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Zatanna. Sexy. Beautiful. Talented. Smart. The second best wearer of fishnets in the DCU. Obsession of Paul Dini.

But why can't the girl have a little happiness and find some true love? With today's post from [insanejournal.com profile] sailorlibra as inspiration, here's a look at some moments in Zatanna's search for the Magic of Love. Not dial-up friendly.

Poor Zee, she just seems to come up empty-hatted when it comes to love. It seems unfair. She's a magician. Can't she just conjure up someone?

Whoops. That's from the first issue of Zatanna/Seven Soldiers and she just conjured up a demon that will lead to her having some problems with her powers. I liked the whole series, but Zatanna's story is pretty great.

Or maybe she could find love with a childhood friend? I ADORED the arc in Batman (issues 840-845) she was featured in. [insanejournal.com profile] sailorlibra did a post on this but I'll include one panel here because I love it so.

"It's wearing a top hat." Classy, subtle, adorable. But despite her putting her self out there for Bruce, there are trust issues because of her mindswiping of Dr. Light. (Mini-rant here -- will she ever live this down? I fear that mindswipe and Zatanna will be associated for ever) And so she goes on her away.

But Zee hasn't always been as subtle. Here she is working her magic (another bad pun, as promised) in an issue of the Justice League Annual #2 when she was in the Detroit League. Let's see how she makes the moves on Danny Glover Dale Gunn (Vixen is also after him).

"Hey, I think I'll wear my see-through nightie and bring Danny Glover some cookies!"

I was waiting for her to say "So shall I call you for breakfast or just nudge you?
(Oh and that invisible person is Gypsy)

Yikes, cockblocked by Gypsy. Oh and look at Sue and Ralph. I totally think that they were in the middle of something when the alarm went off. Let's be glad it's just his neck that's elongated. ^^

You can't talk about Zee's love life without mention of John "Hellblazer" Constantine, her on- again, off-gain boyfriend and tantric sex partner.

I love that page, which is from Zatanna, Secret Origins. There is a slightly more graphic version which I am sure if you google hard enough you will find. You can practically hear the narrator's eyebrows wagging up and down as he says "most eager pupil." The first time I saw it, I cracked up laughing. And what is she doing with Hawkwoman and Hawkman? Hmmm. I would prefer Bruce and Selina if she was up for a threesome. (Or foursome. I am not sure the "double your pleasure, double your fun" Zee we see there is a part of her magic skills or just weird art.)

Oh, and with Constantine, she may have been "eager pupil", but I am not sure how memorable it was. (This is not my scan).

She forgot? Ouch! They'll run into each other again.

Zee also had a fling with Barry Allen. I don't know much about it other than this

And let's not forget Zee is in show business. So when not working with the Justice League, she does live the road life like any entertainer. (This is from "Everyday Magic" a one shot for Vertigo by Dini. It's very hard to find and goes for big $ on eBay. It is very cute.)

(He's not just a one night stand though, he comes back later in the issue. But then quickly leaves because Constantine is there. Foiled again, Zee!)

But maybe Zee wants to be loved just for her? Here's a two page story about her on a date which reminds me a little bit of the TV show "Bewitched." It's from a "Day of Judgement, Secret Files"

Aww, how cute. Not sure why she's wearing the tux on the date (and without the fishnets, although they will probably go on, and off again, when the get back to "ecalp reh").

Any others that you remember?

Right now Zee is apparently out of the JLA but will be getting her own book next year. So hopefully things will get better for her.

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Date: 2009-09-21 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kusonaga.insanejournal.com
Zatanna and Ralph's facial expressions as she stands in front of him suggests he elongated something other than his arms.

Date: 2009-09-21 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seriousfic.insanejournal.com
So the moral of the Secret Files story is that Zatanna can't go one night without using her powers to selfishly inconvenience other people?

Date: 2009-09-21 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greenmask.insanejournal.com
Ooo, like that red outfit. What a headpiece!

Date: 2009-09-21 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starwolf_oakley.insanejournal.com
I wonder if Dini's obsession started before or after he wrote "Zatanna" for BATMAN: TAS. In that episode, Zatanna wore nylons instead of fishnets.

Zatanna: (to Batman) What do you care about some leggy dame in nylons? Or have I answered my own question?

Date: 2009-09-21 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sherkahn.insanejournal.com
Zatanna, count yourself lucky. You took on Constantine and have lived to be happy and well adjusted, (more-or-less).

Date: 2009-09-21 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] box_in_the_box.insanejournal.com
Good to know that the Fresh Prince's Uncle Phil could get some play.

Date: 2009-09-21 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] runespoor7.insanejournal.com
She was in love with Bruce. That automatically dismisses her claims to well-adjusted. (Not Selina's, because Selina's graded on the Gotham scale. There's been no-one saner than her in that town since Canary left.)

Date: 2009-09-21 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaybee3.insanejournal.com
Poor Zee. I wouldn't be surprised if this unlucky in love thing is carried on in the on-going Dini is writing. He probably couldn't get away with as much as he did in the "Everyday Magic" one-shot (which I've got and is a very fun read especially since Constantine comes out looking like a douche) but then maybe not. The scene of Hawkgirl dreaming of having sex with Hawkman in the sky in JLA was more explicit than anything in the one-shot.

One of the problems I had with Zee giving way to Selina in Heart of Hush can be exhibited in the panels in this post. This is a girl who knows what she wants and is not shy about her sexuality. If she wanted Bruce (as she said she did) she would not just clear the decks for Selina to let her have him (especially since they both acknowledged he was seeing Jezebel Jet at the same time).

Date: 2009-09-21 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Pretty much. That saga is actually one of DC Comics' oldest crossovers. It's collected in a paperback called JLA: Zatanna's Quest.

Date: 2009-09-21 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] retro_nouveau.insanejournal.com
Heh! Sitting on the floor in just the fishnets with an empty wine bottle laying next to her, then the next page there's a demon. Sdneirf t'nod tel sdneirf tsac knurd. XD

Everyday Magic was awesome (source of this icon). My favorite writer and Rick Mays was instantly added to retro's List of Favorite Artists.

So... Bruce: NO, NO, NO! Bruce/Selina OTP! Barry: NO, NO, NO! Barry/Iris OTP! Mr. T: No. Constantine: No! Kyle: No. Jason Blood maybe? No... I'll keep looking.

Date: 2009-09-21 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluefall.insanejournal.com
The man is actually in the running with Terry Long for "skeeziest author insert in the DCU." It's not wholesome.

Date: 2009-09-21 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluefall.insanejournal.com
Well, we know Zatanna is a mean drunk. It only makes sense that she's a foolish one as well.

Date: 2009-09-21 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluefall.insanejournal.com
And what is she doing with Hawkwoman and Hawkman?

Oooh, I should post that story! Very silly era-appropriate crack, and it's even in trade.

Date: 2009-09-21 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] box_in_the_box.insanejournal.com
At least Gerry Conway flexed his muscles a bit, by making Dale Gunn a different race. Terry Long almost looks like a permed clone of Marv Wolfman.

Date: 2009-09-21 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaseen101.insanejournal.com
I haven't read about Constantine but I have heard about him but for some reason it's wierd seeing him date Zatanna. I actually in a wierd way, like the idea of Barry/Zatanna, Hank/Zatanna, the guy she is sleeping with that makes pump jokes and the one in the last scans. It might be that I like her with ordinary (or close to ordinary in Barry's case)people better.

Date: 2009-09-21 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaseen101.insanejournal.com
Okay I've changed my mind I don't like her with that Hank guy.

Damn the lack of edit buttons.

Date: 2009-09-21 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] retro_nouveau.insanejournal.com
Well, Dale says "magician" and not "magic-user", so he's off to a great start... XD

But he seems kind of like Alfred. Cool, but wrong age bracket. Like Jason Blood is not old, retro? I don't know, good writing made me love Tom Tresser (and annoyed with my favorite Amazon), so anything can happen.

Am I....

Date: 2009-09-21 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
the only one out there who misses Chuck Patton's art?

Date: 2009-09-21 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aaron_bourque.insanejournal.com
And what is she doing with Hawkwoman and Hawkman?

That "Secret Origins" thing is actually from her origin, she was going all over the DCU at the time, looking for her father--and shoring up her magical skill. She wasn't having sex with everyone.

Well, maybe she was. But she probably wasn't.

Date: 2009-09-21 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aaron_bourque.insanejournal.com
She was in love with Bruce. That automatically dismisses her claims to well-adjusted.

Batman, before the 80s, was quite a catch, actually. Yes, money, yes, good-looking and athletic and good provider blah. He was actually a nice guy.

Date: 2009-09-21 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aaron_bourque.insanejournal.com
Actually, it'd be kinda cool for Architecture and Mortality Dr. Thirteen to pair up with Zee. She kinda needs someone down-to-earth, and there's no one more down-to-earth than Terry Thirteen. And it would be hilarious.

DR 13: There's no such thing as magic!
Zatanna: Syas ohw?

Date: 2009-09-21 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halloweenjack.insanejournal.com
Well, it was at a Constantine-organized gathering (fighting some ultimate evil thingymabob) that her dad went up in flames, so there's that. She apparently didn't take it that personally because she shows up at Constantine's 40th birthday party, in one of Ennis and Dillon's issues (and gets stoned on Swamp Thing-altered pot).

fun fact! the obese woman there is etta candy

Date: 2009-09-21 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottyquick.insanejournal.com
My God. Zatanna has dated Bruce and John Constantine AND lived to tell the tale.

What happens when an irrestible force (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyle_Rayner) meets an immovable object?
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