Unmasked: The Forgotten Origins of Hollywood Most Famous Western Heroes by Tom Roberts (editor)


The Forgotten Origins of Hollywood Most Famous Western Heroes

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“The origin stories of these heroes are the foundation of the modern Western genre, and should not be missed by any fan who loves Westerns.” Larry D. Sweazy, Spur Award-winning author of The Badger’s Revenge

Unmasked is one of the best collections so far from Black Dog Books, and those of you familiar with their publications know that’s saying a lot.”—James Reasoner, Peacemaker Award winner.

Everyone recognizes the names of Hopalong Cassidy, the Lone Ranger, Zorro and the Cisco Kid. But how many actually know the characters from their fictional roots?

Years before appearing in film, on radio and television, their creators painted a rather different picture of each than Hollywood presented on the silver screen. In this handsome volume, Unmasked collects the first appearances of Hopalong Cassidy, the Cisco Kid and Zorro, plus a forgotten novel of the Lone Ranger.

Edited and with essays by Tom Roberts.


  • Introduction by Francis M. Nevins, author of Hopalong Cassidy On the Page, On the Screen and The Cisco Kid: American Hero, Hispanic Roots

Hopalong Cassidy

  • The Fight At Buckskin by Clarence E. Mulford
  • The Vagrant Sioux by Clarence E. Mulford
  • Trials of a Peaceful Puncher by Clarence E. Mulford
  • Hopalong Keeps His Word by Clarence E. Mulford
  • The Advent of McAllister by Clarence E. Mulford
  • Holding the Claim by Clarence E. Mulford

The Cisco Kid

  • The Caballero’s Way by O. Henry


  • The Curse of Capistrano (excerpt) by Johnston McCulley

The Lone Ranger

  • The Masked Rider’s Justice by Anonymous (Fran Stryker)

First book publication.

Trade paperback / 198 pages

Cover art by George J. Rozen


Multiple Five Star reviews on Amazon.

“This book is a five star and more. . . . A must read — Highly recommend!”

Additional information

Weight 12.6 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in