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I bring you today five and a half pages of a 17-page story, found in DC Super-Stars #11 circa January 1977 - "DC Super-Stars of Magic!" Story by Len Wein, art by Gray Morrow.




On the prologue page, Zatara is ambushed in his study by...something.





I love how Zee just looks mildly miffed at this turn of events. Anyhoo, magic carpet ride, swordfights with savages, Tower of the Dead blah blah blah, when suddenly...GORGANUS.





Impy demons follow them home interrogation blah blah, Zatara is on the rampage across New York...



As Zatara falls unconscious a blonde demon spirit rises from his body, and Zee traps it in a jar...



And a good day was had by all. :D

Now for the real reason I lured you guys in here with lovely Gray Morrow art - to critique my less lovely art! (see how that works?) I've never been altogether happy with Zee's top hat and tails look, and the less said about her other looks the better. So I thought I'd try a redesign - call it an alternate-Earth Zatanna if you like - with the idea in mind of the costumers Piper Perabo and Scarlett Johannsen wore in The Prestige.


Zatanna redesign 1 by ~perletwo on deviantART

Hope that DA embed thing works. Anyhoo, the snakey-headpiece was the one element of the 80s costume I thought worth keeping. The hatching on her legs is meant to be fishnets, not dirt. :D The opera cloak owes a little something to the Phantom Stranger, without being a direct steal.
Pleased with the relative lack of anatomy fail in this one.

I've got another idea for a Criss Angel punk-metal based redesign, but I haven't worked out the details in my head yet.


So there you go - the Zataras, father/daughter relationship of the year, y/n?

Tag wranglers! char: john zatara (does not exist yet), char: zatanna zatara, creator: gray morrow, creator: len wein, publisher: dc comics

Date: 2010-02-28 02:27 am (UTC)
kirke_novak: (Marvel: Deadpool (tentacles))
From: [personal profile] kirke_novak
Fishnets? Check
Tentacles? Check
"Masters"? Check

Ok, who sold the pictures from my last b-day party to S_D? Hm? Come on!

Date: 2010-02-28 08:00 am (UTC)
tacobob: Mordecai Not Very Impressed (Default)
From: [personal profile] tacobob
Dead Lobster thing on her head? Hey!

Date: 2010-02-28 04:21 am (UTC)
aaron_bourque: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
Damn that's some fine art.

Date: 2010-02-28 11:17 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Isn't it though? Just lovely to look at.

Date: 2010-02-28 04:23 am (UTC)
retro_nouveau: AARP Bruce (66)
From: [personal profile] retro_nouveau
Mirror Image creates 1d4 images plus one image per three caster levels (maximum 8 images total).

Zatanna Zatara : Jeff Sloane :: Donna Troy : Terry Long ? XP

I like your redesigns, especially the gloves and boots. :) Um, everything except the 80s snakey-headpiece? Your art is really coming along nicely!

I'd like you to redesign this Jeff Sloane's look next. The polka-dot pants and matching ascot scarf do not work for me at all. XP

Date: 2010-02-28 11:18 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I've always wanted to see a normal world magic user in the DCU or MU who actually DOES think in D&D terms to get things done. It would add a neat element to them, and act as the built in limitation that too powerful a magic user would need for story purposes.

Date: 2010-02-28 01:44 pm (UTC)
retro_nouveau: AARP Bruce (68)
From: [personal profile] retro_nouveau
Agreed. DCU/MU magicians are crazy powerful, and limiting her to elemental spells made her boring. At least you have a chance with Zee if you can cover her mouth before she starts bending reality.

Date: 2010-02-28 02:32 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Except of course you don't, as (apart from when written by the likes of Brad Metzler whose awareness of the DCU is as good as his plotting) she doesn't need to speak her spells, it's simply an aid to make it easier to do.

Date: 2010-02-28 02:44 pm (UTC)
retro_nouveau: AARP Bruce (24)
From: [personal profile] retro_nouveau
Ugh, I'm with team Metzler on this. Otherwise, everyone else can retire and Zee can be the League of One.

Date: 2010-03-01 04:29 am (UTC)
aaron_bourque: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
She's taken the Silent Spell feat. Gagging her will do no good. Meltzer fail.

Date: 2010-03-01 12:42 pm (UTC)
retro_nouveau: AARP Bruce (24)
From: [personal profile] retro_nouveau
Still a little better than his earlier look! It looks like his scarf was a present from redesigned!Zee. You lost me at "without socks" -- if that didn't make Zee put an ad out for a new manager, nothing will. :D

Your art skillz are starting to hit their stride. My #2 motto will now be "be careful what you wish for"!!1! :)

Date: 2010-02-28 05:03 am (UTC)
jkcarrier: me, at my old office (Default)
From: [personal profile] jkcarrier
One of my favorite Zee stories. I wonder whatever happened to Jeff, has he appeared at all in recent years?

Date: 2010-02-28 08:01 am (UTC)
tacobob: Mordecai Not Very Impressed (Default)
From: [personal profile] tacobob
Probably went to the same place all boring love-interest characters went to.

Date: 2010-02-28 11:33 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
I don't think he's supposed to be a love interest, just a good friend - and her manager, so they have a business relationship as well.

Date: 2010-03-03 02:21 am (UTC)
kenn_el: Northstar_Hmm (Default)
From: [personal profile] kenn_el
He became Nekron.

Date: 2010-02-28 06:19 am (UTC)
proteus_lives: (Default)
From: [personal profile] proteus_lives
Fishnets forever!

Date: 2010-02-28 11:36 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Interesting that the villain is Allura, who dates back to Zee's first appearances. She's probably the closest thing to an archenemy the character has, even though she hasn't appeared for years, that I know of.

Date: 2010-02-28 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
That's a shame - I mean, it's not all that surprising; she's a fairly generic character when you get down to it, but Zee deserves villains of her own. You can't be a really top-notch character in comics unless you've got a rogues gallery.

Date: 2010-02-28 04:32 pm (UTC)
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Default)
From: [personal profile] sistermagpie
Have to agree with everyone on the art here, and I love everybody's personality.

Date: 2010-03-01 06:20 pm (UTC)
halloweenjack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
Jeff has to be a Marty Stu. Who else but someone working in comics would wear polka-dotted pants with a matching scarf?

Date: 2010-03-01 07:18 pm (UTC)
halloweenjack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
Wrong--I came of age in the 70s. Plaid bell-bottom pants, yes. Polyester leisure suits, yes--somewhere, there's pictures of me in one. Polka-dots? Not that I remember. And definitely not by 1977. Pics or it didn't happen.

Date: 2010-03-01 07:22 pm (UTC)
halloweenjack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
And, just to clarify, I'm talking about an adult male, old enough to have a mustache, wearing the pants (scarf optional) as streetwear, not posing for a picture. (I just did a GIS and no dice.)

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