Today in Comics History: 1st Zorro movie
Today in 1920, The first Zorro movie and United Artists‘ debut release The Mark of Zorro was first screened in American theaters. Based on Johnston McCulley’s pulp serial “The Curse of Capistrano” from All-Story Weekly, the black and white silent film was produced and co-written by Douglas Fairbanks, who also starred in the title role of Zorro. It was directed by Fred Niblo and co-written by Eugene Miller. The movie defined the swashbuckling adventure comedy, re-directed Fairbanks’ career, and catapulted the character’s popularity and led to hundreds of movies, TV series, pulp stories, novels, comics, and merchandise.