by Marco Migliori
translation by Derrick De Candia
Who created him? In 1979 Ennio Missaglia (1930-1993), an outgoing author, realizes Judas together with his brother Vladimiro and Ivo Pavone. Basically, just like every other Bonelli works published at that time, the series was a western. It was a western that seemingly took in consideration certain subjects that had already been asserted (the hero wasn't anymore "good"), presenting a peculiar character. In aspect unfortunately, the series suffers from many problems. The drawings seemed unsteady and at times rushed from the only two artist of the series. A scenery that at times seems to have been diluted just enough to cover all 96 pages. The dialogues, especially at the beginning, exaggerations marked the cynical behavior of the main character and the ruthlessness of his enemies; it was written in some many fragments that often appeared trivial and unrealistic. After the substantial failure of the series, the authors retried with the series of Gil.
Who's he? Behind Judas' antisocial but trustworthy gun fighter's image, lies in reality a beaten man. A rugged individual working for Pinkerton, who's hated by all his colleagues for being so intolerable with them and for his ability to use guns. His hatred for criminals is the frenzy that causes him to hunt down people, no dead or alive preference. His nickname, Judas, was given to him when he betrays his fellow crooks, who caused the death of his love (the beautiful Vivian). Bitterness and regret are the theme of a good part of the first albums, where his past was not even explained, until it was illustrated for the flashback sequence of Allan Pinkerton in n.6.
Who are his enemies? Basically without friends, if not counting admiration given from Allan Pinkerton, Scott is full of enemies. It's not only the criminals that he hunts down that hate him but even the company that surrounds him. Known by criminals who with scorn call him Judas, Alan Scott frequently finds himself in confronting cases where the persons that he's after had good reasons on their behalf. For instance, the case was such in the n.7, where Judas is after an Indian bounty killer who's seeking revenge. Differently from Tex, Judas remains on the side of the Law without finding solutions, and inevitably having at the end bitterness towards an unjust adventure.
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