Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Sampling Of Oz Comics Over The Years

Hey, I was getting some scans of front covers of Oz comics in for my next Oz video, and thought that I'd share them here, as you probably won't get to see them for very long in the video... (Click on any one for a larger image.)
One of the earliest comic book adaptations of the book. Very abbreviated. The Wicked Witch of the West has the Silver Shoes, and the Wizard is just a man who gives Dorothy and her friends advice.
The official comic book of the TV show. Retells a few of the episodes.
The licensed comic book of the MGM movie, the first ever collaboration between Marvel and DC Comics.
The first in a failed series from Marvel to adapt all of the Oz stories, using the style of John R. Neill and the designs of the MGM movie in the artwork.
One of the first "Adult" Oz comics. The writer had a feel for Baum's world, but also twisted it to the extreme. Some like it, some don't. It's a mixed bag.
Yes, it's Oz, Wonderland, Looking-Glass Land, and Captain Carrot! ("Who?" "SHUT UP!") Actually, Oz and Wonderland were not at war, the Nome King had conquered Oz and the Ozians (or Ozites) were using Wonderland and Looking-Glass Land as a refuge. Yes, they got THAT desperate.
Eh, this is not actually from the Oz/Dark Oz series, it's a crossover they did, but it gets the idea of the series across pretty well if you ask me. Following an invasion from (guess who?) the Nome King, Oz becomes a medieval-style war zone.

Don't let the Japanese-flavored art fool you. This is one of the best freely-adapted comics versions out there.

What happened to this series? It was a little odd, but I liked it! Dorothy is a goth who runs away from home, when her truck gets caught in a tornado and takes her to Oz. Excellent blend of photography and computer graphics.

Let me just say that I'm glad this was a one-shot... Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Lion, and even Toto are out to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West.

Not an Oz comic per se, but it was fun! She-Hulk fills in for Dorothy, the Scarlet Witch is the Wicked Witch, Agatha Harkness is the Good Witch, Thor is the Scarecrow, Iron Man is the Tin Woodman, and Captain America is the Lion.

And this is looking like another great Oz adaptation. Great artwork, and Baum's text is adapted very well for the comics medium. Skottie Young does the very original artwork, while Eric Shanower adapted the book. Eric's done his own Oz graphic novels, telling original stories. I just... didn't show any here... (Go buy Adventures in Oz, you won't be sorry.)

2 comments:

JCW said...

Amazing. I never knew there were so many comics devoted to Oz...

Now I have something new to collect!

Nathan said...

Wonderland IS kind of an odd place to seek refuge, isn't it?