11th out of 16 books — 6 voters
Zorro Unmasked: The Official History
To coincide with The Mask of Zorro, the blockbuster film produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Antonio Banderas, Hyperion presents a complete, illustrated history of the character--from 1920's pulp fiction to the present. 75 photos & illustrations.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 17th 1998 by Hyperion
(first published July 1998)
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This "inside" history of Zorro, written by the wife of one of the franchise's current owners, is, overall, an interesting and entertaining read. It contains several delightful stories and gives lots of production information about various film and television interpretations. The book covers the original Zorro stories and compares the film and TV programs based on them, and also discusses the history of California and real-life bandits who may have served as an inspiration to Johnston McCulley.
I got into Zorro when I was 15 yrs old and I've always had this love affair-fascination with him as a hero. He's the original Batman, the first dichotomous protagonist. I think the idea of channeling your dark side (anger at injustice) to do good is an appealing concept especially when it comes alive as a masked man riding a dark horse.
This was a very interesting book about the origin of the Zorro stories and the subsequent movies and t.v. shows. It also had a bit of California history as part of the background. There were some fun details about the actors from the various productions.