Happy birthday Tex Willer! The most iconic character in Italian comics turns 70 and Sergio Bonelli Editore celebrates the occasion by dedicating a big exhibition to him at the Museo della Permanente in Milan.
From 2 October to 27 January 2019, Tex. 70 anni di un mito is the most complete exhibition on a character who, more than just a fictitious creation, has become a real cult figure, crossing generations and national boundaries.
Created in 1948 by the inventive pair Gianluigi Bonelli and Aurelio Galleppini, the cowboy with the yellow shirt has never stopped exciting his readers, from the kids of yesterday, who grew up with his stories, to those of today.
This wild west hero has lived through many adventures in the thousands of comic books of varying formats which have been hitting the newsstands from 30 September 1948 onwards. With Indian tribes, outlaws to capture, his inseparable partners (Carson, his son Kit and Tiger Jack) and exhilarating rides on his faithful horse Dinamite.
The first Tex comic came out on 30 September 1948. The exhibition goes through the ranger’s exploits and with him the epic of the American frontier
A huge amount of material, referenced in the exhibition with drawings and rare material which in some cases has never seen before (including the first-ever sketch), photographs and personal items that once belonged to the authors (even Gianluigi Bonelli’s legendary typewriter), and themed installations specially designed for the event.
Visitors can relive the ranger’s epic deeds, and through him, the American frontier. And they can look back on Italian history, with newspaper front pages that tell the parallel adventures of the comics and Italy.
The exhibition, curated by the comic book historian Giovanni Bono, also has meet and greet sessions with the authors, artists and curators dedicated to the character and to the publisher. It was designed for both fans and also those who want to discover the world of the “Eagle of the Night” for the first time. Perhaps they will find out that, despite being 70 years old, Tex is still very modern.
© Sergio Bonelli Editore
Homepage: Painting of Tex by Claudio Villa
Cover: Drawing of Tex by Giovanni Ticci
Pag. 3: Tex Magazine 70 years, pictures by Claudio Villa
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