Everyone loves Zatanna Zatara, not because she is the greatest sorcerer in DC Comics but because she is beautiful and intriguing with her backward spells. Since her first appearance in 1964 we had the pleasure of witnessing several Zatanna costumes throughout different time periods. Everyone’s favorite though circles back to the first one she ever had.
Many of her outfits are variations of the one first seen in Hawkeye issue 4. In fact she is seen on the first page, front and center. She is wearing a sort of Tuxedo, white shirt, bow tie, fishnet stockings and a top hat. She also has on heels and spandex bottoms or something. There are variations of this costume where she wears a corset or vest or whatever, but they are all based on this costume from her first appearance. This outfit is similar to the one her father used to wear, and looks like something a stage magician would wear.
In Swam Thing 49 (from the 80s) we see Zatanna and Constantine interact for the first time on a comic panel. In this case she is wearing a red jumpsuit with a belt and some kind of ornament on her head. In the original comic, several panels have the opening of her outfit lined with yellow, however in another panel the lining and her belt are white. In reprints the yellow coloring on her clothes had been removed from all the panels. This is one of the more peculiar Zatanna outfits. Even Constantine in this comic points out that he missed the old costume, and Zatanna ridicules how bad it used to look with the top hat and fishnet stockings. Near the end of the comic though, we see the true costume that she had during the 80s.
During this time period she had a one-piece outfit along with a blue jacket, stockings and a white cape. Along with the same headpiece she also had square-like earrings red in color. There is also a jewel-like medallion in front of her collar. This one of many Zatanna costumes can be seen often in the series Justice League of America. In a flash-back sequence during Identity Crisis we see this costume again but slightly different earrings. A closer look at the headpiece reveals that it is a dragon. This costume is my personal favorite of them all.
Of all the different Zatanna costumes, the New-52 era may be the most interesting. In the comic Justice League Dark we can observe several variations of outfits involving leather, corsets and fishnet. I think they were going for a goth look here, but she often comes off looking like a streetwalker.