman, Cyborg, and Impulse) propostition Clark Kent to come with them to help break up one of Lex Luthor's operations targeting people with superhuman abilities. "Gentlemen our first target is a large facility on the island of Corto Maltese. You guys know the drill, wheels up in thirtyfive minutes." -Oliver Queen.
Corto Maltese is confirmed to exist in the mainstream DCU at the end of Time Masters #4, where there was a tossed-off reference in a newspaper headline: "More Arms to Corto Maltese."
The name Corto Maltese is named for a fictional adventurer created by Italian comic book writer, Hugo Pratt.
This is an in-universe article with out-of-universe material.
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