A History Lesson
Dagar the Desert Hawk was a golden-age character from the 1940’s which has entered the public domain. Dagar was a desert adventurer in the vein of Tarzan. He usually appeared wearing a traditional Bedouin robe much like Lawrence of Arabia, and might have even served as a contributing inspiration for Indiana Jones.
In our 're-imagined' version, which is still set in 1946 (around the same time the original Dagar was published), Dagar is a member of a task force known as the Desert Hawks, when becoming disillusioned with war in general, embraces Islam and takes up a new life as a nomadic desert warrior, dealing with threats ranging from those that are completely grounded (i.e. gangsters, corrupt policemen and Nazis) to those that are supernatural in nature.
Owing to the fact that the original character was written by non-Muslims who were unfamiliar with middle-eastern culture, the original Dagar adventures can be somewhat humorous as they depict an Arabia where people still use horses, women remain unveiled and men wear and amalgamation of western and middle-eastern clothing.
Sadly, we could go even further than this and add that the original comics, by today’s standards, were even racist and sexist; covers of the original comics regularly featured Ayesha (who in our version wears a niqab) and other scantily dressed Arabian women, telling stories of brutish one-dimensional Arabs.
As well as aiming to establish characters that are multi-layered, one of the things our concept of the character aims to do is embrace historical accuracy. In our story, Dagar, being a convert to Islam, takes his faith seriously by not only wearing nomadic garbs that were common at the time (indicating that he eschews the colonialism of the era) but by also being guided by the morality of his new-found religion.