1952

Gordon Jim

Gordon Jim

The plot of this series, set in the United States, unfolds against a background of the struggle between France and England for possession of the North American territories (and thus it takes place towards the end of the seventeenth century). The protagonist is Gordon Jim, a young Scotsman, belonging to the noble clan of the Argylls, the sworn enemy of the English family of the Sutherlands. Because of the deceitful behavior by a member of the latter family, Gordon Jim, wrongly accused of murder, is forced to abandon his homeland and seek shelter in America. Here he has a sequence of adventures in the company of a group of well characterized figures (as was customary for Roy d'Amy, the author of the series, whose ability to portray choral action had already been displayed in the "Mani in Alto!" series). And so we see the brawny Mac Hardy skillfully finding his way amid a thousand dangers, together with his grand-son (the stammering Semedimela), the likeable Dirty pan (constantly tormented by a shrewish battle-axe who wants to become his wife), the sweet Miss Arabel (in love with Gordon Jim), the little Tartufo with his faithful polecat Eulalia, and a multitude of other characters. The blend of historical events and imaginary situations gave our heroes' adventures "an extra gear" that made them extremely amusing (and attractive) to young readers of that period, to the point that once the story had come to an end, the series was reprinted several times. The characters themselves had an aura of enormous fascination, but what really left a lasting impression were the splendid illustrations by Roy d'Amy (in some cases with the collaboration of another great comic strip artist, Gino d'Antonio). The elegant military uniforms, the folkloristic head-dresses of the Indian tribes of the North-West, the dark brooding forests and the landscapes of lakes and water offered the author an opportunity to compose some of the finest pages that ever appeared in Italian adventure comics.