"The Secret Spell!": Certain night in Shadowcrest, Zatanna arrives at her home only to find the whole place turned upside down and her father, the great magician Zatara, nowhere to be found. Zatanna searches among her father's pe
- I am... Zatara. Tonight, you will witness mysteries, you will doubt your senses, perhaps your very sanity. Some among you may call it magic. But only Zatara will know the real... from the unreal.
- -- Zatara
Appearing in "The Secret Spell!"
- Zatara's Father (Flashback only)
- Zatara's Mother (Flashback only)
- Luigi Zatara (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "The Secret Spell!"
Certain night in Shadowcrest, Zatanna arrives at her home only to find the whole place turned upside down and her father, the great magician Zatara, nowhere to be found. Zatanna searches among her father's personal notes and finds his diary. On the last entry, there is only a distress note and Zatanna knows her father is in danger. In order to find a way to help him, Zatanna examines the diary, from the very beginning.
The book includes personal notes by Zatara on how his grandfather introduced him to the world of magic at a very early age, but it wouldn't be until his nineteenth birthday that Zatara would learn the extent of his powers. He had already decided to pursue a career in performing magical arts, but his big debut was not exaclty good as he had expected. Despite all his years of training, Zatara still lacked his own style and doing some research on the family's past, he found a book by Leonardo da Vinci. Zatara noticed a series of paragraphs written backwards and as soon as he read them, things around him starting acting strange, as if following the command given by Zatara's reading of the notes. Without a clue of how to stop such strange events, Zatara simply deduced he had to command the objects to stop by speaking the words backwards and the trick worked. With his newfound abilities, Zatara gained confidence, which showed in his performance and he became a sensational magician once he started using his real powers in combination with his illusions and tricks.
The book contains also all of Zatara's adventures as a crime fighter as well as a performer and Zatanna is baffled at the recent discovery. In order to test her own magic abilities, Zatanna speaks backwards and the magic powers flow right through her, just like her father. Zatanna then realizes that she has the duty to find and save her father from whatever perils he must be facing and so she starts a journey which will take her across the world and where she will meet many heroes until eventually, Zatanna and Zatara are reunited.
Appearing in "The Origin of the Justice League!"
- Justice League of America (Flashback and main story)
- Appellaxian invaders (First appearance)
- Amazons (Flashback only)
- Appellaxian Meteor Ships
Synopsis for "The Origin of the Justice League!"
This story is reprinted from Justice League of America #9.
At the time aliens from the planet Appellax had come to Earth following the death of their ruler in order for a representative of each race to vie for leadership over the planet but combating on Earth. The one who is able to win becomes the planets leader. Going to Earth with special meteors that cause those near by to change into a similar form as the attacker, the aliens arrival on Earth gains the attention of each of the founding members of the Justice League.
Martian Manhunter would fight a stone being and destroy a meteorite that is changing people into stone, he would then go to the next meteor and get stuck because getting close to it turns him into a tree. The same would happen to the others, they'd fight the nearest opponent and destroy the meteor then travel to the next one and become trapped like the Manhunter. Eventually Aquaman, Green Lantern, Flash and Wonder Woman would all become trapped and slowly be transformed into trees. However, they would work together combining their powers and abilities to free themselves, stop the tree-like alien, and restore themselves to normal. Traveling to the north, they would team up with Batman and Superman who were already facing the final invader, who's meteor's Kryptonite composition was weakening the Man of Steel.
Defeating this final foe and saving Superman, the assembled group of heroes then decide to work again in the future, and thus the Justice League of America was born.
Appearing in "Unleash the One Who Waits"
- Glenda Mark (First appearance)
- Harry Matthews (First appearance)
- Randu Singh (First appearance)
- Inspector Stavic
- Merlin (First appearance) (Flashback and main story)
- Gomali Singh
- Unliving Messenger
- Gotham City
- Witches' Brew
- Camelot (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Unleash the One Who Waits"
This story is reprinted from Demon #1.
In the waning days of Camelot, Merlin transforms his demon familiar Etrigan into a man, Jason Blood, who loses his memory of his Demon identity. By the 20th Century, Morgaine Le Fey, Merlin's adversary, has arisen anew and wishes to replenish her youth with Merlin's secrets. She forces Jason Blood to become the Demon again and to lead her to Merlin's tomb.
Appearing in "Earth's First Green Lantern!"
- Abin Sur (Flashback only)
- Ungara (First appearance) (Flashback only)
- Athmoora (Flashback only)
- Pendara (Flashback only)
- Orlana (Flashback only)
- Abin Sur's Starship (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Earth's First Green Lantern!"
This story is reprinted from Green Lantern (Volume 2) #16.
As Hal recharges his ring and changes back into his civilian guise, Pieface has some questions regarding about the Green Lantern that he succeeded: Abin Sur. Like why he never wore a mask and why he flew in a spaceship when Hal found him instead of using his power ring to fly like the other Green Lanterns. Hal tells Pieface that shortly after he became the Green Lantern, he asked his power ring the same questions, and it recounted Abin Sur's last adventure prior to crashing on Earth:
Abin Sur was inspecting the planet Athmoora which has been perpetually stuck in a neo-medieval stage instead of being in an atomic age. Probing one of the inhabitants' minds he learns that the energy beings known as the Larifars have stunted their progress by robbing them of their intelligence.
Abin then traveled to the Larifar home planet and imprisoned the entire race, except for Balzona, who was on another planet waiting for his fellows to arrive and drain the intelligence of another planet. When Balzona learns of his races fate, he goes after Abin Sur and terrorizes his home planet. Abin agrees to free the other Larifars, however convinces Balzona that his power ring wouldn't have the power to bring them to that location in time. Boarding a shuttle, Abin Sur uses the long space flight to trick Balzona is distracted by flying near Sirus's green radiation belt, Abin Sur is able to recharge his power ring without Balzona noticing. Abin then uses his power ring to imprison Balzona and send him to join his fellow Larifars. During the flight home however, Abin was struck by a yellow radiation belt negating his power ring long enough to be unable to prevent his shuttle from crashing on Earth -- and his destined meeting with Hal Jordan.
Finishing his story, Hal gives Pieface the title in which he'll call the story once he writes it down in his case book "Earth's First Green Lantern."
Appearing in "Who Has Been Lying in My Grave?"
- Heldrich (lion tamer) (Single appearance)
- Constable Ramsey (phony cop) (Single appearance)
- The Hook (Behind the scenes)
- Hill's Circus Performers
Synopsis for "Who Has Been Lying in My Grave?"
This story is reprinted from Strange Adventures #205.
After circus acrobat Boston Brand, aka Deadman, is killed by a hook-handed sniper with a high-powered rifle during his performance, his ghost remains earthbound. Rama Kushna, the spirit of the universe, tells Deadman that he will have the power to walk among men until he finds his murderer. Deadman soon finds that he has the power to enter and control living people's bodies. Taking over the body of Tiny, the circus strongman, he breaks up a dope-smuggling racket and then begins his search for his killer.
Appearing in "The Origin of Wonder Girl"
Synopsis for "The Origin of Wonder Girl"
This story is reprinted from Teen Titans #22.Upon the Titans' return to Earth, Wonder Girl unexpectedly collapses, the result of a recently recurring series of fainting spells. In explanation, she tells the other Titans her origin for the first time. As a child, she had been saved from an apartment building fire by Wonder Woman, and taken by her to Paradise Island to live after all attempts to ascertain her identity or those of her parents (presumed to be a couple killed in the blaze) had failed. Becoming Queen Hippolyta's foster daughter and Wonder Woman's foster sister, she was unable to compete with the Amazons on a physical level, lacking their special powers, and so was given powers almost identical to those of Wonder Woman by scientist Paula von Gunther's Purple Ray.
Returning to the outside world to join the Teen Titans, she was forced to stay behind when the other Amazons sojourned to another dimension to recharge their magical powers (as shown in Wonder Woman), and had been secretly living in Titan Lair since that time. Now, she takes the name Donna Troy as a civilian identity and moves into an apartment in Greenwich Village with new friend Sharon Tracy. Later, she is contacted by Queen Hippolyta, who informs her that the Amazons' use of the Purple Ray had been accidentally responsible for her recurring weak spells, a problem which has now been corrected. Wonder Girl celebrates her new life by designing a new costume and changing her hairstyle.
- "The Secret Spell!" is the only original story in this issue. It is reprinted in JLA: Zatanna's Search.
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