Who is Tex
To mention just a few, there's the beautiful voodoo priestess Loa, who is at first an ally of Mefisto and then allies herself with his son Yama in fighting against Tex, and then there's Maschera di Ferro (real name, the gambler Lola Fuente), who's the leader of an extortion gang in New Orleans, the fascinating Indian witch Mitla and the Chinese girl Ah-Toy, the head of a Chinese secret sect. They are beautiful, and lethal, but they are powerless against Tex!
But, of course, the representatives of the female sex in Tex aren’t always negative characters: on the contrary, some of them are truly memorable in terms of their temperament and courage as well as their alluring appearance.
This is the case, for instance, of Lena and her daughter Donna.
Lena used to be the girl-friend of Ray Clemmons, sheriff of Bannock – who was discovered by a young Kit Carson to be the covert head of the dreaded Band of the Innocents, a group of marauders that terrorized Montana with their raids and looting. As soon as Lena found out about her man’s criminal activity, she didn’t hesitate to side with Carson.
Similarly, Sergeant Torrence's Indian widow, Luna, is far from being a conventional portrayal of a woman. On account of the inflexible severity of Major Craig, who had issued orders for Indian wives of soldiers to be forcibly removed from anywhere near the troops, Sergeant Torrence spearheads a mass desertion among his men. A band of man-hunters working directly for the army then set out on their tracks. These ugly customers are veritable cut-throats, and what's more they've been given a license to kill, a murder permit. Tex's intervention averts a massacre, but not the death of the valiant sergeant. Later we meet Luna again in a dramatic situation, where her intervention actually turns out to be crucial in saving the life of Tex himself. It happens after Diablo Rojo Narvaez and his Yaquis, on a visit to the Navajo encampment, abduct a number of Yavapai women. In the attempt to free them, Tex is taken prisoner, but Luna shows great courage and even kills one of the captors, thereby giving the Ranger an opportunity to make a bid for freedom and defeat the Yaqui raiders
Also, while we're talking about plucky women, surely a special mention should be made of Elvira Montoya and her lady-in-waiting, the young Apache Sarita? The Montoyas are an ancient family who can trace their name in the area back for many generations: they cultivate a pronounced sense of honor - veritable puffed up nobled prejudice, in fact, as they are descendants of the conquistadores and are not at all happy about the relationship between Elvira and the matador Rafael Guerrero, a king in the arena but a plebeian by birth. When they discover that Elvira is carrying a child by Rafael, they resolve to kill him to get their revenge for what they see as wicked impiety committed against their bloodline. However, Elvira pleads her case gently and graciously, and Sarita likewise displays great dignity in bowing to the sufferings the Montoya brothers and their father inflict on her because of her allegiance to Doña Elvira.
Fiore di Luna, on the other hand, is the daughter of the Ute chief Naso Piatto, and she's also the woman who saves Kit Willer from the waters of the Little Colorado after he'd fallen into the river, injured and having lost his memory, following a shoot-out with a gang of smugglers. Given the name Tonkawa, meaning "brought by the river" in the Ute language, Kit has a short but intense love affair with Fiore di Luna, although the joy is taken out of their romance by a whole series of dramatic events: the murder of Naso Piatto at the hand of Corvo Nero, a Ute warrior who is his bitter enemy and is also Kit's rival in love, the war that breaks out against the Navajos because the finger is pointed at them as the ones responsible for Naso Piatto's death - and this conflict even pits Tex against his son, so that they find themselves "waging armed warfare against each other"; finally, the death of brave Fiore di Luna in the attempt to save her beloved Tonkawa from a bullet that was meant to be coming his way.
But now let us return to the genuinely bad heroines. Take : faithful readers will certainly remember her appearing on the scene beside her brother Steve, and her role in the gun-running operations in Mexico that the pair of them managed under cover of their artistic activity. But if Steve Dickart has risen to the top ranks of black magic, with the name of Mefisto, beautiful and unprincipled Lily had gone to ground and was nowhere to be found, at least until not long ago. But we meet her again in album nr. 501, where she is in the company of a strange aristocrat, half polished decadent gentleman and half unpredictable adventurer: Count Ivan Leonov. In nineteenth-century Paris Lily, by now a perfect high society lady, meets an Indian master of occult arts, capable of leading the departed from the world of shadows back to earthly life. She asks him to bring Mefisto back to life so that he can finally obtain his craved revenge. And then it's actually Lily herself who organizes the trap that is to ensnare the four pards: in fact, she plays a prominent role in this return of the sinister necromancer, a role that fully entitles her to figure as a genuine Evil Lady together with the titanic figure of Mefisto.