Daily Archives: February 9, 2012
Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta (September 23, 1917 – February 5, 1984), more widely known as El Santo (the Saint) is one of the most famous and iconic of all Mexican luchadores, and has been referred to as one of “the greatest legends in Mexican sports” His wrestling career spanned nearly fifty years, during which he became a folk hero and a symbol of justice for the common man through his appearances in comic books and movies. He is said to have popularized professional wrestling in Mexico. In 1952 a Santo comic book was created, turning him into the first and foremost character in Mexican popular literature. The Santo comic book series (four different volumes) ran continuously for 35 years, ending in 1987. Santo would go on to star in 52 films all of which had him battling super-human villians. Santo never took of his mask in public until his final TV appearance in 1984, 2 weeks before his death, effectively saying goodbye to his fans.