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    Default Golden Age Zatara (Giovanni "John" Zatara) Appreciation 2019

    NOTE: This is a continuation of the previous "Zatara (Giovanni "John" Zatara) appreciation thread" which can be read here:
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    First appearing in the same issue as a certain Kryptonian, "Zatara Master Magician" was one of several features to debut in Action Comics #1 (June 1938).

    It looks like Zatara appeared relatively regularly in Action Comics until issue #132 (cover-dated May 1949) and then sporadically until he disappeared from that title after issue #141 (February 1950). However, he also was appearing in World's Finest Comics starting with the first issue (which was actually World's Best Comics) cover-dated (Spring) 1941, with that gig lasting until issue #51 (April-May 1951).

    When he next appeared, it would be when his daughter Zatanna began searching for her father in the 1960s, starting in Hawkman #4 (October-November 1964).

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    By the way, here's the full version of Zatara's Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe Vol. XXVI (April 1987) entry:

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    from Action Comics #3 (August 1938):



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    I'm kind of annoyed and disappointed that we never got a Zatara story to celebrate HIS 80th anniversary alongside Superman's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cmbmool View Post
    I'm kind of annoyed and disappointed that we never got a Zatara story to celebrate HIS 80th anniversary alongside Superman's.
    I've had this idea that they should do a "World's Finest" story with Zatara and Slam Bradley.
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    I like the one appearance Zatara on B:TAS.

    ZataraBTAS.jpg

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    I was introduced to him in a 3-part Zatanna story in Adventure Comics illustrated by Gray Morrow. Great stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcekada View Post
    I was introduced to him in a 3-part Zatanna story in Adventure Comics illustrated by Gray Morrow. Great stuff!
    Possibly Adventure Comics #413-415 (from late 1971)?




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    Yes, indeed!

    I loved that comic book. Unfortunately, my mom gave it away (to the trash men) a couple of years later because we didn't have room at the time for a small comic book collection. After that, I started storing my comic books at my grandparents -- who had room and lived next door.

    That's also one of my favorite Bronze Age Supergirl outfits. Look at it now -- it seems to have been inspired somewhat by Batgirl's original outft -- with matching log on chest and belt. I pretty much ignored that Robotman story.

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    A few more pages with Zatara from Action Comics #3 (August 1938):



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    I really enjoyed the use of Zatara on the Young Justice cartoon, and the eventual resolution of his story was bittersweet.

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