Zigomar

ZIGOMAR
by Léon Sazie
adapted by Michael Shreve

cover by Georges Vallée


“I’m accusing the one who signed these crimes with his initial… Z... I accuse Zigomar!”


US$34.95/GBP 24.99
6x9 tpb, 540  pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-61227-861-2


Zigomar is a character dreamed up by Léon Sazie in 1909, two years before the now much more celebrated Fantômas. An evil, nefarious character, a criminal genius, Zigomar was so popular in his time that his picture could be found on bags of bread, pipes and matchboxes. 

Masked, hooded, or in disguise, Zigomar constantly bedevils the law. The first of the masked super-criminals, he shares with Fantômas a taste for gratuitous, melodramatic crimes, imaginative atrocities (typhus-bearing mosquitoes being only one such example), murder, kidnapping, robbery, and torture. His inevitable escape from the clutches of the law, his perpetual evasion of justice, made him very popular with the public and he left his mark on the history of crime fiction.

Of Basque origin, Léon Sazie was born in Algeria in 1862 and died in an accident in Suresne near Paris in 1939. When he was still a child, his father committed suicide after being ruined in a bank fraud. Sazie eventually became a journalist, before turning to theater and, eventually, to serial fiction. He created Martin Numa, King of detectives, in 1908, and Zigomar a year later. He was also a brilliant fencer who fought several duels.

This volume, translated and introduced by Michael Shreve, contains a translation of the first of the six Zigomar novels, plus an introduction, bibliography and filmography (Zigomar was adapted three times for the screen in silent movie serials).

Contents: 
Introduction
Bibliography
Filmography
BOOK ONE : THE INVISIBLE MASTER (1909-10)
BOOK TWO: LIONS AND TIGERS (1910)
BOOK THREE: TIME FOR JUSTICE (1910)