1956

Hondo

Hondo

Hondo was a character that proved extremely successful, and credit for his popularity is undoubtedly due to G. L. Bonelli's script, but also to the graphic ability of Franco Bignotti. The latter made his debut with this album, giving a very appealing characterization of this long-haired scout with a fringed jacket. The two authors succeeded in maintaining their readers' interest for no fewer than 117 albums (in the classical strip format). Even when the series was reprinted, in issues nr. 9-20 of Tutto West" (begun in 1988 and concluded in January 1989), the intrepid Hondo received a very affectionate welcome, which demonstrated the strength of this character and his ability to stand the test of time. Accompanied by the faithful Natanis, a cleverly rendered Apache figure, Hondo gradually took on the nature of a moderator between Indians and whites, a role that already characterized one of the most important figures created by G. L. Bonelli, namely Tex. His resolute will and his profound sense of justice made Hondo into one of the most-loved figures of the late 1950s, and although his adventures were interrupted in Italy in 1958, in France the long-haired hero lived on for several years after that, with artwork by Barbato. Some of these Transalpine adventures were presented to Italian readers in the now out-of-print issue number 11 of the historic Zenith Gigante collection (the same one that today hosts Zagor).