Now, these were not comic strips as we know them today, but pictures that told the story with text underneath. Here's an example:
After the series' end, some comics were reprinted in comic magazines like "The Funnies." This time, word balloons with newly written dialogue were sloppily added to the artwork. Example:
In 2007, all three completed stories were released in single graphic novel formats with newly colored attractive covers. Since I'd already bought a complete set of Oz-Story Magazine, my interest wasn't too high since I didn't want a lot of duplicates of the same content in my collection, but I eventually picked them up at the Winkie Convention this year. (That anti-duplicate rule, I've given up on.)
|Or maybe I'm a sucker for colorful Ozzy covers...|
Now, about these changes and things that Neill didn't draw? Well, there's additional moments from the stories that Neill didn't draw, but as Spouse retold the story through drawings, these show up. I'll only mention the most notable below.
The Land of Oz
- Tip attempts to flee Mombi's house when she tells him she'll transform him into a marble statue. (Then why didn't she lock the door?)
- The home of the Queen of the Field Mice is shown.
- All of Mombi's transformations are illustrated.
- No real story changes, but we get a comical drawing of the Sawhorse kicking the Nome King!
- The Shaggy Man does not exist in this version of Oz, so all of his scenes that really bear on the story are given to Uncle Henry or the Wizard.
- The trouble with the bank is made clear not through prose but by a visit by a man from the bank.
- Toto eats an elocution pill and sings from "The Barber of Seville"
- Unlike Neill's illustrations, we get to see the Phanfasms in their true forms.
- The creation of the barrier of invisibility is omitted. Shanower's text accompanying the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Jack Pumpkinhead walking home says, "Come see us soon, for we shall not have any more adventures for awhile." (Come on, Scarecrow, you live in the Land of Oz.)
You can order the graphic novel collections from Hungry Tiger Press with the links below:
The Land of Oz
Ozma of Oz
The Emerald City of Oz
Here's hoping we might finally get to see Spouse's The Patchwork Girl of Oz and Tik-Tok of Oz!
All images are from the Hungry Tiger Press editions of The Wonderland of Oz. Copyright Hungry Tiger Press.