(ANSA) – VATICAN CITY, AUGUST 04 – The Jesuits pay homage to Tex Willer, the cowboy created in 1948 by the inspiration of Giovanni Luigi Bonelli and designed by Aurelio Galleppini, aka Galep. La Civiltà Cattolica dedicates an essay, signed by Father Giancarlo Pani, to Italian comics, the first issues of which are back on newsstands, in the characteristic striped format of the time. “Comics, especially in the post-war years, reflects an Italy marked by the consequences of the world conflict. A nation in crisis – reads the Jesuit magazine -, but determined to roll up its sleeves and recover economically and socially: it is not so much about speak of ‘a poor but beautiful Italy’, but rather of a nation humiliated yet full of energy, ambitious, creative and, in its own way, joyful “.
As for the merits attributed to the ‘gunman’, La Civiltà Cattolica highlights: “Tex immediately forgets the wrongs he has suffered and the treacherous blows, and is a true man, without ambiguity and hypocrisy: he defends the weak, the persecuted, respects traditions, and fine is also smart enough to resolve a contrast with copious mugs of beer. ” The newspaper also carries a statement by the character reflecting “respect and tolerance”: “Don’t make the mistake of believing that all Indians are cruel, and only eager to pick scalps. They are men like us and their difference is in the color of the head. There are good Indians and there are, of course, also bad Indians. But if you treat them as your equals, and not as savages, you will never regret it. “
Tex is therefore “the new man who transfers Italian anxieties to the Far West, but without ever accepting a salvation made up of ‘stars and stripes'”. As for the murders that occur in the stories, “when Tex shoots and kills, he does it in self-defense, and he doesn’t hit anyone if he can be disarmed”. (HANDLE).
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