“Zorro, Spanish for fox, is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega (originally Don Diego Vega), a fictional nobleman and master swordsman living in Spanish-era California. He defends the Californio people from the corrupt tyranny of the Spanish governor, proving himself to be much too foxlike and cunning for the bumbling authorities to catch. He was created by pulp writer Johnston McCulley, and first made his appearance in The Curse of Capistrano, serialized in the pulp magazine All-Story Weekly in 1919. The character's visual motif is typically a black costume with a cape, a small flat-brimmed hat (he wears a wide sombrero in the original) and a black cowl mask that covers the top of the head from eye level up (the mask covered his whole face in the original). In addition, his favored weapon is a rapier which he often uses to leave his distinctive emblem, a large 'Z' made from three quick scratches. He also uses a bullwhip, like the later Indiana Jones. In the original story, he also uses a pistol”.