No. 94 – The Mark of Dante

Prog 1068’s (1997) Nikolai Dante futuregraph by Simon Fraser v theatrical poster for The Mark of Zorro (1940), [artist unknown] starring Tyrone Power (1914–1958) as [Don] Diego [de la Vega, aka. Zorro*], Linda Darnell (1923–1965) as Lolita Quintero and Basil Rathbone (1892–1967) as Capt. Esteban Pasquale

Zorro first appeared in the serialised novel The Curse of Capistrano in All-Story Weekly (Grosset & Dunlap, 1919) by American pulp writer Johnston McCulley (1883–1958), and was originally intended to be a stand-alone story. The success of the film adaptation The Mark of Zorro (United Artists, 1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks (1883–1939), however, convinced McCulley to continue writing the character.

Comics trivia: this is the film that the young Bruce Wayne had just seen with his parents moments before they were murdered by Gotham City mugger Joe Chill.

*Spanish: “Fox”; appearing in works set in the township of Pueblo of Los Ángeles [El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles; Spanish: The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels; now Los Angeles] during the era of Spanish California (1769–1821)

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