Guy Williams, possibly the best known ZorroReal Name: Don Diego Vega

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Caballero

Affiliations: Fray Felipe / Bernado, Sir Edmund Kendel, Toronada;
(Topps / Image Comics) Lady Rawhide

Enemies: Alcalde, Captain Ramon, Sergeant Gonzales, Don Luis Quintero
(Topps / Image Comics) Dracula

Known Relatives: Alejandro Vega (father); Elena Felicidad (mother)
(Son of Zorro, 1925) Don Q (son)
(Zorro, the Gay Blade, 1980) Bunny Wigglesworth (brother)
(Zorro and Son, 1983) Carlos de la Vega (son, a.ka. Zorro Jr.)
(Mask of Zorro, 1998) Esperanza de la Vega (wife, deceased) Elena Montero (daughter), Alejandro Murrieta (son-in-law), Joaquín (grandson)

Aliases: The Fox, Diego de la Vega (amended name from the Disney TV version on)

Base of Operations: Pueblo de Los Angeles, Southern California, c.1820s

First Appearance: "The Curse of Capistrano", All-Story Weekly Volume 100, #2 (August 9th,1919)

Powers/Abilities: A master swordsman, particularly good at fencing. He is also skilled with a whip. In addition he is a master horseman, extremely fit, and very acrobatic.

History: Born in Madrid in 1793, Diego Vega emigrated to America with his parents Alejandro Vega and Elena Felicidad soon after his birth. They settled in California, becoming rich land owners, and although Diego returned to Spain to study art and science at Madrid University, and to learn fencing from the English knight Sir Edmund Kendel, he always considered California his home.

Back in America things had taken a turn for the worse. The ruthless Alcalde gained power in California, and used his position of influence to exploit and rob the poor people of the area. Alerted to this by his father, Diego returned home. Knowing that open opposition might bring disaster down on his family, Diego passed himself off as a fop, while secretly adopting the masked identity of El Zorro (the Fox), a bandit in black upon the black stallion Toronada, who stood up for truth and justice against the oppressors. While his friend Felipe (a.k.a Bernado) pretended to be a deaf mute and thus spy on Alcalde for his master, Diego would venture out from the caves underneath his father's Hacienda to strike terror into his enemies.

Fairbanks as ZorroComments: Created by Johnston McCulley, a former newspaper crime reporter who had turned his hand to writing. The first Zorro story, The Curse of Capistrano debuted in 1919 in the pulp magazine All-Story Weekly. Though the original look (below, right) for the hero was slightly different from the one which he would become best known for, many of the major components were in place - the mask, cape and sword.

Curse ended with Zorro unmasking (in the second to last chapter), and revealing to everyone in the pueblo of Los Angeles, as well as the readers, that the Fox was Don Diego. It seems clear that no sequel was planned. Perhaps this might have been Zorro's sole appearance, had Hollywood not intervened. In 1920 the silent movie, an adaption of Curse called The Mark of Zorro was made, with Douglas Fairbanks as the hero. Zorro became a household name, and the public demanded more adventures. Publishers Grosset and Dunlap re-released Curse under the title The Mark of Zorro to tie in with the movie. Two years later McCulley bowed to demands, and The Further Adventures of Zorro was released in Argosy Magazine. McCulley would continue to write Zorro stories on and off until his death in 1958, the year after the Walt Disney tv series which made his character a world-wide phenomenon debuted. The final story written by McCulley, The Mask of Zorro, was published after his death, early in 1959.

Zorro on the Printed Page


In all McCulley wrote some 65 additional tales of his masked rider spread over 40 years. The list of McCulley's Zorro's stories included below may not be complete:

  1. Zorro's original appearanceThe Curse of Capistrano, 5 episodes, appeared in All-Story Weekly Volume 100, #2 through Volume 101, #2 (August 9th 1919 to September 6th 1919)
  2. The Further Adventures of Zorro, 6 episodes, appeared in Argosy, Volume 142 #4 through Volume 143 #3 (May 6th 1922 to June 10th 1922)
  3. Zorro Rides Again, 4 episodes, Argosy Vol. 224 #3 through Vol.224 #6 (October 3rd 1931 to October 24th 1931)
  4. Zorro Saves A Friend, Argosy Vol. 234 #1 (November 12th, 1932)
  5. Zorro Hunts A Jackal, Argosy Vol. 237 #6 (April 22nd, 1933)
  6. Zorro Deals With Treason, Argosy Vol 249 # 2 (August 18th, 1934)
  7. Zorro Hunts By Night, Cavalier Classics Vol 1, #2 (September 1940)
  8. The Sign of Zorro, 5 episodes, Argosy  Vol. 305 #2 through Vol. 305 #6 (January 25th, 1941 to February 22nd, 1941)
  9. Zorro Draws A Blade, West Vol. 56 #2 (July 1944)
  10. Zorro Upsets A Plot, West Vol. 56 #3 (September 1944)
  11. Zorro Strikes Again, West Vol 57 #1 (November 1944)
  12. Zorro Saves A Herd, West Vol. 57 #2 (January 1945)
  13. Zorro Rides the Gauntlet, West Vol. 57 #3 (March 1945)
  14. Zorro Fights A Duel, West Vol 58 #1 (May 1945)
  15. Zorro Opens A Cage, West Vol. 58 No. 2  (July 1945)
  16. Zorro Prevents A War, West Vol. 58 No. 3 (September 1945)
  17. Zorro Fights A Friend, West Vol. 59 No. 1 (October 1945)
  18. Zorro's Hour Of Peril, West Vol. 59 No. 2 (November 1945)
  19. Zorro Slays A Ghost, West Vol. 59 No. 3 (December 1945)
  20. Zorro Frees Some Slaves, West Vol. 60 No. 1 (January 1946)
  21. Zorro's Double Danger, West Vol. 60 No. 2 (February 1946)
  22. Zorro's Masquerade, West Vol. 60 No. 3 (March 1946)
  23. Zorro Stops A Panic, West Vol. 61 No. 1 (April 1946)
  24. Zorro's Twin Perils, West Vol. 61 No. 2 (May 1946)
  25. Zorro Plucks A Pigeon, West Vol. 61 No. 3 (June 1946)
  26. Zorro Rides At Dawn, West Vol. 62 No. 1 (July 1946)
  27. Zorro Takes The Bait, West Vol. 62 No. 2 (August 1946) - written by Johnston Steele
  28. Zorro Raids A Caravan, West Vol. 62 No. 3 (October 1946)
  29. Zorro's Moment Of Fear, West Vol. 63 No. 3 (January 1947)
  30. Zorro Saves His Honor, West Vol. 64 No. 1 (February 1947)
  31. Zorro And The Pirate, West Vol. 64 No. 2 (March 1947)
  32. Zorro Beats the Drum, West Vol. 64 No. 3 (April 1947)
  33. Zorro's Strange Duel, West Vol. 65 No. 1 (May 1947)
  34. A Task for Zorro, West Vol. 65 No. 2 (June 1947)
  35. Zorro's Masked Menace, West Vol. 65 No. 3 (July 1947)
  36. Zorro Aids An Invalid, West Vol. 66 No. 1 (August 1947)
  37. Zorro Saves An American, West Vol. 66 No. 2 (September 1947)
  38. Zorro Meets A Rogue, West Vol. 66 No. 3 (October 1947)
  39. Zorro Races With Death, West Vol. 67 No. 1 (November 1947)
  40. Zorro Fights For Peace, West Vol. 67 No. 2 (December 1947)
  41. Zorro Starts The New Year, West Vol. 67 No. 3 (January 1948)
  42. Zorro Serenades A Siren, West Vol. 68 No. 1 (February 1948)
  43. Zorro Meets A Wizard, West Vol. 68 No. 2 (March 1948)
  44. Zorro Fights With Fire, West Vol. 68 No. 3 (April 1948)
  45. Gold For A Tyrant, West Vol. 69 No. 1 (May 1948)
  46. The Hide Hunter, West Vol. 69 No. 2 (July 1948)
  47. Zorro Shears Some Wolves, West Vol. 69 No. 3 (September 1948)
  48. The Face Behind The Mask, West Vol. 70 No. 1 (November 1948)
  49. Hangnoose Reward, West Vol. 70 No. 3 (March 1949)
  50. Zorro's Hostile Friends, West Vol. 71 No. 1 (May 1949)
  51. Zorro's Hot Tortillas, West Vol. 71 No. 2 (July 1949)
  52. An Ambush For Zorro, West Vol. 71 No. 3 (September 1949)
  53. Zorro Gives Evidence, West Vol. 72 No. 1 (November 1949)
  54. Rancho Marauders, West Vol. 72 No. 2 (January 1950)
  55. Zorro's Stolen Steed, West Vol. 79 No. 3 (March 1950)
  56. Zorro Curbs A Riot, West Vol. 73 No. 3 (September 1950)
  57. The Three Strange Peons, West Vol. 74 No. 1 (November 1950)
  58. Zorro Nabs A Cutthroat, West Vol. 74 No. 2 (January 1951)
  59. Zorro Gathers Taxes, West Vol. 74 No. 3 (March 1951)
  60. Zorro's Fight For Life, West Vol. 74 No. 2 (July 1951)
  61. The Mask of Zorro, Short Stories for Men Vol. 221 No. 2 (April 1959)

After McCulley died, others have occasionally turned their hands to writing Zorro books.

There was a novelisation The Mask of Zorro to tie in with the 1998 movie, written by James Luceno. Following this, Tor Books released a short series of new, original stories

There was also a series of books aimed at younger readers, also kicked off by the 1998 movie:

Seven adventure novels for middle readers were written by Sandra Curtis, V.P. of Creative Development of Zorro Productions, Inc. The titles include:

D.J.Arneson also re-wrote two of the original Zorro stories for younger readers:

Moonstone Publishing recently announced plans for a new prose Zorro short story collection.


In 1949 Dell Comics brought out the first Zorro comics. Printed in Four-Color (which was eventually renamed Zorro), they initially adapted the novels. The Dell series is considered somewhat of a classic, with art by the great Alex Toth. Fifteen issues were produced, which have been reprinted in a hardback anthology in 1988 by Eclipse Comics as Complete Classic Adventures of Zorro, and in paperback anthology by Image Comics in 1999 under the same title.

  1. Four-Color #882

  2. Four-Color #920

  3. Four-Color #933

  4. Four-Color #960

  5. Four-Color #976

  6. Four-Color #1003

  7. Four-Color #1037

  8. Zorro #8

  9. Zorro #9

  10. Zorro #10

  11. Zorro #11

  12. Zorro #12

  13. Zorro #13

  14. Zorro #14

  15. Zorro #15

After Dell, Gold Key produced 9 issues of a Zorro comic in 1966. As well as the aforementioned 1988 reprint, Eclipse also released Zorro in Old California. Marvel was next with a Zorro title in 1990 - it lasted 12 issues. Of recent years Topps Comics probably made the biggest impact. In 1993 they released 12 issues (#0 to #11) of a Zorro title, as well as Dracula vs.Zorro, a 2 issue mini-series. They also created a female counterpart and ally for Zorro, Lady Rawhide, who spun off into 11 issues of her own (two series of five issues each, plus a special). Image Comics produced a tie-in with the movie, The Mask of Zorro, and also reprinted much of the Topps work in the late 1990s. Then Americomics released two one-off Zorro specials in 2002, Hand of Zorro and Sword of Zorro.

Zorro also had his own newspaper strip (daily and Sunday strips) for two years, distributed by Creator's Syndicate. It was written by Don McGregor and drawn by Thomas Yeates.

A Summary of Zorro on the screen



Actor playing Zorro

Year released

The Mark of Zorro

Cinema (silent movie)

Douglas Fairbanks


Don Q, Son of Zorro

Cinema (silent movie)

Douglas Fairbanks (actually playing Zorro's son)


The Bold Caballero

Cinema (first colour movie from Republic)

Robert Livingstone


Zorro Rides Again

Cinema (12 part Republic serial)

John Carroll


Zorro's Fighting Legion

Cinema (12 part Republic serial)

Reed Hadley


The Mark of Zorro


Tyrone Power


Zorro's Black Whip

Cinema (12 part Republic serial)

Linda Serling (the female Zorro)


Son of Zorro

Cinema (13 part Republic serial)

George Turner


Ghost of Zorro

Cinema (12 part Republic serial)

Clayton Moore (better known as TV's Lone Ranger)


Walt Disney's Zorro

Television series

Guy Williams


The Sign of Zorro

Cinema (made from TV episodes)

Guy Williams


Zorro the Avenger

Cinema (made from TV episodes)

Guy William


La Venganza del Zorro

Cinema (Italian/French movie)

Frank Latimore (with Zorro being Don José de la Torre)



Cinema (French movie)

Alain Delon


The Mark of Zorro

TV movie

Frank Langella


Zorro, the Gay Blade

Cinema movie (comedy)

George Hamilton


The New Adventures of Zorro

Cartoon (Filmation for CBS Saturday)

Henry Darrow


Zorro and Son

Television series (Disney for CBS, comedy)

Henry Darrow as Don Diego; Paul Regina as Carlos de la Vega, Zorro Jr.



Television series (international co-production)

Duncan Regehr


The Legend of Zorro

Cartoon (Italian series)





Michael Gough


The Mask of Zorro


Anthony Hopkins as Don Diego; Antonio Banderas as his successor, Alejandro Murrieta


As stated above, the 1920 Fairbanks' movie The Mark of Zorro was instrumental in giving the character the exposure it needed to ensure longevity, and as a direct result Zorro returned to the written page. Meanwhile in the cinema, Fairbanks also returned to the Zorro fold, this time playing Don Q, Son of Zorro. Others soon followed. Republic produced five serials between 1937 and 1949, while Tyrone Power donned the mask in a talkie remake of Fairbanks' The Mark of Zorro in 1940.

Zorro made it to television in 1957, when Walt Disney cast Guy Williams in the part. He played the part for three seasons and 82 half-hour episodes between 10th October 1957 and 2nd April 1961. Two cinema movies, edited together from episodes of the series, were released: The Sign of Zorro (1958) and Zorro, the Avenger (1960). The show made lasting alterations to the legend, changing Diego Vega to Diega de la Vega, and altering how he hid his identity - in the books everyone knew he was a good swordsman, so Diego acted as a boor and bigot, rude and snobbish to those below him in the social strata; in the series Diego was a likable but apparently ineffectual fop. Shown across the world, it's opening theme introduced Zorro to legions of new fans: "Out of the night, when the full moon is bright, comes a horseman known as Zorro. This bold renegade carves a Z with his blade, a Z that stands for Zorro. Zorro, the fox so cunning and free. Zorro, who makes the sign of the Z." The show's success would have meant it went on longer, if not for a dispute between Disney and ABC.

Disney's Zorro

  1. Presenting Senor Zorro

  2. Zorro's Secret Passage

  3. Zorro Rides to the Mission

  4. The Ghost of the Mission

  5. Zorro's Romance

  6. Zorro Saves a Friend

  7. Monastario Sets a Trap

  8. Zorro's Ride into Terror

  9. A Fair Trial

  10. Garcia's Secret Mission

  11. Double Trouble for Zorro

  12. Zorro, Luckiest Swordsman Alive

  13. The Fall of Monastario

  14. Shadow of Doubt

  15. Garcia Stands Accused

  16. Slaves of the Eagle

  17. Sweet Face of Danger

  18. Zorro Fights His Father

  19. Death Stacks the Deck

  20. Agent Of The Eagle

  21. Zorro Springs a Trap

  22. The Unmasking of Zorro

  23. The Secret of the Sierra

  24. The New Commandante

  25. The Fox and the Coyote

  26. Adios, Senor Magistrado

  27. The Eagle's Brood

  28. Zorro by Proxy

  29. Quintana Makes a Choice

  30. Zorro Lights a Fuse

  31. The Man with the Whip

  32. The Cross of the Andes

  33. The Deadly Bolas

  34. The Well of Death

  35. The Tightening Noose

  36. The Sergeant Regrets

  37. The Eagle Leaves the Nest

  38. Bernardo Faces Death

  39. The Eagle's Flight

  40. Welcome to Monterey (Start of Season 2)

  41. Zorro Rides Alone

  42. Horse of Another Color

  43. The Senorita Makes a Choice

  44. Rendezvous at Sundown

  45. The New Order

  46. An Eye for an Eye

  47. Zorro and the Flag of Truce

  48. Ambush

  49. The Practical Joker

  50. The Flaming Arrow

  51. Zorro Fights a Duel

  52. Amnesty for Zorro

  53. The Runaways

  54. The Iron Box

  55. The Gay Caballero

  56. Tornado Is Missing

  57. Zorro Versus Cupid

  58. The Legend of Zorro

  59. Spark of Revenge

  60. The Missing Father

  61. Please Believe Me

  62. The Brooch

  63. Zorro and the Mountain Man

  64. The Hound of the Sierras

  65. Manhunt

  66. The Man from Spain

  67. Treasure for the King

  68. Exposing the Tyrant

  69. Zorro Takes a Dare

  70. An Affair of Honor

  71. The Sergeant Sees Red

  72. Invitation to Death

  73. The Captain Regrets

  74. Masquerade for Murder

  75. Long Live the Governor

  76. The Fortune Teller

  77. Senor China Boy

  78. Finders Keepers

  79. El Bandido (start of Season 3)

  80. Adios El Cuchillo

  81. The Postponed Wedding

  82. Auld Acquaintance

In 1992 Disney colourised the entire series, and re-released it.

New Adventures of Zorro

Made by Filmation, and aired as part of 1981's Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour, with Henry Darrow providing the hero's voice, the first Zorro cartoon only had a short run of thirteen episodes between 12th September and 5th December.

  1. Three Is a Crowd

  2. Flash Flood

  3. The Blockade

  4. The Frame

  5. Turnabout

  6. The Tyrant

  7. Terremoto

  8. The Trap

  9. Fort Ramon

  10. The Take Over

  11. Double Trouble

  12. The Conspiracy

  13. The Mysterious Traveler

Zorro and Son

In 1983 Henry Darrow got to play Zorro again, this time in a live-action Disney comedy series. Paul Regina played his son Carlos, a.k.a. Zorro Jr. The show, which aired between 6th April 1983 and 1st June 1983, only lasted five episodes.

  1. Pilot

  2. A Fistful of Pesos

  3. Beauty and the Mask

  4. Wash Day

  5. The Butcher of Barcelona


A co-production between America's New World Television, France's Ellipse and Italy's RAI, the international Zorro series lasted for four seasons and eighty-eight episodes between 5th January 1990 and 2nd December 1992. Duncan Regehr played the role, with Henry Darrow returning for a third time to the Zorro fold, this time as Diego's father Alejandro (season 2 on; Efram Zimbalist Jr. played the part in Season 1)

  1. Dead Men Tell No Tales

  2. Deceptive Heart

  3. Water

  4. Double Entendre

  5. The Best Man

  6. The Sure Thing

  7. Zorro's Other Woman

  8. The Legend Begins (1)

  9. The Legend Begins (2)

  10. The Legend Begins (3)

  11. The Legend Begins (4)

  12. Pride of the Pueblo

  13. Honor Thy Father

  14. The Magician

  15. A Deal with the Devil

  16. Whereabouts

  17. All That Glitters

  18. Child's Play

  19. A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

  20. Ghost Story

  21. The Bounty Hunters

  22. The Unhappy Medium

  23. An Explosive Situation

  24. Family Business

  25. May 90 Palomarez Returns

  26. The Wizard (start of second season)

  27. Master and Pupil

  28. Kidnapped

  29. The Tease

  30. He Who Lives by the Sword

  31. Freedom of the Press

  32. Sanctuary

  33. The Chase

  34. Broken Heart, Broken Mask

  35. The White Sheep of the Family

  36. The Challenge

  37. Rites of Passage

  38. The Falcon

  39. It's a Wonderful Zorro

  40. The Marked Man

  41. Big Brother

  42. To Be a Man

  43. The Whistling Bandit

  44. The Don's Dilemma

  45. The Jewelled Sword

  46. The Newcomers

  47. The Devil's Fortress (1)

  48. The Devil's Fortress (2)

  49. One for All (1)

  50. One for All (2)

  51. The New Broom (start of season three)

  52. Rush to Judgement

  53. A New Lease on Love

  54. The Man Who Cried Wolf

  55. Armed and Dangerous

  56. The Buccaneers

  57. A New Beginning

  58. A Woman Scorned

  59. Wicked, Wicked Zorro

  60. Alejandro Rides Again

  61. The Old Flame

  62. Miracle of the Pueblo

  63. A Love Remembered

  64. Dirty Tricks

  65. Mendoza the Malevolent

  66. Test of Faith

  67. Siege

  68. They Call Her Annie

  69. Silk Purses and Sow's Ears

  70. Turning the Tables

  71. One Special Night

  72. Balancing the Books

  73. Blind Man's Bluff

  74. Heir Apparent

  75. The Word

  76. Ultimate Justice (start of season four)

  77. An Affair to Remember

  78. The Fox and the Rabbit

  79. Love Potion Number Nine

  80. As Ye Sow

  81. Like Father, Like Son

  82. The Arrival (1)

  83. Death and Taxes (2)

  84. Conundrum (3)

  85. The Discovery (4)

  86. Symbol of Hope

  87. The Reward

  88. My Word Is My Bond

The Legend of Zorro (a.k.a. Legend of Little Zorro)

1992 saw Italy's Mondo release fifty-two episodes of their cartoon version of Zorro.

  1. The Symbol of Justice is "Z"!

  2. Here comes Little Zorro!

  3. Gabriel, the Plotter!

  4. Wake Up My Friend!

  5. Father's Secret

  6. A Trap with a Red Jewel

  7. An Heiress to Property

  8. A Guitar to Kill

  9. Let's Find the Pirate Treasure!

  10. Diego has become a Ghost!

  11. The Adventure of Little Zorro

  12. Figaro, the Stray Dog

  13. Little Zorro at Full Blast

  14. The Stagecoach is in Danger!

  15. Lolita's Kiss

  16. The Sword from Japan

  17. Zorro is Cornered!

  18. Diego, the Clever Detective

  19. A House of Tricky Devices

  20. The Boy Who Seeks Vengeance on Zorro

  21. Fly, Wings of Dreams!

  22. Gonzales, the Thief

  23. The Bride is a Spanish Girl

  24. Raymond, the Enemy of People

  25. The Clown in Tears

  26. Pepita, the Liar

  27. Romping Madam and Little Zorro

  28. Haunted Ruins

  29. Mona Lisa is Crying

  30. Gonzales in Love

  31. Wicked Design of the South India Trading Company

  32. The Doctor is a Drunkard

  33. A Terrible Wooer

  34. The Order to Kill Zorro

  35. Gonzales in Love Again

  36. Zorro Was Unmasked At Last!

  37. Diego has become a Rascal

  38. A Lady Inventor at Full Blast

  39. The Battle in the Storm

  40. My Far Lady Zorro

  41. Lolita, Get Your Gun!

  42. A Trap by the Ninja Magic

  43. Beauty and Monster

  44. Gabriel's Rebellion

  45. The Legend of Divine Wood

  46. Zorro's Head is Cut Off

  47. Governor-General Kidnapped

  48. A Righteous Military Officer

  49. Farewell to the Army

  50. Blast of the Demonic Cannons!

  51. Raymond: A Prelude to the Collapse

  52. A Sword of Justice Forever


In 1997 Michael Gough became the voice of Zorro in a new Warner Bros. cartoon series. Twenty-six episodes aired over two seasons between 20th September 1997 and 12th December 1998.

  1. To Catch a Fox

  2. Sting of the Serpent-God

  3. Night of the Tolchen

  4. The Beast Within

  5. The Enforcer

  6. Two Zorros Are Better than One

  7. Tar Pit Terror

  8. A King's Ransom

  9. The Pirates of San Pedro

  10. The Anti Zorro

  11. Valley of the Manbeast

  12. The Revenge of the Panther

  13. The Iron Man

  14. The Samurai and the Sorcerer (start of the second season)

  15. The Poison Pen

  16. Vision of Darkness

  17. The Case of the Masked Marauder

  18. Return of the Conquistadors

  19. The Hunter

  20. The Raiding Party

  21. The Four Horsemen

  22. The Nightmare Express

  23. The Ice Monster Cometh

  24. The Secret of El Zorro

  25. The Nordic Quest

  26. Adios, Mi Capitan

In other areas, Zorro has also been featured in a number of stage plays across the world, including a West End musical in London in 1995. Additionally in 2001 Gold Rush Games released a Zorro Role-Playing Game, Legacy of Zorro.


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