"The Lone Ranger: The Death of Zorro" -- probably because it's more about the Lone Ranger than Zorro. I liked it despite the dumbass death Zorro gets, because Ande Parks writes a great Lone Ranger; he even remembered the masked man is a master of disguise.)
Thankfully, there's more Zorro comics on the way. I've already mentioned on this blog the upcoming Dynamite miniseries "Masks" which promises to unite Zorro and his spiritual descendants the Shadow, the Green Hornet, the Black Bat, and others in one big pulp-hero corossover. Zorro is featured prominently on the covers of the first and second issues so I think he'll be more important to the story than I originally hoped. January of 2013 sees the publication of Alex Toth's Zorro: The Complete Dell Comics Adventures, a 240-page hardback collecting the work of the creator of Space Ghost and the man many consider the definitive Zorro artist. I can't wait.
- Francesco Francavilla (search for "The Talisman" for the story that got Francavilla the Zorro gig)
- And Matt Wagner’s covers were always great, too.
- Zorro without a moustache just looks weird to me. I get the idea – “Surely a man who has a moustache in his daily life could not possibly be the clean-shaven mystery man?!” – but it looks weird to me. The first Zorro film to feature a clean-shaven Zorro was 1972’s “The Erotic Adventures of Zorro.” Seriously, people; the moustache is less porny!
- I really don’t get the point of killing off Don Alejandro. From a functional standpoint, it just seems like it would make it next to impossible for Don Diego to continue as Zorro. He’d be too busy running the rancho, getting married, raising kids, hosting balls, etc... Having Don Alejandro around allows Zorro to avoid the responsibilities of life, just like having Lucius Fox run Wayne Enterprises.
- I appreciate the progressive ideals behind recasting Zorro as a genuine Hispanic – a union of European and Native American blood. Honestly, I get it; it makes him one of the people and a genuinely American hero. Unfortunately, the historical fact is that the Mexican (not Spanish) rancho owners were very proud of their pure European, Spanish blood. If Don Diego’s mother was a Native American, he would have been a pariah and his skin tone would have given away his identity immediately.
- Batman owes a bigger debt to Zorro than most people think -- including Allende and Wagner! I have to admit I didn’t read Johnston McCulley’s original Zorro novel, The Curse of Capistrano AKA The Mark of Zorro, until last year. In most versions of the Zorro story, the cocky young Diego (de la) Vega returns from Spain to find corruption and oppression in his native land and is inspired on the spot to cook up his famous alter-ego. Allende’s novel and Wagner’s adaptation are essentially extended justifications for Diego’s seemingly sudden transformation. Guess what? In McCulley’s original story, Diego witnesses the oppression around him when he is fifteen and spends the next ten years secretly training to become Zorro! There was no “secret origin” needed in the first place – except maybe for when a fox flew through his window.
"It began ten years ago, when I was but a lad of fifteen," he said. "I heard tales of persecution. I saw my friends, the frailes, annoyed and robbed. I saw soldiers beat an old native who was my friend. And then I determined to play this game.
"It would be a difficult game to play, I knew. So I pretended to have small interest in life, so that men never would connect my name with that of the highwayman I expected to become. In secret, I practiced horsemanship and learned how to handle a blade "from The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulleyJOESKYTAXSergeant Pedro Gonzales for Pirates of the Spanish Main RPGGonzales sprawled closer to the fire and cared not that other men thus were robbed of some of its warmth. Sergeant Pedro Gonzales often had expressed his belief that a man should look out for his own comfort before considering others; and being of great size and strength, and having much skill with the blade, he
found few who had the courage to declare that they believed otherwise.from The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulleyPedro Gonzales is a bully. He is loud and crass and throws around his considerable weight -- and yet he somehow counts the effete Don Diego Vega as a friend. Certainly there are worse representatives of authority in the Pueblo de Los Angeles -- he is not as corrupt as Captain Ramon or the alcalde -- but the average peon is best off not crossing Pedro the Boaster.Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d6, Spirit d8, Strength d10, Vigor d10Skills: Fighting d10, Guts d8, Intimidation d8, Notice d6, Riding d8, Shooting d8, Stealth d6Charisma: -2 Pace: 6 Parry: 9 Toughness: 8Fame: -10Hindrances: Arrogant, Loyal, MeanEdges: Block, Brawny, Combat Reflexes, CommandBooty: LootGear: Lance (Str+d8, AP 2 when charging, Reach 2, onlu usable in mounted combat), musket (Range: 10/20/40, Damage 2d8), rapier (Str+d4, +1 Parry), shot and powder (20)Quote: "Meal mush and goat's milk!" (favorite curse)
Douglas Fairbanks as Diego Vega and Noah Beery as Sgt. Gonzales in "The Mark of Zorro" (1920)