Zorro - The Legend Through The Years

  Johnston McCulley's Zorro Stories

Provided here are brief summaries of the plots of Johnston McCulley's original Zorro stories.  Most of the summaries are not up yet; more will be added a few at time until all of them are here (or at least summaries for all of the stories I have).  McCulley's stories are excellent and are highly recommended.  Since it is very difficult and expensive to try to acquire the original pulp magazines in which the Zorro stories were published, it is quite necessary to buy reprints of the stories.  For more information on the availability of reprints of the McCulley stories, please visit this page.

McCulley was not consistent with certain plot elements throughout his stories.  He often ignored events which occurred in previous stories.  For instance, in McCulley's first story, "The Curse of Capistrano," Zorro reveals his identity to everyone, but in later stories most people have no idea who Zorro is.  In some stories, Zorro's identity is known only to Don Alejandro, Don Diego's mute servant Bernardo, and Fray Felipe.  In other stories, Zorro's identity is known to Bernardo, a pirate named Bardoso, and to Juan, chief of the Cocopahs.

The Curse of Capistrano
Parts I - V
ALL-STORY WEEKLY   Vol. 100 No. 2
- Vol. 101 No. 2
Aug. 9, 1919
- Sep. 6, 1919
The Further Adventures of Zorro Parts I - VI ARGOSY   Vol. 142 No. 4
- Vol. 143 No. 3
May 6, 1922
- June 10, 1922
Zorro Rides Again
Parts I - IV
ARGOSY   Vol. 224 No. 3
- Vol. 224 No. 6
Oct. 3, 1931
- Oct. 24, 1931
Zorro Saves A Friend ARGOSY Vol. 234 No. 1 Nov. 12,1932
Zorro Hunts A Jackal ARGOSY Vol. 237 No. 6 April 22, 1933
Zorro Deals With Treason ARGOSY Vol. 249 No. 2 Aug. 18, 1934
Zorro Hunts By Night CAVALIER CLASSICS Vol. I No. 2 Sept. 1940
The Sign of Zorro
Parts I - V
ARGOSY   Vol. 305 No. 2
- Vol. 305 No. 6
Jan. 25, 1941
- Feb. 22, 1941
Zorro Draws A Blade WEST Vol. 56 No. 2 July 1944
Zorro Upsets A Plot WEST Vol. 56 No. 3 Sept. 1944
Zorro Strikes Again WEST Vol. 57 No. 1 Nov. 1944
Zorro Saves A Herd WEST Vol. 57 No. 2 Jan. 1945
Zorro Runs The Gauntlet WEST Vol. 57 No. 3 March 1945
Zorro Fights A Duel WEST Vol. 58 No. 1 May 1945
Zorro Opens A Cage WEST Vol. 58 No. 2 July 1945
Zorro Prevents A War WEST Vol. 58 No. 3 Sept. 1945
Zorro Fights A Friend WEST Vol. 59 No. 1 Oct. 1945
Zorro's Hour Of Peril WEST Vol. 59 No. 2 Nov. 1945
Zorro Lays A Ghost WEST Vol. 59 No. 3 Dec. 1945
Zorro Frees Some Slaves WEST Vol. 60 No. 1 Jan. 1946
Zorro's Double Danger WEST Vol. 60 No. 2 Feb. 1946
Zorro's Masquerade WEST Vol. 60 No. 3 March 1946
Zorro Stops A Panic WEST Vol. 61 No. 1 April 1946
Zorro's Twin Perils WEST Vol. 61 No. 2 May 1946
Zorro Plucks A Pigeon WEST Vol. 61 No. 3 June 1946
Zorro Rides At Dawn WEST Vol. 62 No. 1 July 1946
Zorro Takes The Bait WEST Vol. 62 No. 2 Aug. 1946
Zorro Raids A Caravan WEST Vol. 62 No. 3 Oct. 1946
Zorro's Moment Of Fear WEST Vol. 63 No. 3 Jan. 1947
Zorro Saves His Honor WEST Vol. 64 No. 1 Feb. 1947
Zorro And The Pirate WEST Vol. 64 No. 2 March 1947
Zorro Beats the Drum WEST Vol. 64 No. 3 April 1947
Zorro's Strange Duel WEST Vol. 65 No. 1 May 1947
A Task for Zorro WEST Vol. 65 No. 2 June 1947
Zorro's Masked Menace WEST Vol. 65 No. 3 July 1947
Zorro Aids An Invalid WEST Vol. 66 No. 1 Aug. 1947
Zorro Saves An American WEST Vol. 66 No. 2 Sept. 1947
Zorro Meets A Rogue WEST Vol. 66 No. 3 Oct. 1947
Zorro Races With Death WEST Vol. 67 No. 1 Nov. 1947
Zorro Fights For Peace WEST Vol. 67 No. 2 Dec. 1947
Zorro Starts The New Year WEST Vol. 67 No. 3 Jan. 1948
Zorro Serenades A Siren WEST Vol. 68 No. 1 Feb. 1948
Zorro Meets A Wizard WEST Vol. 68 No. 2 March 1948
Zorro Fights With Fire WEST Vol. 68 No. 3 April 1948
Gold For A Tyrant WEST Vol. 69 No. 1 May 1948
The Hide Hunter WEST Vol. 69 No. 2 July 1948
Zorro Shears Some Wolves WEST Vol. 69 No. 3 Sept. 1948
The Face Behind The Mask WEST Vol. 70 No. 1 Nov. 1948
Hangnoose Reward WEST Vol. 70 No. 3 March 1949
Zorro's Hostile Friends WEST Vol. 71 No. 1 May 1949
Zorro's Hot Tortillas WEST Vol. 71 No. 2 July 1949
An Ambush For Zorro WEST Vol. 71 No. 3 Sept. 1949
Zorro Gives Evidence WEST Vol. 72 No. 1 Nov. 1949
Rancho Marauders WEST Vol. 72 No. 2 Jan. 1950
Zorro's Stolen Steed WEST Vol. 73 No. 3 March 1950
Zorro Curbs A Riot WEST Vol. 73 No. 3 Sept. 1950
The Three Strange Peons WEST Vol. 74 No. 1 Nov. 1950
Zorro Nabs A Cutthroat WEST Vol. 74 No. 2 Jan. 1951
Zorro Gathers Taxes WEST Vol. 74 No. 3 March 1951
Zorro's Fight For Life WEST Vol. 74 No. 2 July 1951
The Mask of Zorro SHORT STORIES FOR MEN Vol. 221 No. 2 April 1959
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