Tuesday, April 27, 2021

DC Direct - ZATANNA!

DC Comics - Mystics, Mages, and Magicians - Zatanna - DC Direct 2000

It took me a long long time to get on board with Zatanna. When I look at powerful DC women like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Harley, and Catwoman, a lady in a stage magician costume and top hat just held very little appeal. It wasn't until I read the Everyday Magic comic in 2003 that I fell in love. I learned she actually WAS a stage magician who was disguising her legit magical powers. A true hiding-in-plain-sight situation. Zatanna is the daughter of famed JSA member Zatara, whose popularity she has far surpassed. Her role in Justice League Dark further cemented my obsession with her, but ironically I've learned to prefer the original costume that I always wrote off as so cheesy. This early DC Direct figure is my favorite representation of that look. Taken directly from her introductory panel in Hawkman, this figure Silver Age perfection. DC Direct had a knack for creating truly classic-looking figures, and it's a shame no other companies seem willing to fill the void. Let's check out Zatanna Zatara below!

Real soft-goods fishnets on an action figure is so bizarre to me. It collects dust like crazy, if it snags on something they look horrible, and the seams on the back of the legs are a disaster. But I know fans inexplicably love this kind of detail.

Zatara's articulation is pretty simple. She has a swivel neck, swivel shoulders, hinge elbows, swivel wrists, and swivel leg articulation. The legs are interesting because they literally can't be in any other pose without her falling down. And she comes with a figure stand that is definitely necessary.

Time for a Comparison Pic!


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