Analysis of TEX WILLER
Best friends in TEX WILLER
The TEX WILLER comics
Now Julie Jennings, a Native colleague who lives in Italy, has reviewed them. Her comments are similar to mine:
How I Came to Know Tex Willer, Italian Comic Book Hero of the Old American West
By Julianne Jennings
Claudia Haddad (Mi’kmaq) has a different perspective. She says, “Tex offers an unreal prejudicial belief of white superiority by race and gender through cartoon illustration of militant devotion and glorification of colonization, and fanatical patriotism. It’s all about them and not about us!”
Tex had a son, named Kit Willer (who would become a ranger too), by a woman, named Lilith, the daughter of a Navajo Chief (she would later die of smallpox). Later, Tex himself went on to become the Chief of the Navajo tribe, known as Eagle of the Night. By using the character name Lilith the author is perpetuating an unproven Christian myth of Adam’s first wife (also named Lilith), who was put away for flagrant adultery, thus implying the Chief’s daughter was also an adulteress, and by extension, all Indian women.