Posts tagged ‘Zatara’

Detective 379 – Two Robins in danger, and Elongated Man meets Zatara

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Detective 378 (Sept. 68) concludes the Frank Robbins/Bob Brown/Joe Giella story that began last issue.

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Batman is alerted to both Robins in danger, and goes to rescue the one who he can tell is not the real one, taking him out of the picture, and learning that side of the plan to kill him.  Alfred dresses up as Batman and tries to rescue Dick, but fails and falls into the harbour.  Chino sees this, and thinks Batman is dead.

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When Chino calls Salvo to gloat over killing Batman, Salvo and his men come to kill Chino.  Batman and Robin save the boy and captures Salvo and his men.  Robin returns home, and Chino is placed in foster care, promising to be good.

Not a great story, but a big change from the past few years.

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Zatara makes his first appearance since being found by Zatanna in this story by Gardner Fox, with Sid Greene art.  He has opened a magic shop, but gets attacked by criminals who want to use his magic tricks for crime.

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While unconscious, he dreams of the Elongated Man, and in doing so gives Ralph his backwards magic casting powers.

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Ralph goes to find Zatara, and of course finds the crooks who attacked him, and takes them down.  Zatara wakes, and removes the powers from Ralph.  As a nice touch, Ralph was not able to use the magic well, because he found the backwards speaking too difficult.

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Adventure 415 – Zatanna finds Zatara

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Adventure 415 (Feb 72) has the climax to this tale by Len Wein and Gray Morrow.  Zatanna uses her spells to return Jeff to human form, and take them back to New York City.

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They discover Zatara running rampant in the city, having conjured up dragons.

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Father and daughter battle, and Zatanna wins, but Zatara was not quite himself.  He had been possessed by Allura, the sorceress/demon who had possessed him back in the story that first introduced Zatanna back in the 60s.

 

Adventure 413 – Zatanna begins

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Zatanna begins her back-up series in Adventure 413 (Dec 71), which would run sporadically during the rest of Supergirl’s run in the book.  Despite having been around in the comics for 7 years, this was the first time the character had a series of her own.  The story is by Len Wein, and Gray Morrow provides the evocative art.

This story, in which Zatara is kidnapped and Zatanna must track him down, resembles the storyline that introduced her character across the DC line in the mid 60s.  The family estate is called Shadowcrest for the first time in this story.

She has a manager/boyfriend, Jeff Sloane, who functions as her sidekick in the series.

Zatanna tracks her father to a different dimensional world, where she and Jeff are both captured at the end of the tale.

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