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|Created in 1961 by editor Sergio Bonelli (using the pseudonym Guido Nolitta) and artist Gallieno Ferri this western series has proved very popular in it's native Italy where it is still being published today.|
|The origin of
the character starts with young Patrick Wilding who is
the only survivor from a vicious attack by a band of
Abenaki Indians that kill the rest of his family.
Seeking vengeance, the child grows up in the Darkwood forest and takes the name of Za-Gor-Te-Nay (this name means "the spirit with the warhammer"). When reaching adulthood, Zagor finds the man who lead the tribe of Abenaki Indians and kills him, only to find that his father whilst in the Army had slaughtered many indians without mercy.
|Vowing to help the weak and oppressed no matter what race they are from, Zagor is joined by humour relief Cico to aid in peace and justice in the forest.|
Although having no knowledge of the supernatural, Zagor does posses great strength and also carries guns when it is necessary.
|Borrowing ideas from Tarzan (Zagor swings on vines and has an unmistakable yell), the Lone Ranger (the western setting and the desire for vengeance after his family is killed), and the Phantom (Zagor lives in the forest in a specially constructed hut in the centre of a swamp), the character appears in his own monthly title as well as regularly appearing in albums and specials.|
I came across the character when I purchased a copy of Zagor contro il Re delle Aquile which was released in 2001 as part of the characters' 40th anniversary.
There are a several Italian web sites on the character - one of the best and most informative is Darkwood Online.
With thanks to Alexander A. J. Heinemann for assistance.
Other comic-related sites I maintain are:
Wildwood Cemetery: The Spirit Database - a site looking at Will Eisner's creation, The Spirit, including information on the characters, creators and storylines.
Master Man - a page looking at this Captain Marvel wannabee.