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Author: Stephen J. C. Andes Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Tantor Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2020 ISBN: 9781705237564
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Long before Superman or Batman made their first appearances, there was Zorro. Born on the pages of the pulps in 1919, Zorro fenced his way through the American popular imagination, carving his signature letter Z into the flesh of evildoers in Old Spanish California. Zorro is the original caped crusader, the first hero to have a band called the Avengers, and the character who laid the blueprint for the modern American superhero.

In Zorro's Shadow, historian and Latin American studies expert Stephen J. C. Andes investigates the legends behind the mask of Zorro, revealing that the origin of America's first superhero lies in Latinx history and experience. Revealing the length of Zorro's shadow on the superhero genre is a reclamation of the legend of Zorro for a multiethnic and multicultural America.

Based on the never-before-seen letters of Zorro creator Johnston McCulley, Andes describes how the legends around Lamport and Murrieta influenced the development of the masked hero in black, and further, how Zorro went from a real life Mexican bandido to a distinctly white, aristocratic hero. Revealing the length of Zorro's shadow on the superhero genre is a reclamation of the legend of Zorro for a multiethnic and multicultural America. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wonderfully fascinating account of a pop specter that has long haunted North America: Zorro, a settler-colonial avenger brought to life by Stephen J. C. Andes’s dogged archival research and sharp interpretation.”

    Greg Grandin, author of Fordlandia

  • “An exhilarating, dust-kicking ride through the actual origins and history of the first hemispheric Latinx superhero: Zorro…[a] swashbuckler of a ride.”

    Frederick Luis Aldama, editor of Tales from la Vida

  • “In a voice finding just the right midpoint between an academic tone and a sense of fandom and fun, award-winning narrator Robert Fass takes listeners on a deep dive into the history and cultural background of a character who sold millions of books and spawned dozens of films before Batman and the Lone Ranger popped up in comics and on the radio in the late 1930s…It’s the search for a historic Latin–American prototype that will keep the listener enthralled.”

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About the Author

Stephen J. C. Andes is an associate professor of history at Louisiana State University. He is the author of Zorro’s ShadowThe Mysterious Sofia, and The Vatican and Catholic Activism of Mexico and Chile.

About the Narrator

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned mulltiple Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.