Zorro, the dashing hero who disguised himself as a black-clad, masked outlaw in order to defend the common folk, was already famous in 1939 when his creator Johnston McCulley purchased a historic house in Glendale.
Zorro debuted nearly 100 years ago in “The Curse of Capistrano,” a five-part serial published in a weekly magazine in 1919. Zorro’s true identity as Don Diego Vega, a California nobleman living in Los Angeles during the era of Mexican rule, is eventually revealed.
His mission was “to avenge the helpless, to punish cruel politicians,” and “to aid the oppressed,” according to Wikipedia.
Within a year, Zorro was on the silver screen in “The Mark of Zorro,”...