The first Tex Willer's adventure appears on September 30, 1948, as a "strip." The "first" Tex is an unwillingly outlaw man with a code of honour: to kill only for self-defence. Almost immediately, however, Tex becomes a ranger. Thanks to the marriage with the beautiful Indian Lilyth, he becomes head of the Navajos, known as "Eagle of the Night," and a defender of Indian laws. Tough, loyal, infallible with guns, enemy of prejudice and discrimination, Tex is very quick, and has a quite high disregard for rules.
Tex's closest friend in almost every adventure, since his enlistment as a ranger, is Kit Carson. A fundamental role has been held by Tex Willer's son, Kit Willer, and by the Navajo warrior Tiger Jack.
Other recurring characters include El Morisco (a kind of warlock-scientist of Arabian origin), the Mexican Montales (originally an outlaw that fought against a corrupted government, after he became a politician), the Canadian trapper Gros-Jean, the Irish boxer Pat Mac Ryan, the red coat Jim Brandon, police officer Tom Devlin, the Apache chief Cochise, and the wizard Navajo Red Cloud.
A TRUE native friend.
Comment: I just learned of this comic-book series from a Facebook friend. I haven't seen or read it.
But if you're like me, you may have noticed a few small flaws in the Tex Willer concept. Stay tuned for my analysis.
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Below: "I'm the Navajo chief and I'll shoot anyone who tries to take my headdress!"