Entering the magic ring, comics top two companies, Marvel and DC. In the next couple of articles I will explore how these 2 comic companies represent magic, and in classic battleboard fashion put them head to head to see who comes out on top!

First, a singles match. Marvel’s top Sorcerer Supreme Dr. Strange versus DC’s Zatanna.

Doctor Stephen Strange (commonly known as Doctor Strange) was co-created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, and first appeared in Strange Tales #110 (July 1963).

Doctor Strange uses magical artifacts to augment his power, such as the Cloak of Levitation,the Eye of Agamotto, and the Book of the Vishanti.

Zatanna Zatara was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Murphy Anderson, Zatanna first appeared in Hawkman vol. 1 #4 (October–November 1964).

Zatanna usually casts spells by speaking verbal commands backwards. She has also proven capable on many occasions of casting spells by speaking normally, and, in rarer occasions, the ability to use magic for simple tasks without speaking. When not doing the hero thing she takes the stage doing classic stage magic.

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In the 2004 limited series Identity Crisis, Zatanna is a member of the Justice League of America when the villain Dr. Light brutally attacks and rapes the Elongated Man’s wife, Sue Dibny. When caught, he threatens the JLA members’ families. Although Zatanna is prepared to erase Light’s memories of the incident (this is something she had done in the past) this time a debate arose: should the villain’s personality be transformed in order to prevent him from repeating his crime? In the process of mindwiping Dr. Light, Batman appears on the scene. Zatanna freezes him, and the members vote unanimously to erase Batman’s memories of the incident as well.

Strange appeared as a supporting character the 2000s. During the 2006-2007 company-wide Civil War storyline involving the introduction of a federal Superhuman Registration Act, which splits the superhero community, Strange is opposed to mandatory registration. Beginning with New Avengers #27, he secretly shelters in his residence the anti-registration splinter group of the Avengers. The legislation was eventually repealed. Strange then sought out a successor Sorcerer Supreme. After he had considered several magic-users,chose Brother Voodoo in New Avengers #54. That lasted a couple years until Voodoo died and Stephen Strange assumed the role again.

Hands down Zatanna wins this point, the Identity Crisis arc was an amazing read, Civil War had some good points but had many more strikes against it, in my opinion.

Next battle category, aging.The good doctor hasn’t held his age as well as Zatanna, so a point for the top hat and tails!

Next up, attire. Doctor Strange’s outfit comes from the McBride Mystery School Collection. Zatanna with the top hat and tails comes from the Lance Burton School of Conjuring(Nathan Burton’s School provided the fishnet stockings!). Tough battle here, but a tip of the hat gives Zatanna another point. Three to zero, but there is more battle to be had!

Power levels- Doctor Strange is certainly presented as the sorcerer supreme, and as far as displays of power between the two characters, Stephen takes this one handily! Supporting characters- Strange has his house assistant Wong. Zatanna has a cousin, Zachary Zatara, with similar powers, costume etc. Wong is cool, Zach is ANNOYing! Point to the Sorcerer! Use in their respective universes- In this area Zatanna has had a long history but not a remarkable one, whereas Strange has had his hand in a lot of stories. We are tied!

Strange is certainly presented as the more mystical of the 2 characters whereas Zatanna is more classic magic, so the two acceptable, but different approaches to the Art, face off in the final battle and the point and win goes to Doctor Strange.

He may have won this battle, but the War of Magic between Marvel and DC is certainly not decided….yet! Stay tuned for Part Two!