Appearing in "Z -- As in Zatanna -- and Zero Hour!"
- Sword of Paracelsus (Flashback only)
- Bell, Book, & Candle
Synopsis for "Z -- As in Zatanna -- and Zero Hour!"
Zatanna has summoned Batman, Green Lantern, Atom, Hawkman, and Elongated Man to the Justice League Headquarters in order to tell them that she had succeeded in finding her father, the magician Zatara, thanks to their help. However, all the heroes recall all their adventures with Zatanna as failures, and Batman has never met Zatanna at all, so far as he can remember.
She explains that she finally tracked down a way to travel to the magical realm which her father has been kept prisoner by the evil Allura. Summoning mystical duplicates of the Justice League members (and Elongated Man) she has encountered to help in her fight, she is unaware that she is being tricked into a trap. As she tells her story, Zatanna explains to Batman that they have met previously when she traveled to Gotham City and disguised herself as a witch who was then used by his foe the Outsider during one of his cases with Robin.
Zatanna keeps telling the story and informs them that Zatara, knowing that his daughter is approaching to their own doom, summoned his old foe Amen-Hotep, to create a distraction in order to keep Zatanna and her mystically created JLA members at bay while Zatara sends the good side of Allura to stop her evil half.
With Allura defeated, Zatara and Zatanna are finally reunited and they return to Earth. Finishing her story, Zatara appears and thanks the heroes gathered for helping his daughter free him.
- This issue is reprinted in Justice League of America Archives Vol. 7.
- This is the conclusion of "Zatanna's Search" for her father. The story arc is chronicled in: Hawkman #4, Detective Comics #336 (per a later retcon), The Atom #19, Green Lantern (Volume 2) #42, Detective Comics #355, and finally Justice League of America #51. This issue includes very brief summaries of the earlier stories. The entire storyline is collected in JLA: Zatanna's Search.
- Zatara's "old foe" Amen-Hotep was last seen in Action Comics #5 (Oct 1938). That's pretty old.
- According to the statement of circulation published in this issue, the average total distribution of each issue during the preceding 12-months for this title was 408,549. The issue nearest to filing date had a total distribution of 457,658 (plus 225,342 copies spoiled, unaccounted for, or for office use -- that's 1/3 of its print run)!
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