Dago (real name Cesare Renzi) is a comics character created in 1983 by Paraguayan writer Robin Wood and Argentine artist Alberto Salinas, for the Italian magazine Lanciostory. In 1996 Salinas was replaced by Carlos Gómez to draw the monthly series. The stories have been also published in most South American countries, as well as in Spain.
Dago tells the story a 16th-century Venetian nobleman who is betrayed and stabbed in the back by his best friend as part of a political plot during which his family is murdered and framed for treason. He is found adrift in the sea with the dagger still in his back by an Ottoman ship whose crewmembers save him, enslave him and baptize him "Dago" in reference to the dagger that, like a mother, gives him a new life as a slave. As he realizes he's still alive, he swears vengeance on the four men that took part in the conspiracy to destroy his family.
As a slave, he passes through several stages of the slave trade. He eventually becomes a rebel leader fighting for the Arab rebels in the desert against the Empire only to be captured and become a slave once again. He saves Barbarossa's life which leads him to become a Janissary and eventually the Vizier's right-hand man. Later he's sent as a special envoy to the French Court, guarding a fortune in gold and jewels to be used as a bribe for King Francis who will use it as funds for his war against Spain. Dago participates in several battles and political plots defending the King from common enemies. This leads to his taking part in the Sack of Rome (1527) first as an invader and, later, as a defender of the city.
He has many romantic and sexual relationships throughout his life, including a fairly passionate affair with the French King's sister Marguerite, but they always end with the woman's death or his parting, moving on with his missions and voyages. He has at least one son, the result of a short-lived relationship with the daughter of a leader of a caravan on the Silk Route, prophesied to be a great warrior and leader in the future but fated to never meet his father.
After obtaining his revenge, he continues to travel around Europe, America, Africa and Asia, meeting several famous characters of history, but always living a solitary life.
- (Italian) Dago on ubcfumetti.com
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