#22 Dagar (the Desert Hawk)

| November 19, 2010 | 3 Comments

Yet another public domain character I’ve “RetroFixed.” I’ve been meaning to do this one for a while, but it took Gary’s Infidel to remind me that I had even considered doing this, so thanks, Gary!

Concept: I wanted to bring Dagar, the Desert Hawk into the new millennium, but with such a poor view of Muslims, I had to be very careful. The original character is stereotypical, especially in appearance, and I didn’t want that. I wanted to have a hero that could challenge reader’s thoughts about Muslims and the Middle East. I figured that since there’s not much out there about him, I could really add more.  Dagar, to me, is Sayid from Lost; total bad ass. The thin line to tread though is…is Dagar a villain simply because of his difference in philosophy? And then I realized my solution: Dagar would be a field leader for Pax Mundi.

Design: The headpiece of the original was a little too…I don’t know if stereotypical is the word to use again, but it just seems a little racist. So, I wanted to keep it modern. Nevertheless, he had to have a dagger.

I might have thought too hard about this, but I like it.  I hope everyone else digs it.

Art by Drew Moss!

Copyright © 2010, Vito Delsante.

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I'm not exactly sure what I should put here, so here goes. I'm a writer, written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, AdHouse Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others and his stories have been reprinted in other countries. Mostly concentrating on creator owned work right now, so the challenge suits me just fine. I live in Queens (Astoria/LIC), NY with my wife, Michelle, and two dogs, Kasey and Kirby. I'm not sure what else needs to be said, but I'm sure I'll keep changing this. Oh, here's something. I contribute to the Project Rooftop site. The RetroFix column was kind of my idea, so I feel like that experience will help me out here.

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  1. I could be convinced that this guy is as badass as Sayid.

  2. That’s the hope, Micah. He has a lot of potential, as a concept alone. The idea is to take the basic information the original had and update it for the modern audience.

  3. akhilesh dagar says:

    I love this image

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