In the Cisco Kid's very first appearance, he was neither a hero nor a Mexican person. The journey from villain to hero also accompanied a change in Cisco's identity from Euro American to Mexican.
Although not well remembered today, the Cisco Kid once occupied a central place in U.S. popular culture. By the 1950s, this fictional Mexican hero could be found in films, comics, novels, and even a popular television series (one of the first ever produced in color). This lecture asks how did Cisco intersect with assumptions about Mexicans and Mexican Americans’ long history in the United States? Indeed, the character’s own unlikely trajectory included unexpected twists and turns.