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About the author:
The creator of Zorro, Johnston McCulley (1883-1958) was born in Ottowa, Illinois, and raised in the neighboring town of Chilicothe. He began his writing career as a police reporter and became a prolific fiction author, filling thousands of pages of popular pulp magazines.
Southern California became a frequent backdrop for his fiction. His most notable use of the locale was in his adventures of Zorro, the masked highwayman who defended a pueblo’s citizens from an oppressive government.
He contributed to popular magazines of the day like Argosy, Western Story Magazine, Blue Book, Detective Story Magazine, and Rodeo Romances. Many of his novels were published in hardcover and paperback. Eventually he branched out into film and television screenplays.
His stable of series characters included The Crimson Clown, Thubway Tham, The Green Ghost, and The Thunderbolt. Zorro proved to be his most popular and enduring character, becoming the subject of numerous television programs, motion pictures, comic books, and cartoon programs.
McCulley assigned all Zorro rights to agent Mitchell Gertz, and retired to Los Angeles. McCulley passed away in 1958.
The Sign of Zorro
Bold Venture Press presents The Sign of Zorro, a full-length adventure from 1941, never reprinted since its original publication.
In Reina de los Angeles they no longer whisper of Señor Zorro— The Fox. For he rides no more; his sword no longer serves the oppressed. And that languorous dandy, Don Diego Vega, fritters the days away, caught in a real and terrible apathy. The sudden and tragic death of his wife has left him without any urge to don his black cloak and mask; and his father, Don Alejandro Vega, is seriously disturbed.
If only his son would return to full life; if only Zorro would ride again ....
Then, through Bardoso, the one-time pirate, Don Diego receives word that the beautiful Senorita Panchita Canchola desperately needs the aid of Señor Zorro. Don Vicente, her brother, now the man of the household, is the dupe of a clever scoundrel, whose sinister plans threaten the Governor of California.
So Zorro lives again .... And this time he must preserve the life of the man who has sworn to capture him!
This edition includes ten Zorro short stories from West magazine. In the introduction, John E. Petty examines Zorro collectibles across the decades.
- Publication Date:
- 1540700704 / 9781540700704
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White with Bleed
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Action & Adventure