Funko celebrates the 65th anniversary of Disney’s Zorro TV series with a new Funko Pop! vinyl figure of the masked vigilante.
Celebrate 65 years of Disney’s Zorro 1957 TV series.
Zorro (Spanish for ‘Fox’) is a fictional character created in 1919 by American pulp writer Johnston McCulley, who appears in works set in the Pueblo of Los Angeles in Alta California.
He is typically portrayed as a dashing masked vigilante who defends the commoners and indigenous peoples of California against corrupt and tyrannical officials and other villains. His signature all-black costume includes a cape, a hat known as a sombrero cordobés, and a mask covering the upper half of his face.
Zorro is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega (originally Don Diego Vega), a young man who is the only son of Don Alejandro de la Vega, the richest landowner in California, while Diego’s mother is dead. In most versions, Diego learned his swordsmanship while in college in Spain, creating his masked alter ego after being unexpectedly called home by his father because California had fallen into the hands of an oppressive dictator.
Zorro debuted in the 1919 novel The Curse of Capistrano, originally intended as a stand-alone story. The Curse of Capistrano eventually sold over 50 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling books of all time and the inspiration for the 1920 film adaptation of The Mark of Zorro.
The film adaptation convinced McCulley to write more Zorro stories for about four decades, after which the character appeared in more than 40 different films and ten TV series.
The most famous rendition of the masked vigilante is the Disney produced Zorro television series, also known as Disney’s Zorro. Disney’s Zorro, produced by Walt Disney Productions and starring Guy Williams, premiered on ABC in October 1957 and consisted of 78 episodes and 4 specials.
Funko is celebrating the 65th anniversary of Disney’s Zorro TV series and is releasing a new Funko Pop! vinyl figure of the masked vigilante in October.
Pre-order your Zorro 65th Anniversary Funko Pop! vinyl figure at Entertainment Earth.