Remember these fine volumes published between 2000 and 2002? This bold undertaking proposed to reprint, for the first time ever, the entire series of Zorro novels and stories. Sadly, three volumes is as far as they got. What went wrong? I don't know. If anyone does, I'd sure like to hear about it. And if anyone knows the publishers, please tell them they still owe me the $14 I prepaid for the next volume, which was to be a third collection of short stories from West magazine. Please advise them that in lieu of the cash, I'll gladly accept an emailed text document containing the stories for that unpublished volume.
Volume 1 (above) presented the first three short stories from Argosy (there had already been three serialized novels in earlier issues of the magazine), a two-part novelette, and the first two short stories from West. Internet dealers currently offer this book for between $75 and $278.
Volume 2 (above and below) gave us the next ten short stories from West. For those keeping score, these are the same ten stories gathered earlier in the squinty-eyed little Hanos reprint, Zorro Stories Vol. 1. Dealers want between $45 and $176 for this one.
The third Master's Edition book (below) is not an official Volume. It reprinted a complete short novel from the June 1947 issue of West. This book now appears to be unavailable at any price. A smaller print run, perhaps?
The saddest thing about this was that the job was left undone. The second Zorro serial from Argosy, "The Further Adventures of Zorro", has not been reprinted since 1928, when it appeared in hardcover and paperback as The Sword of Zorro (and is now outrageously expensive). The third and fourth serialized novels have never, to my knowledge, been reprinted at all. And there are still another 39 stories from West waiting (only 21 of these appeared in Hanos' Zorro Stories Vol. 2 & 3) , and possibly three more from other magazines. Will someone PLEASE reprint these?? I want to read them!