We had a brief conversation this afternoon with Howard Jurofsky of Heavy Metal. He says that they will be publishing the first CORTO MALTESE book, THE BALLAD OF THE SALTY SEA, and see how it goes before doing any more of the books. The book will be in the 6 x 9 format, smaller than previous U.S editions or the “album” size usually seen worldwide. Jurofsky says they also hope to use the English translation as opposed to the much-maligned translation used in the NBM editions.
Heavy Metal already has many relationships in place with French publishers, and that’s how this deal came about.
More details when they become available.
UPDATE: We’re going to assemble a more definitive FAQ on this, but several people have pointed out that when NBM published THE BALLAD OF THE SALTY SEA, they used the translation from the English Harvill edition which goes for $132 on eBay. So there is only ONE English translation available and it is one that has been widely praised.