Currently Reading: The Marvelous Land of Oz

After finishing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz graphic novel a few weeks back, I am getting ready to read The Marvelous Land of Oz.

I am really looking forward to reading this book since it has one of my favorite characters, Jack Pumpkin-head.    This time the adventure does not include Dorothy, instead focusing on a boy who is actually from Oz named Tip.

In the opening of the graphic novel, Eric Shanower talks about the history of The Marvelous Land of Oz, and how it was almost the book that wasn’t.   L. Frank Baum did not have any desire to write another Oz book, but after becoming rich off of the musical on Broadway, he felt the desire to do so. It is interesting how close we came to only ever having one story.    Then we end up with over 40 stories, spanning from The Wizard of Oz to the Wicked series as of late.

If you have never had a chance to read the Oz books, you should give it a try.  Different from the musical that we still see on TV every now and again, the books go into so much more depth, creating such a rich world.

Take that world, and give it to the artistic vision of Skottie Young, and you really have something.   His art is so free and cute and dynamic, that it really takes you into this amazing world.   At the end of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Young takes us on an indepth look at how he created the characters.  The best is the creation of the lion, going from a lion that is fairly realistic in approach, to the lovable ball of fur we have come to love.

I am really excited to get going on this one.  Anyone else read this one yet?  Plan to?


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