Zatanna Zatara (New Earth)

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Real Name

Zatanna Zatara

Main Alias


Other Aliases

[ 1 ] · Zorina [ 2 ] · Evig “ Eve ” Doolb [ 3 ] · Mistress of Magic

Primak· Zorina· Evig “Eve” Doolb· Mistress of Magic


[ 4 ]
( ancestor, deceased )
Luigi Zatara ( great-grandfather, deceased )
( father, deceased )
( mother, deceased )
( cousin ) Arion (ancestor · deceased) Leonardo da Vinci (ancestor, deceased)Luigi Zatara (great-grandfather, deceased) Giovanni “John” Zatara (father, deceased) Sindella (mother, deceased) Zachary Zatara (cousin)


Justice League of America · Seven Soldiers of Victory · Sentinels of Magic

Base Of Operations

Shadowcrest, San Francisco, California





Public Identity


Homo Magi / Human hybrid


american english

Marital Status



Stage magician · Sorceress












Earth-One · New Earth


Julius Schwartz · Gardner Fox · Murphy Anderson

First Appearance
Hawkman #4
(November, 1964)
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Zatanna Zatara, normally known by just her first base name, is a brawny half Homo Magi. She is the daughter of John Zatara, and like him casts spells by saying what she wants backward.


Zatanna Zatara is the daughter of the magician Giovanni “ John ” Zatara and Sindella, a member of the mystic Homo Magi slipstream. Zatanna was raised by her father in a little house in New York, near the ill-famed Arkham Asylum. [ 5 ] Zatanna ‘s mother apparently died after her parturition, but she finally learned that Sindella faked her death to return to her people. Zatanna is a direct descendant of the artist and sorcerer Leonardo district attorney Vinci, and is related to Nostradamus, Alessandro Cagliostro, the noted alchemists Nicholas Flamel and Evan Fulcanelli and Lord Arion of Atlantis. [ 4 ] Her cousin, Zachary Zatara, is besides a magician .

Finding Zatara and Stage Career

Zatanna became a successful phase visionary before she discovered her true charming powers while investigating the fade of her don. [ 6 ] On her quest, she asked assistant of versatile heroes including Hawkman and Hawkgirl, [ 7 ] Atom, [ 8 ] Green Lantern, [ 9 ] and Elongated Man. [ 10 ] Eventually, Zatanna located her father in the world of Kharma, where she traveled to alongside charming duplicates of the heroes she met in her travel and was ultimately reunited with her father, who was forced to stay away from her due to a while from the evil sorceress, Allura. [ 11 ] Zatanna then continued her career as a phase sorcerer and not much later, she met early noteworthy heroes such as The Flash, [ 12 ] Supergirl [ 13 ] and Green Arrow. [ 14 ] As she pursued her phase career, she hired Jeff Sloane, an agentive role who would soon become a very close up friend, going on assorted adventures with her. [ 15 ] [ 16 ] [ 17 ] shortly after finding Jeff, Allura attacked them by possessing Zatara. Zatanna and Jeff had to overcome several obstacles on early dimensions until they returned to Earth and defeated Allura for dependable. [ 18 ] [ 19 ] For a while, Zatanna continued her career as stage magician and besides assisted people in need with her powers. [ 20 ] [ 21 ] [ 22 ] [ 23 ] [ 24 ] Zatanna assisted the Justice League of America on a number of cases [ 25 ] before being elected to full membership. As she was recruited into the Justice League, Zatanna changed her even stage equip to combat costume, besides changing her alias from “ Zatanna, the magician ” to “ Zatanna the Sorceress ”. [ 26 ]

Justice League of America

As a member of the Justice League, Zatanna ‘s first case was the mystery behind her new costume and her mother ‘s true identity. [ 5 ] After learning that her amnesia and the raw costume were the resultant role of her mother attempting to establish a connection with her, [ 27 ] Zatanna and her forefather tracked Sindella to the ancient city of the Hidden Ones, with aid from the Justice League. [ 28 ] There, Zatanna learned that her mother did n’t die in a car accident, but was abducted by her own people and taken back to the hidden city, as they needed her powers for their civilization to thrive. unfortunately, their reunion was ephemeral as Sindella sacrificed herself to save Zatanna from the lapp destiny as hers. [ 29 ] After a proper funeral for her mother, [ 30 ] Zatanna proved vital in the frustration of the Secret Society of Super-Villains, when she uncovered their plan of switching identities with members of the Justice League, by disguising herself as Star Sapphire. [ 31 ] [ 32 ] Afterwards, Zatanna teamed-up with Superman in order to understand his vulnerability to magic [ 33 ] and late, Zatanna teamed-up with Batman to clear a faith-healer ‘s name. [ 34 ] Finally and in order to move out of her parents ‘ shadows, Zatanna decided to switch to a raw costume one more time, making this version close to her own personality and identity. [ 35 ]

elementary Magic

unfortunately, her shape as part of the League pushed Zatanna over the limits of her abilities and after taking depart on some of the League ‘s most celebrated cases, her magic trick powers started to wane until her mystic abilities were reduced in one-half ; meaning she could merely manipulate elementary charming, which allowed her lone to control natural forces. [ 36 ] This reduced Zatanna ‘s activities as part of the League and she partially resumed her stage career under the steering of her agent. During this fourth dimension, Zatanna confronted The Shrieker, [ 37 ] [ 38 ] who was given powers by Dark Zatanna, a cruller version of the Mistress of Magic who lived in a dark property and attempted to kill Jeff to weaken Zatanna. [ 39 ] Zatanna managed to stop her dark mirror image and continued her stage career. [ 40 ] [ 41 ] When most of the members of the League were busy, Zatanna was the alone penis available to assist Wonder Woman against the Adjudicator. [ 42 ] [ 43 ] In another mission to assist Batman and Superman, Zatanna was affected by knock-down black magic [ 44 ] and she only recovered after Wonder Woman took her to Paradise Island and used the Purple Healing Ray on her. [ 45 ] In yet another close confrontation with the supernatural, Zatanna was possessed by Hellrazer, a brawny devil that attempted to use Zatanna to defeat the Justice League, but failed. [ 46 ] [ 47 ] [ 48 ] One of her last assignments as a member of the League, was to help Blue Devil against the demon/entity called Nebiros. [ 49 ] [ 50 ] After the destruction of the Justice League Satellite, the original members of the League decided to disband the team. however, Aquaman, who was a establish member, decided to create the Justice League Detroit and Zatanna joined the raw team formed of old and new heroes. [ 51 ]

Zatara ‘s Death and Return to Magic

Zatanna found a balance between her stage career and her liveliness as a member of the Justice League and after helping Blue Devil against Nebiros once again, [ 52 ] she survived the crisis that obliterated multiple universes and combined them into a individual universe. unfortunately, these events unleashed supernatural forces that surpassed every being and entity on Earth. The looming menace of the Great Darkness was first perceived by John Constantine, a early boyfriend of Zatanna. Constantine started gathering knock-down sorcerers from over the world to start a séance in ordering to fight the Great Darkness and he soon reached Shadowcrest, asking Zatara and Zatanna ‘s aid, who agreed to help. [ 53 ] Zatanna and her don soon joined Constantine and Sargon the Sorcerer, among others, who had come together to battle the Great Darkness. During the battle, the Darkness attacked the sorcerers, killing Sargon first and then attempted to eliminate Zatanna. Zatara casted a spell to release his daughter from the at hand destine, but sacrificed his own biography in the process. Although, The Darkness was neutralized by other forces, Zatanna had lost her beget and this loss would haunt her on many occasions. [ 54 ] After Zatara ‘s sacrifice, Zatanna returned to her career as a stagecoach magician and her honest-to-god costume, in honor of her former father. During her triumphant return, Zatanna assisted her old friends Hawkman and Hawkwoman against the nickel-and-dime bend known as Kite Man. [ 55 ] however, during other performances, Zatanna noticed her mother ‘s presence nearby and guided by her powers, Zatanna started a quest to save the Homo Magi and find the confidential generator of her magic. This adventure was disrupted by the evil Allura, who had escaped her prison and managed to overcome Zatanna, trapping her using dark charming. Zatanna finally learned the unavowed of her own magic and escaped Allura ‘s trap before returning home, leaving her conflict with Allura unresolved. [ 56 ]

No More Justice League

finally, Zatanna got herself a roommate called Sheri, unaware that she was follower of a cultist known as Adam, who used Sheri to lure Zatanna into a trap. Adam ‘s ultimate goal was to obtain Zatanna ‘s Homo Magi DNA and imbue the meaning into his body, acquiring greater powers. Zatanna was trapped and Adam succeeded in becoming more powerful, [ 57 ] but these powers were excessively much for his human take care and he fell into a deep catatonic department of state. Gypsy and martian Manhunter were drawn to Zatanna ‘s location and they decided to help Adam, despite his past aggressions. [ 58 ] Zatanna used her charming to enter Adam ‘s beware and saved him, bringing the two of them closer together on a spiritual level. [ 59 ] Zatanna decided to leave the Justice League and continued her stagecoach career with Adam at her side. unfortunately, on her first show they were attacked by the evil monster Wotan, who killed Adam and used Zatanna ‘s limbs to create a new body for himself and return to Earth. [ 60 ] Zatanna sought Madame Xanadu ‘s help and Spectre joined the efforts against Wotan. The Spectre released Zatara ‘s person from Wotan ‘s clasp and he returned Zatanna her torso, but failed to capture Wotan himself. Despite this, Zatanna got one last opportunity to see her father before his person could pass away in peace. [ 61 ]

late, Zatanna attended a gather summoned by Spectre, where all mystic beings of Earth decided to continue protecting world for the foreseeable future. [ 62 ] As promised, the mystic protectors gathered to stop an stranger cabal during the invasion of Earth and Zatanna was separate of the team. [ 63 ] however, it did n’t take long for Zatanna to give up her mission as mystic defender of Earth. Distressed from her charming defender life style, Zatanna decided to stop using magic all in all and started living a convention life, relocating to San Francisco, where she experienced a charming catharsis that allowed her to unleash her wide mystic potential. As part of this massive change, Zatanna stopped using backward spells thanks to charming items and she discarded the degree magician outfit for a battle kit. [ 64 ] Thanks to her newly abilities, Zatanna proved to be a valuable ally against the menace of The Spectre and Eclipso combined. [ 65 ] After that end campaign, Zatanna remained largely separated from heroics. finally, Zatanna resumed her career as a stage magician and dropped the charming items and combat suit in favor of her old stage magician equip and her backwards spells. [ 66 ] As she regained her erstwhile notoriety, Zatanna was called upon by her erstwhile allies and she assisted them in multiple world-threatening events, becoming a valuable asset in each occasion. [ 67 ] [ 68 ] [ 69 ]

Identity Crisis and Beyond

While Zatanna was a member of the Justice League, the villain Dr. Light broke into their headquarters and violently raped the Elongated Man ‘s wife Sue Dibny. When Zatanna and several others Leaguers returned, they saw what Dr. Light had done. A crusade broke out and when they last managed to subdue him, he began to threaten them and their families. Zatanna was prepared to erase Light ‘s memories of the incident, but his severe brutality and his promises to do it again sparked a debate among the present League members on whether or not to tamper with his personality and prevent him from repeating his crime. Zatanna, Hawkman and The Atom voted for such action, while green Arrow, Black Canary and Green Lantern voted against. The Flash broke the bind and voted to allow Zatanna to tamper with Light ‘s mind. Zatanna used her charming to do so, but the difficulty of the procedure resulted in her by chance lowering his reason. In the midst of her spell, Batman appeared and tried to stop them. Zatanna froze him, and they voted to have her erase his memories of the incident vitamin a well. Zatanna ‘s mind-wipe of Dr. Light was not an isolated happening. Catwoman discovered that her journey from villain to champion and her resulting efforts to lead a moral life were caused by Zatanna ‘s mental treatment. Selina came to distrust her memories, motives, and the choices she had made since that incident. In a meet of ramp, Catwoman tied Zatanna up and pushed her through a window. Despite this, Zatanna helped Catwoman and, at Selina ‘s behest, mind-wiped petit larceny villains Film Freak and Angle Man, because they had deduced Catwoman ‘s secret identity. Zatanna ‘s mind-wipe of the roll of Secret Society of Super-Villains I after they learned of the League Members ‘ identities was finally undone by Despero as function of a plan to destroy the Justice League. Out of guilt and shame for her participation in brainwashing villains for so long, Zatanna resigned from the League, but not before wiping the memories of the Secret Society after they were defeated. [ 70 ] Zatanna and Batman ‘s friendship degraded once Batman discovered that she had attacked him and tampered with his mind. He began to distrust her and his other friends in the superintendent hero community. When Zatanna helped Batman with reconnaissance at a Lazarus Pit, she asked him why he came to her. “ I needed person I can trust, ” Batman said, “ but I had to settle for you. ” Over clock, however, their kinship appeared to warm ; sometime later he called her for information on a card-counter involved in scamming the Penguin. He made no mention of their conflict, and casually called her by her dub, “ Zee ”. Zatanna and Batman besides investigated the murder of one of Zatanna ‘s former employees, who died while performing in one of Loxias ‘s shows. When they found Loxias, he revealed that he was not who they thought he was—he was in fact the Joker. The Joker shoot Zatanna and locked her in a tank of water. He managed to get the upper hand on Zatanna and Bruce at first, but Bruce broke the stagecoach chair he was tied to in order to free Zatanna from the tank. Afterwards, Bruce stayed aboard Zatanna while she rested through the night, suggesting he still had feelings for her. When Zatanna asked why they did not start a deeper relationship, Batman stated while he did want to open everything to her, he did n’t want to bring her into his dark worldly concern. They both departed on friendly terms .

Heart of Hush and Seven Soldiers

curtly after, Zatanna met Catwoman while performing in Gotham City. After a promptly lecture and a tarot card card read session, Zatanna learned that Catwoman was having troubles with Bruce and she prompted Selina to talk to him before it was excessively late. [ 71 ] Later that night, Selina was attacked by Hush, who removed her heart from her soundbox. After Batman retrieved her heart and Selina was recovering in a hospital board, Zatanna talked to Catwoman ‘s subconscious beware and apologized for not telling her about the incoming danger while reading the cards. Before leaving, Zatanna gave Selina a bottle of a charming cream that would heal Selina ‘s scar faster. [ 72 ] After departing from the Justice League, Zatanna continued her stagecoach career and her occupational group as a defender against mysterious threats, becoming a extremity of the Sentinels of Magic. She besides became the writer of the enormously successful reserve Hex Appeal: The Modern Girl’s Guide to Magic. [ 73 ] At a superhero support group run by Etta Candy, Zatanna recounted how during a fail charming ritual to search for her father ‘s tomes, one of her past ill-cast spells summoned a shapeshifter named Gwydion, who killed her companions. The injury of this, combined with her guilt from her mind-wipes, caused her to lose confidence in herself and she lost her powers. [ 73 ] With the help of her newfangled apprentice Misty Kilgore, she was able to capture Gwydion to use as her own. She finally regained her assurance and powers, and used them to defeat Zor, a rogue Time Tailor who released the Sheeda as a plague to infect and degrade the stallion universe. As a reinforce, the early Time Tailors allowed her one last meet with her beget, who revealed that his books were written in her, his greatest enchantment and endow to the global. In the final examination conflict against the Sheeda, Zatanna cast a spell to move prison term and space, retroactively positioning the Seven Soldiers of Victory to overthrow the Sheeda. Zatanna acted as a reserve penis of the Justice League, aiding them from time to time when her charming expertness was needed. She declined an offer for fully membership, stating her need to take a break from heroics. She remained a regular defender against mystic threats .


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This section of the history takes place during Convergence, a massive crossover event revisiting characters from past eras and realities. The villains This section of the history takes seat during, a massive crossing over event revisiting characters from past eras and realities. The villains Brainiac and Telos plucked them from their own timeline and stored them together, causing them to cross over into each others ‘ reality. Its accurate chronological placement and canonicity may be indecipherable. Main article: Convergence (event) Zatanna, Supergirl, Jade and Vixen were all in Gotham attending a baby shower for Jesse Quick when the city was captured and placed in the dome, and everyone lost their powers. A year late, the heroines had all become slightly accustomed to their new lives as socialites. This came to an end when the attic fell and the League had to fight the Flashpoint Aquaman. [ 74 ] Zatanna and the other heroes fought off the main forces while Kara and Vixen saved Mera. [ 75 ]




  • Mnemonic Incantation: Zatanna casts her spells by saying the words of her incantations backwards. Mnemonic incantation is the most complicated of the mystic arts. On one occasion, the assassin Deathstroke delivered a direct blow to her liver, initiating a regurgitation reaction. On a separate occasion, The Joker (disguised as the stage magician Loxias) shot Zatanna in the neck, rendering her magic useless. She must be able to speak or read backwards in order for her to focus her spells.
  • Vulnerability to Magic: Powerful enchantments against beings of magic, like gods, are able to restrict her as well, preventing her from accessing enchanted places or dispel the adverse charm.[91] Harmful magical realms such as Hell can also hinder how often she can speak her spells and can cause her great physical damage.[84]
  • Pupaphobia (Formerly): Zatanna used to have an intense fear of puppets rooted from a traumatic event in her childhood. Mere sight of a puppet could cause her to become nauseous or make her lose her focus.[80] She seems to have overcome this phobia after a therapy session.


  • Magic Wand: Usually, she is often seen with a magic wand, although whether it is a stage prop or an actual focus for her power remains unknown. She does not need it though, considering her recent appearances without one and being able to cast spells effectively.
  • Magician’s hat: She can project energies/objects out from her hat or even take out any equipment she needs. The hat can also be used as a portal or a dungeon to capture and trap her target in it for as long as she wants. It is also unknown if its just a stage prop or a focus for her power. And just like her wand, she does not need it in order to use her magical powers.

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC’s Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character’s Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • In 1964 the character of Zatanna is introduced. Her childhood is subject to several contradictions. The story of her introduction revolves around her search for her father, Giovanni “John” Zatara. The issues surrounding her search have an internal contradiction. In Hawkman #4, her first appearance, she states that her father disappeared “several years ago,” but in her sixth appearance Justice League of America #51, published in 1967, she states that she has not seen her father “in twenty long years.” Later, in Secret Origins (Volume 2) #27 it is stated that her father disappeared soon after her eighteenth birthday. As of the publication of Justice League of America 51, the identity of her mother had yet to be revealed. Sindella first appeared in Justice League of America #163, published in 1979. Sindella is said to have left immediately after Zatanna’s birth, faking her death to return to her people. If the twenty year separation and the departure of her mother are both accepted as true, Zatanna would have been orphaned. Many other stories refer to her being raised by her father, so it is best to assume that Allura cursed her father around her eighteenth birthday, not soon after her birth. Her father left her sometime immediately thereafter, and they were separated for only “several years.”
  • Zatanna is of both Romani[92][93] and Italian descent.[94]
  • Zatanna’s nicknames include the Mistress of Magic, Princess of Prestidigitation, Zee, Z, Zanna, Zanny and Magic Maid.
  • Zatanna owns a mansion called Shadowcrest, in which she keeps a vast library of magical knowledge, as well as an arsenal of powerful relics, enough to do “just about anything you’d want to do.” Shadowcrest seems to exist in a completely different dimension, although it is initially located outside of Gotham.
  • Zatanna is a vegetarian.[78]
  • Zatanna Zatara (New Earth) appears as Zatanna (Prime) a playable character in the Infinite Crisis video game.


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