Since 1996 there is a spin-off from Redbeard series, called The Young Years of Redbeard, created by different authors than the main series: the scenario is by Christian Perrissin and the artist is Daniel Redondo.
These stories deal with Redbeard's youth before he was a pirate and how he decided to become one. His name is given as Jean-Baptiste Cornic, a servant of the French king. Also explained is how he lost his eye.
FRALa Jeunesse de Barbe-Rouge - T01 - Les Frères de la Côte.pdf | 61 MB | LINK: http://sh.st/YVYcN
La Jeunesse de Barbe-Rouge - T02 - La Fosse aux Lions.pdf | 61 MB | LINK: http://sh.st/YVYmd
La Jeunesse de Barbe-Rouge - T03 - Le Duel des Capitaines.pdf | 44 MB | LINK: http://sh.st/YVYRO
La Jeunesse de Barbe-Rouge - T04 - L'ile du démon rouge.pdf | 42 MB | LINK: http://sh.st/YVYSr
La Jeunesse de Barbe-Rouge - T05 - Les mutinés de Port-Royal.pdf | 60 MB | LINK: http://sh.st/YVYJI