It is September 30, 1948 when, on Italian newsstands, debuts the first strip book of Tex the character created by Gianluigi Bonelli and graphically created by Aurelio Galleppini destined to become the most beloved hero of the Italian comic and one of the longest-lived of the world comic.
Seventy years later, Sergio Bonelli Editore celebrated the Ranger with a major exhibition entitled “TEX. 70 Years of a myth”, open from 2 October 2018 to 27 January 2019 at the Museo della Permanente in Milan and sponsored by the Municipality of Milan.
Curated by Gianni Bono, historian of Italian comics, in collaboration with the editorial staff of Sergio Bonelli Editore, the exhibition told how Texhas managed, year after year, not only to become part of the reading habits of Italians, conquering different generations, from 1948 to today thanks to his deep sense of justice and his innate generosity, but also to become a hero and a real costume phenomenon, a name that needs no introduction.
In the 70 years of its history, Tex, the adventurer, the ranger, the wise leader of the Navajos Indians, has lived epic and memorable stories, he has faced bandits and evildoers and saved unfairly persecuted Indian tribes, he has ridden on the dusty paths of the old West , as in the fiery deserts of Mexico and in the cold regions of the Great North. And unforgettable, of course, are the challenges with his everlasting enemy: Mephisto, the incarnation of evil.
Thanks to drawings, photographs, rare materials and through themed installations including an augmented reality application that allowed to discover the new Tex theme park and allowed visitors to admire from the balcony of the museum an unexpected panorama, that of the Grand Canyons, the exhibition, a tribute to the Eagle of the Night, retraced the epic of Tex Willer, which is also that of the American frontier: from its creation to the present day, going through the events and characters of the series and the extraordinary artists of the pencil and brush which made Tex the myth that we all know.