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Directly from the pages of Good Ol' Uncle Martin official site, the "self-presentation" made by his creator...|
the presentation by Castelli
by Alfredo Castelli, the creator of Martin Mystery
Hi everybody. My name is Alfredo Castelli, and I am the faithful biographer of Martin Mystery, or - if you prefer - of "Good Olí Uncle Marty", as his many fans in Italy do affectionately call him.
Let me just add one thing: what I most appreciate in Martin is his ability to discover a "mystery" side in everything, not only in an Egyptian Pyramid or in a Mayan Temple (thatís easy!), but in an alley just around the corner, in a stranger he met on the subway, or in an old object he bought in a garage sale. My friend Martin is endowed with that rare gift that is the "sense of wonder"; his weltanschauung may be resumed in just five words: "Nothing is what it seems".
I wonder how Martinís adventures will be received in the U.S.: I do perfectly realize that his stories are very different from the ones American readers are used to. My friend Martinís tales are in fact novels in comic form, with lots of words to read, following a tradition inaugurated by American characters in the thirties (some "Brick Bradford" or "Phantom" episodes lasted for a year or so) and, oddly enough, forgotten in the U.S. and carried on in Italy.
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Will you get used to all this? Well, surely I hope so: because, following Martin Mystery, youíll have the possibility to discover a whole world of mysteries: just to arouse your curiosity, I compiled a list of facts and characters with whom Good Olí Uncle Martin has already dealt in his long Italian career (about 23,000 pages produced by now). Iím sure that you too, will be able to make their acquaintance if you have the goodness to continue and reading this series. I look forward to it, and, in the name of my royalties I thank you all.
Please, if you have suggestions, critics and question, feel free to write c/o this magazine: a "Mysterious Mail" column will begin next issue in these pages. Take care.