Author Archives: Stephen Andes

About Stephen Andes

Associate professor of Latin American history, Louisiana State University. I received my doctorate from Oxford University in 2010. I study Mexican history and pop culture. My latest project is Zorro.

The Mysterious Sofia–Book Trailer

The book trailer for The Mysterious Sofia has dropped. University of Nebraska Press: Pre-order it today!

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Zorro’s Masked History of Rape

As Zorro turns 100, a look at the Portland, Oregon years of Johnston McCulley, Alias Convicted Rapist. Johnston McCulley (1883–1958), right. Writer and creator of the pop culture icon known as Zorro. There are many legends behind the mask of Zorro. … Continue reading

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50% Off Pre-Order Sale on The Mysterious Sofia

The University of Nebraska Press is offering a 50% off sale on my book! Click the cover image above and put the code 6SPLA in at checkout! Offer ends May 31, 2019.

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NBC’s Timeless Visits Joaquin Murrieta, Inspiration for Zorro.

In the Series Finale, the Time Team Meets the Gold Rush Bandit The NBC show Timeless follows a group of time travelers who are desperately trying to stop a shadowy organization named Rittenhouse from changing history for the worse. In … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Sofia is Available for Pre-Order!

The Mysterious Sofia: One Woman’s Mission to Save Catholicism in Twentieth-Century Mexico (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2019).

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Who Was America’s First Superhero?

Before Superman, before Batman, before Wonder Woman there was Zorro. And Zorro was the product of Latinx culture. Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in April 1938. Batman first started skulking around Gotham in 1939. Wonder Woman flew in from mythical Themyscira in 1941. … Continue reading

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Zorro Slays the Myth of Forced Diversity.

Zorro: Swords of Hell, Part II offers a realistic portrait of Zorro’s World — All while battling undead Zombies! Main Cover Art: Roy Allan Martinez and Gwenaelle Daligault. Published by American Mythology Productions. A horde of the undead is not the only … Continue reading

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Django and Zorro Fight Together!

The Graphic Novel Crossover by Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner. What happens when you team up an African American avenger with a Latino vigilante? Justice, my friends. Or, at least, Spaghetti Western justice. The Django/Zorro seven-issue crossover graphic novel is the … Continue reading

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Johnston McCulley, the creator of Zorro, on a 1950s Gameshow.

The Elusive Pulp Writer Rarely Spoke About His Most Famous Creation. Johnston McCulley with Guy Williams in Disney TV Promo. Johnston McCulley created one of the most enduring and iconic pop culture characters of the 20th Century. I speak, of … Continue reading

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Zorro’s Origins and The Head of Joaquin Murrieta

A New Documentary Narrates One Man’s Journey to Find the Decapitated Head of a California Bandit who inspired the Creation of Zorro. Was Zorro, the masked man who left his trademark “Z” on evildoers, inspired by a real-life person from … Continue reading

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