Actual listing in the TV section of the Marin Independent-Journal, Marin, California, Summer 2002:
Movie: "The Wizard of Oz": Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first woman she meets, then teams up with three complete strangers to kill again.
- All Things Oz
Edited by Linda Sunshine

Picture Histories of Oz
Oz in Graphic Novels and Comics

A Listing

Having looked for, and not found, any recent webpages listing available Oz comics I figured that I may as well put one together.

At the beginning of the 20th century L. Frank Baum published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and introduced the world to Dorothy Gale, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion and the fairyland of Oz. The book was hugely successful; eventually spawning 13 sequels by Baum himself and another 26 by auhors commissioned by the publisher. Oz proved to be a fairyland that Baum himself never quite managed to escape. He tried to shut down the series at least once but nothing else he wrote was as popular (and therefore profitable).

Oz has been depicted in comics almost from the beginning. Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz, a series of Sunday comic pages, written by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Walt McDougall and published in a number of newspapers from late 1904 to mid-1905. were not exactly comics, but full page illustrated short stories. McDougall's illustrations do use elements of modern comics such as word balloons for dialogue. Also in 190-05, WW Denslow, the original illustrator for Wizard, produced 12 episodes of the Sunday comic page Denslow's Scarecrow and Tinman for the Minneapolis Journal.

At the close of the century, and growing into the 21st the Land of Oz has also become the scene of a tiny subgenre of comic books. Most of these comics seem to be either retelling of the first novel, The Wizard of Oz, in modern (post-modern?) drag or sequels to the earliest Oz books. Rarely do they feature characters or events taking place after The Road to Oz.


We begin with Oz-Story. Published from 1995-2000 by Hungry Tiger Press, there were six volumes of this anthology. Each thick volume is full of comics, story and illustration. The work is a mix of contemporary and classic contributions. It's the classic work that earns Oz-Story its place here. There are reprints of stories and novels by L. Frank Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson and Eloise Jarvis MacGraw; Walt Spouse's 1930s Wonderland of Oz comic strip, John R. Neil's 1909 Nip and Tuck comic strip, Denslow's Scarecrow and Tinman, Mary Marvel in The Modern Wizard of Oz and much more. Work original to Oz-Story includes fiction, art and comics by Eric Shanower, Ramona Radon, Ed Brubaker, Megan Kelso and many more. For more information or to order go to the Hungry Tiger Press website.

Dell Junior Treasury

The first Oz comic book that I'm currently aware of, this adaptation of The Wizard of Oz was published in 1956.

Classics Illustrated Junior - Wizard of Oz

An adaptation of, well, The Wizard of Oz. Fillers include Aesop's Fables; The Fox and the Lion, Old Mother Hubbard; and The Koala; with a color me page on the back inside cover. This version saw print first in 1957 and has been reprinted many times since. Order here

The Marvel Treasury Of Oz

In 1975 Marvel Comics published two large size comic book adaptations of Oz stories. The first, published in conjunction with DC Comics, was an adaptation of the MGM musical - MGM's Marvelous Wizard of Oz. (Interestingly, this comic was also the first time that the two comic companies had jointly published a project.) Marvel, publishing solo this time, followed Wizard up that same year with an adaptation of the Marvelous Land of Oz.

The Lizard of Oz

Although not actually published until 2004 (by Fantagraphics) this graphic novel had its genesis in the sixties and seventies in the work of underground cartoonist Vaughn Bode. The cover image (by Vaughn) was originally printed as a poster in 1975. The story, by Vaughn's son Mark Bode was developed from notes left by his father and features many of Vaughn's famous creations - the babes, the lizards and, definitely, Cheech Wizard. Definitely not for children.

The Shanower Series

Beginning in 1986 Eric Shanower wrote and illustrated five Oz graphic novels. The Enchanted Apples of Oz, The Secret Island of Oz, The Ice King of Oz, and The Forgotten Forest of Oz were published annually by First Comics. The Blue Witch of Oz, in preparation when First went out of business, was published by Dark Horse in 1993. Shanower's stories are the most "traditional" of the works listed here. With the exception of Oz Squad, they are also the only stories that take advantage of the larger Oz history and continuity. Unfortunately Shanower's books are currently out of print.

Captain Carrot Oz/Wonderland War

Published in 1986 by DC Comics, written by E. Nelson Bridewell and Joey Cavalieri and illustrated by Carol Lay, this three issue miniseries features Captain Carrot and his Zoo Crew (an anthropomorphic rabbit superhero and his animal superhero pals) and their efforts to assist the denizens of Wonderland and Oz against the predations of the Nome King.

Lost Girls

This graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Melinda Grebbie has been in the works for over a decade. It first began serialization in Taboo in 1991. The accompanying images here are from individual publication in 1995-96. The complete novel is due to be published by Top Shelf in 2005. Three women, adult versions of Alice, Dorothy and Wendy meet and have erotic adventures at a mysterious hotel in 1913. So not not for children.

Oz Squad

For details on this series please proceed to the Oz Squad page.

Dark Oz/Land of Oz

I'm not exactly sure what to call this series of Oz comics. Published from 1994-99 it has the distinction of being the longest running of all Oz comics. Caliber first published the series as simply Oz through 20 issues, five "specials", two miniseries and two softcover collections. The creators then moved the series to Arrow where it saw print as Dark Oz for five issues and Land of Oz for eight more. Over forty episodes saw print in six years. All of but the Land of Oz series (written by Gary Bishop and Bill Bryan) were written by Ralph Griffin and Stuart Kerr. Bill Bryan illustrated all but a few of the specials and the last five issues of the Caliber Oz series.

What happens? Three teenagers and their dog are sucked into Oz by a magic book. Oz has been conquered by Mombi and the Nome King. Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion have been turned evil by magic. A group of Freedom Fighters including Jack Pumpkinhead, the Hungry Tiger, Tik Tok and the Woggle Bug fight for, well, freedom. Or at least re-establishment of Ozma's benevolent monarchy. Much mayhem, death and running about ensues before the villains are Undone at the end of the Arrow Dark Oz series. Land of Oz features a new set of villains and challenges as Oz struggles to recover and rebuild.

For detailed synopses of most of episodes see Bill Bryan's webpages.

Peter Pan and the Warlords of Oz

" Disgusting misuse of both Peter Pan and the Oz characters that exceeds Oz Squad in its depravity" - Quote found online

Peter, Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys and Tick-Tock the crocodile get caught in Oz during a war. Written and illustrated by Rob Hand, published by Hand of Doom. I'm still looking for a publication history and more plot details.

Dorothy of Oz

A modern scifi retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Intended to run at least 20 issues, the first issue was published at the end of 2004. This series is unique in that the art is primarily produced by digitally manipulating photographs. Dorothy is "played" by a real woman. Greg Mannino is the artist. The official website for the series can be found here.

There's No Place ...

A direct sequel to The Wizard of Oz (based on character designs I'd guess the Movie more than the Book). Scarecrow's newly granted genius has driven him insane and now he's a rhyming homocidal menace that Glinda, the Tin Man and the Lion must somehow find a way to stop. A three issue miniseries by Scott Oliver (writer) and Corey Bechelli (artist). The first issue was published in late 2004. Official site here.

Dorothy Gale - Journey to Oz

A five issue miniseries retelling of The Wizard of Oz by Shane Kirshenblatt. The first issue was published at the beginning of 2005. At the moment I'm unclear on whether the series updates the story to modern times or is simply a "darker" version of the original. Official website here

Oz, the Manga

A straight adaptation of The Wizard of Oz by David Hutchinson. I'm unclear as to whether this is a one shot, limited or continuing series. A preview can be found here.

Le Magicien D'Oz

From France, the first volume of a three part adaptation fof The Wizard of Oz by David Chauvel and Enrique Fernandez. First published in 2005. The series can be ordered here.


The series tagline is "Dorothy's back in Oz and this time she's brought a water gun."

By all indications this is a "modern" retelling of The Wizard of Oz this time with Dorothy as an adult babe, the Scarecrow as a kung fu master, the Tin Man as a big robot thingie, the Lion as a kilt wearing Celtic warrior and Toto as a mastiff. Initially this will be published as a stand alone graphic novel scheduled for June 2005. The official website is here. A forum and more previews can be found here.

Oz/Wonderland Chronicles

Still in production at this writing. Set in modern day Chicago the series features Dorothy and Alice, college students facing the truth of what they believed to be childhood fantasies. Dorothy had forgotten about Oz. Alice believed that Wonderland was simply a daydream. But the creatures of Oz and Wonderland are real and are breaking through into our world.

The villains? The Nome King and the Wicked Witch of the West of course. A preview can be found here.

This version of this page was posted 4/28/05

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