Zorro is a swashbuckling superhero character created in 1919 by pulp writer Johnston McCulley. He is usually portrayed as dressing entirely in black and wearing a cape and mask. Zorro is an expert swordsman and unarmed combatant. Zorro is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega.
Although the exact circumstances of Zorro's origin differ from story to story, the character's beginnings always stem from Don Diego being summoned back home to Los Angeles from Spain. Upon returning to Los Angeles, he sees that his small pueblo is now under the control of a ruthless and tyranical Alcalde. Adopting the secret identity of Zorro, Diego decides to fight the evil and tyranny that has taken over California until all of the people of California can live in freedom.