The Girl Who Split in Two!; The Machine that Magnetized Men! last edited by Darkside_of_the_Sun on 02/14/19 08:57PM View full history

“THE GIRL WHO SPLIT IN TWO!” Featuring the first appearance of Zatanna! Separately investigating the mysterious arrival of two artifacts at the Midway City Museum, Hawkman and Hawkgirl each find a paralyzed girl in a magician’s costume speaking gibberish! Who is this girl? And how is she related to the Golden Age hero Zatara?

Zatanna bursts onto the scene in "The Girl Who Split in Two!" The story begins with Carter and Shiera Hall (Hawkman and Hawkgirl) being mystified about the sudden appearance of two artifacts in their museum. Hawkman travelled to the city of Yin in China's Hunan province to discover the secret origin of a Shang Dynasty statue, while Hawkgirl flew to the Meath and the Hill of Tara ruins in Ireland to do the same for a Celtic ceremonial cup.

What each of the Hawks found was an immobilised woman dressed in top hat and tails. Meeting back in their orbiting spaceship, the Hawks realised that they each had one half of the same woman. Following the woman's instructions, they put her together again and heard her story.

Zatanna explained that she had been casting a spell to find her lost father (Zatara) and found clues that led her to an evil Oriental Lama and a sinister man called the Druid. Zatanna had split herself in two, but had been immobilised at each location. Frozen in place, she had magically caused the artifacts to appear in the Midway City Museum in order attract their interest.

Using their Absorbascon (a device that can read minds) to learn if anyone on Earth knew anything about Zatara, only to draw a blank. Dismayed, but determined to continue her search, Zatanna left the Hawks.

The second story "The Machine that Magnetized Men!", the cover story of this issue sees thieves from the 120th century traveling back in time to steal artifacts for their art gallary in their time. Can Hawkman and Hawkgirl stop these criminals in time?

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A little bit of a strange issue though somewhat on par with the typical reading experience from the silver age, this is best known for being the first appearance of Zatanna Zatara. She appears here in a story which could seem almost like a throwaway, except that the character was given a second chance elsewhere to catch on as one of DC's B-List characters. The first story, and the one focusing on her is a bit non-sensical, and not really in line with those powers that she would later exhibit, ...

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