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Chapter 2, "The Flaming
Chapter 3, "Descending
Chapter 4, "Bridge of
Chapter 5, "The Decoy"
Chapter 6, "Zorro to
Chapter 7, "The Fugitive"
Chapter 8, "Flowing
Chapter 9, "The Golden
Chapter 10, "Mystery
Chapter 11, "Face to
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INTO 2ND YEAR-HELP KEEP WESTERNS RIDING IN NEWSPAPER COMICS!
1 Feb 2000 21:13:10 EST
Joe, Sorry I haven't written in awhile. That doesn't mean that I
don't mosey on by CowboyPal all the time.
a few visuals from the ZORRO NEWSPAPER STRIP into the CowboyPal Corral.
What you see here, in the Sunday strips, are the colored pencils
by Tom Yeates, with all of the codes given to the Syndicate. You'll
never see such textured
rendering in the printed version. Everything there is in those little numbers
also included the last Zorro daily strip of 1999, and the first of 2000!
I hope you enjoy them.
can see more of the Zorro strip, and ZORRO: MATANZAS! at the
I've just started writing
the 2nd years worth of strips, with a new story entitled EASY VICTIM.
were a few dicey moments there where the debate was on as to whether the
strip would have a second year. It's almost like a T.V. series being
decided if it will have a renewal. It wouldn't hurt to have a few more
newspapers carrying the strip, that's for sure! Any of you western fans
who don't get the strip in your area, and would like
to see it, writing or calling
your local paper about it might help us get a few more papers. I
sure would love to see it in the California area, especially with all the
California history that is integral to many of the story-lines.
you do get the strip, in, say, the New York Daily News or the Houston Chronicle,
or wherever, letters to the editor saying you want to see the Fox keep
riding lets them know there are people out there who care.
you enjoy the strips here! Adios, Joe!
I should have included that TOD SMITH does the initial
pencils from my detailed scripts, and does a fine job
of it, with JOHN COSTANZA,
one of the finest letterers in the entire comics biz taking care of the
dialogue balloons and captions. TOM YEATES wonderfully refines and
inks Tod's pencils, and Tom and I discuss the coloring
approach for the Sundays.
He does wonderful color pencils on those. The pencil texture is
not the way it prints. By the way, the coach scene (it is really
Monasterio's military carriage being used as a hearse by the Fox) was an
effort to do a coach chase using B-Western stunts, and was an exercise
in momentum. They are on top of that
coach, beneath it, on the
side of it, hanging from the rigging! There's even a little bit of Ben
Hur thrown in for good measure! There is new ZORRO: MATANZAS! full
color up on the
site now, and the HOPALONG
CASSIDY page has photos right from some of the Hoppy films, as well as
a picture of GRACE BRADLEY (MRS. HOPALONG CASSIDY) BOYD and I together.
One of my cherished moments. You can also
read some of the interview
I did with Grace. She's an incredible story-teller, setting right
many of the stories that have been told again and again and just aren't
true. She's stunning. Folks should write Jerry Rosenthal at http://www.hopalong.com
about a Commemorative Album
featuring all of Grace's interview if they are interested. We talked
about the time period BEFORE the films, the
years when the HOPPY MOVIES
were being done, the years when and how Hoppy hit television and its incredible
aftermath, and then life after Hoppy. I'd love to do it. I have a
feeling if Jerry got enough response from CowboyPals around the globe,
he'd love to hear it, and who knows, such a project just might get done!
the hat to you again, Joe. Take care,
Zorro strip from 11/22/1999
Color strip olor strip that
follows beneath it, where Zorro leaps onto the coach, and then faces
Eulalia and the Padre is the
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1999
LAST STRIP of 1999 follows:
This is Zorro handing the reins to Eulalia.FIRST STRIP of 2000 is the one
with Zorro leaping
off the seat, cloak
spreading out as he is caught in mid-air over Capitan Monasterio, who has
his sword to Tornado's throat.
Zorro Color mat 1/09/2000
Zorro Color mat 1/16/2000
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Update: Zorro Whips Up
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999
Creators Syndicate just told Zorro Productions, who kindly informed me,
that the ZORRO NEWSPAPER STRIP has been sold to the N.Y. DAILY NEWS, printing
both the Dailies and the Sundays. Since the News is shipped to a
number of different states, this is a major, coveted place by comic strips.
I grew up in the state of Rhode Island, and I can still remember going
up to my Grandparents' house and rummaging through their stacks of old
newspapers. My Grandfather only bought the Sunday news, but in going through
those thick stacks, seeking
out the brightly colored pages, I could read the Sundays of
such strips as Dan Spiegle's
Hopalong Cassidy, Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, George Wunder's Terry and
The Pirates, among others. And some of those Hoppy's had great Sunday
cliff-hangers. Since, he didn't buy the daily paper, I never saw
how Hoppy managed to live after he and Topper plunged off a rickety, swaying
bridge, severed by the bad guys, leaving them hurtling towards death!
But now, Tom Yeates, the illustrator of the Zorro strip, and I are part
of the News comics. Zorro has also been picked up by the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE,
and they will print the daily and Sunday strips, as well.
I've started writing the second story in the series, titled, "Dead Body
The strip starts publication on Monday, APRIL 12, 1999.
Don Mc Gregor
Zorro comics stories
ZORRO: MATANZAS! MAY NOT
SEE PRINT UNTIL 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Thu, 9 Sep 1999 22:32:25 EDT
I haven't written in awhile. I've been on the move, trying to get
ZORRO: MATANZAS! mini-series ready for a September start, after five
working to get the comic
a reality; overseeing the graphic album of DETECTIVES INC.: A TERROR
OF DYING DREAMS; staying with Zorro on a daily
basis in the comic strip.
Sam Parsons is coloring the ZORRO: MATANZAS! material, and
its a gorgeous water-color technique. On my new web-site we'll have
editor/consultant Jim Salicrup's in-depth critique on the first issue,
replete with lots of visuals. The new website, which supercedes the
one at comicon.
note, by the way, that there is a bigger LINK to COWBOYPAL now, than on
the old one. And I intend to do a write-up on CowboyPal, indepth,
we get more of the site
put together. Would be great if you could put the new web-site address
in with the Hoppy covers and the Zorro material.
I do believe a lot Zorro
lovers would like to have a chance to see some of what this looks like,
so I'd like to share some of it with you and CowboyPal. The only
other place where you'll see more of this, to my knowledge, will be up
on my website in the coming weeks. I can tell you the ordering number
from the Diamond catalogue that comic book stores buy their comics
At this late date, I
suppose even doubling the sales wouldn't help, but you never know.
If you do nothing, nothing happens. I know Zorro would do
something. At the
very least, if people were waiting for it, they can let Zorro Productions
know they'd like to see the book.
Mike Mayhew's painted cover for the 2nd issue of MATANZAS!
plus the SPLASH PAGE
from the first issue, as well as a cutaway schematic of
ZORRO'S CAVERN TIERS.
PAGE from the first issue
Mike Mayhew's painted
cover for the 2nd issue of MATANZAS!
Hope you like 'em!
A qualified history
of Zorro, The Legend circa 1820's
Don Alejandro was father of Don
Diego the original Zorro. Don Alejandro estate was located now in
what is known as Southern California. The Dons were landbarons of huge
estates that were granted by the King of Spain. As Spain's problems with
Mexican General Santa Anna and the fight for independence grew, and the
governor of that area started trampling the rights of people as the repression
grew incident by incident. There was clamor for someone to save masses
from this onslaught. Don Diego after returning from his studies in Spain
realized the people's rights were being repressed. Became Zorro,
with his black steed Toronado, he set out to right the wrongs, where justice
for all people would prevail....
This is the preface for most
of the scripts for the Zorro stories followed.
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