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Giovanni "John" Zatara was a powerful magician and superhero in the mid-to-late 20th century.

He was also the father of another magical icon Zatanna Zatara who he vigorously trained in the arts of magic from the moment of her birth, as well as mentor to her future boyfriend Nick Necro.

After becoming so powerful with the magical arts, Zatara and three of his old magic companions became the founding members of the insidious organization called the Cult of the Cold Flame, a cult they created to organize an army of magic users.[1] When Zatara would learn of a great magical threat, he prepared a plan in secret to fight the evil with his friend Sargon the Sorcerer. He son realised however, he and Sargon may not live to see out their plan so they made arrangements with the sorceress Circe and the Lord of Chaos Mordru, and recruited the young wizard John Constantine to fulfil Zatara's plan in his absence.[2] Zatara kept his daughter Zatanna in the dark on his plans but would involve her in a séance to fight the dark presence alongside Constantine and Sargon which, as predicted, killed Zatara and Sargon.[3] After their deaths they would be taken to the Other Place and tortured by the Otherkind although Zatara occasionally managed to outsmart his captors and send the occasional warning to his daughters allies in the Justice League Dark.




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