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ISSUE NO. 806
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The prototypical western hero
debuted in a serial called The Masked Rider (1919).
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The cliche "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," has been paraphrased into the sarcastic comment that "imitation is the sincerest form of television," in reference to the medium's penchant for seeing every headline as a potential TV series, but in truth, imitation is really the sincerest form of comic books, because comics (and pulps such as All-Story Weekly) are notorious for latching onto anything and everything that's popular, and making it into a comic book.

For example, if mystery stories are hot, look for a slew of mystery inspired comic titles. If westerns top the charts, their popularity will soon be reflected in comic books featuring western characters such as Daniel Boone, and cowboy crooners Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. DC responded to the trend by giving each of these stars their very own comic book.

For example, the popularity of The Masked Rider lead to imitations, the most popular of which debuted in the August 9, 1919 issue of All-Story Weekly (cover pictured below) in a story called "The Curse of Capistrano" -- his name was Zorro!

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Walt Disney, always on the lookout for family fare, turned the big "Z" into a television series. Uncle Walt is pictured below, surrounded by Zorro material.
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BELOW: The star of the show, Guy Wiliams,
with Zorro creator Johnston McCulley.
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VIDEO CLIP: The opening of Walt Disney's Zorro TV series (43 seconds).

The Zorro TV series also had a companion comic book, published by Gold Key. Covers of this book picured still shots from the TV series. Take a look, look-takers...
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ZORRO COMIC: INSIDE FRONT COVERS
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ZORRO COMIC: INTERIOR PAGES by Alex Toth
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Zorro by TOTH ART GALLERY
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ABOVE: Cover of a modern Zorro reprint collection.

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VIDEO CLIP: There was also a Zorro cartoon (60 seconds).

We close this issue with a wink from Alfred E. Zorro, as depicted for MAD (title spelled out in rope) by Rogério Wusch dos Santos.
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Ole! It's... EL KABONG!
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