This amusing series was sparked off by a decidedly original idea of G. L. Bonelli's: two cowboys (handsome Terry and the brawny Bronco Bill), on holiday in Africa, are hired by a friend's father to defend the construction works involved in building a new railroad, which is being boycotted by unknown persons. The uproarious western twosome, whose exploits are set in a rather unusual framework, are caught up in a whole host of action-packed adventures in which the Western genre blends with the exotic. The artwork was created by Francesco Gamba, an illustrator belonging to the traditional school with clearly-depicted and attractive illustrations, that would later become the mainstay of "Il piccolo Ranger".
BIG DAVY (1957)
A short-lived but interesting series that presented the adventures of Davy Crockett, one of the legendary figures of American history, constantly accompanied by his faithful carbine "Betsy". The script was by G. L. Bonelli, with artwork by Renzo Calegari, the latter being still somewhat of a neophyte in this field but already very adept at rendering the atmosphere and feel of that epic world. One curiosity: the series bore the title "Big Davy" because, at that time, there was already another series on the market that featured the complete name of the legendary Crockett.
This character was based on the figure (a true historical person) of the Chiricahua Apache chief, Cochise. G. L. Bonelli, with his usual skillfulness, built up a series of exciting adventures around this figure, freeing him from the grit of history (as he had already done with Kit Carson in Tex) and enabling him to live a life of his own full of action and unexpected developments, always determined to defend his own people against the overweening power of whites and any other enemy. Excellent artwork was provided for this series by Emilio Uberti, who was graphically inspired by the great Burne Hogart, the illustrator of Tarzan. Uberti also designed the covers of the strip albums.
LA PATTUGLIA DEI BUFALI (1957)
To defend the buffalo and therefore also the rights of the Indians of the great prairies, Dix Leroy, a former cavalry officer, founded the "Buffalo Patrol". The proper translation of this title into Italian should have been 'La pattuglia dei bisonti', but perhaps to harmonise with the original title it became "La Pattuglia dei Bufali". Dix is accompanied by all sorts of individuals, in particular old Buddy Crock, a former army mate of Leroy's, brawny Big Max and the comical Tobias G. Tobias, called "Moschito", who is very deft at throwing the boomerang. The series was created by Roy d'Amy, once again valiantly assisted by his best pupils, especially Giovanni Ticci and Renzo Calegari. D'Amy himself, in 1975, designed the covers for the reprint of the series, after a prolonged period away from the world of comics. In fact, "La Pattuglia dei Bufali" was the last series to which D'Amy contributed, before turning from his work as an illustrious author into a publishing agent and then a publisher in his own right.
Yado is the son of a Paiute witch doctor who, in order to prevent the sachem of his tribe from killing a white woman, decided to marry her and was then sent into exile together with her, where he brought Yado up in the native tradition. The young Yado thus grew to have immense magic powers, and shaped his life around the aim of seeking revenge for the hostile treatment meted out to his parents. The protagonist is always accompanied by the faithful Kerr, a coyote, and the stallion Hund, and thanks to his magic powers Yado is able to communicate with both of these animals as if they were human beings. Written by G. L. Bonelli and graphically rendered by Francesco Gamba, the story gives vent to Bonelli's never-ending love for magic and the esoteric, which he later sporadically transferred to Tex as well.
ROCKY STAR (1957)
A short western tale for which Andrea Lavezzoli wrote the scripts and Francesco Gamba created the artwork. Accused of a murder he did not commit, the likeable and free-and-easy Rocky confronts bandits and Indians but always with a smile on his lips and a friendly joke. He is constantly surrounded by beautiful girls, all of whose hopes for romance are, however, dashed as at the end of the story Rocky wins the hand of a blond school-teacher he met in the first episode.
SILVER SQUIK (1957)
This comic series, which appeared as an appendix to Kociss, is set in America shortly after freedom from the English yoke had been won. It presents the adventures of a mixed bunch of characters, headed by the very young Silver Squik, and has a number of features that could be described as grotesque. Both the scripts and the artwork were created by Onofrio Bramante.
UN RAGAZZO NEL FAR WEST (1958)
IL PICCOLO RANGER (1958)
GIUBBA ROSSA (1959)
JOE BRETELLA (1959)
This minimal stories, full of humor, which looked rather like a strip or a something on a back cover, appeared as an appendix to the fortnightly issue of Tex and bore the unmistakable strokes penned by Luciano Capitanio. Set in a rather nondescript Far West and based on the character of Joe Bretella, these simple gags had a fixed structure in which the protagonist teaches little Tom what life is really like. But Tom is a smart kid and he invariably ends up getting the better of the supposedly older and wiser Joe.