Zatanna is a
superhero and one of the greatest magic-users in the DC Universe. Her father
is the legendary magician and adventurer, John Zatara, and she works hard to
live up to his legacy. The traditional method of spell-casting she uses
involves speaking words and sentences backwards. In addition to her career as
a hero, she is also a very notable stage performer. She has been a member of
the Justice League of America, the Sentinels of Magic, and the Seven Soldiers.
Zatanna was created by Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson, first appearing
in Hawkman #4. (1964)
Zatanna is a member
of the mystic tribe of sorcerers called the Hidden Ones, or Homo Magi. Zatanna
inherited her mother's ability to manipulate magic and her father's penchant
for heroism. Zatanna's mother, Sindella, later faked her own death to return
the Hidden One's sanctum in Turkey, leaving her daughter in John Zatara's
Zatara traveled the
world with his daughter and taught her to harness her magical abilities.
Zatanna was later raised by strangers, however, when the evil witch Allura
cursed Zatanna and prevented her from seeing her father. Zatanna was left to
search fruitlessly for her natural parents.
Zatanna discovered her
father's diary and created a stage persona for herself. Her quest to find her
father led her into a brief affair with John Constantine. Later, with the help
of the Justice League of America, Zatanna was able to lift Allura's curse and
reunite with her father and later her mother. Tragically, Sindella died
rescuing her daughter from the city of the Hidden Ones, while her father died
saving her and the spiritual dimensions from the Great Evil Beast.
As a long standing
member of the JLA, Zatanna fought countless super-villains and mystic threats.
After the death of her father, however, she retired from active adventuring
and continues to maintain her family home of Shadowcrest. She now lives in San
Francisco, seeking a normal life while trying to preserve the balance of
Earth's light and dark mystical community. In this role she serves as one of
the Sentinels of Magic.
Updated: July 25th, 2013
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