illustrations ©2005 Chris Pelletiere



A former police reporter, Johnston McCulley became a prolific writer of westerns, adventure tales, and detective thrillers for the pulp magazines under his own name, as well as more than half-a-dozen pseudonyms. His stories were published from 1911 until his death in 1958, and featured numerous heroes including The Bat, Thubway Tham and The Black Star. But his greatest creation was Zorro, who debuted in The Curse of Capistrano in 1919 and continues as one of the most popular adventure heroes in history. McCulley went on to write sixty-four Zorro stories as well as another fifty novels featuring his other characters. The Stolen Story originally appeared in Detective Story Magazine in 1919.


Adventure Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 12

144 pages, b&w, $10