As a character Tex belongs to the world of Wild West, he very often finds himself caught up in adventures that take him almost beyond the boundaries of reality, into "Twilight Zone" adventures.
Tex is a tough guy with a strong own sense of justice, and he is a ranger. Tex fights against outlaws, unscrupulous landowners, corrupt politicians and wheeler-dealers. He is a defender of the weak and the oppressed, and he's always been staunchly anti-racist, and a friend of the Indians, which is amazing for a character created in 1948! By marrying an Indian and throwing his lot in with the Native Americans, Tex prefigured the anti-racist themes of 1970s Westerns. And this is another demonstration of how great this serial is.
Skills and Abilities:
Tex's most notorious skill is his uncanny aim, over the years he has shown to be able to shot with extreme accuracy with both pistols and rifles. He's fully ambidextrous and capable of handling two pistols at once with ease. Among his most spectacular feats he was able to shot down six coins on the top six poles with riding at full speed.
Quite obviously Tex his also a incredibly skilled rider, having fully mastered the technique to drive a horse using only the legs and to remain attached while dangling from the side of the animal. Also Tex is famous from his incredibly powerful punches, usually described as "like a mule's kick". This ability is frequently used as a interrogation tool, having Tex punching the suspect until he confess.
Another important skill of Tex is tracking, he is capable of following trail several days old. While he never had any from of formal education Tex has a extensive knowledge of the natural world, especially regarding the habits of animals, obtained through years of careful observation during his travels. Tex is fluent in both Spanish and Navajo.
Tex had a son, named 'Kit Willer' with a Native American woman, named Lilyth, the daughter of a Navajo Chief. Later, Tex himself went on to become the Chief of the Navajo tribe.
|Tex Willer - the Italian Comics Hero|
Tex was created by writer Gian Luigi Bonelli and artist Aurelio Galleppini (better known by his nom-de-plum, Galep) in 1948. Tex was created alongside another character called "Occhio Cupo" (Dark Eye), a dashing swordsman in the style of Alexandre Dumas. Originally Occhio Cupo was meant to be the main character and Tex was to have more of secondary role, but his incredible success changed the situation, and Occhio Cupo was abandoned after just a few issues.
Tex's publication has always been a sort of family affair. The first publisher was Tea Bonelli, Gianluigi's wife, and later their son Sergio took over the business.
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