Portal talk:Oz

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List of Oz books[edit]

I clarified the portal's lists of Oz books (canonical and non-) since some titles appeared in both.

At one time, the Baum Family Trust and publisher Reilly & Lee were the sole arbiters of canon, with the ability to select official "Royal Historians." In later years, that path essentially forked when Reilly & Lee's successor granted the International Wizard of Oz Club permission to publish additional works in the canon by special arrangement, beginning with Ruth Plumly Thompson's Yankee in Oz.

Similarly, the Baum Family Trust reasserted its heritage in 2005 when it declared Sherwood Smith a new Royal Historian, authorizing her to continue the series beginning with The Emerald Wand of Oz.

Since both organizations can demonstrate a heritage as custodians of canonical Oz literature, it makes sense to recognize both. Can we agree to a convention that proposes an Oz canon comprised of:

  • The Famous Forty
  • Books published by the International Wizard of Oz Club
  • The Sherwood Smith trilogy authorized by the Baum Family Trust
  • Those remaining posthumous works by Famous Forty Royal Historians that have seen print — Preceding unsigned comment added by Luckybucky (talkcontribs) 18:17, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

This portal doesn't seem terribly active. Redwolf24 (talk) 00:29, 6 September 2005 (UTC)

Animated and Comic Books?[edit]

I'd like to see a topic on comic books and animated treatments of Oz other than Journey Back to Oz. The anime Oz is only mentioned in passing. I remember seeing in the mid-60s a television show where Dorothy returned to Oz (definitely NOT Journey Back; it was very much more cartoony in style). The only spot I can remember is a scene with flying alligators attacking Dorothy and her friends. Also, there was around the same time a comic book with the characters, and the Scarecrow and others were given names. CFLeon 05:24, 3 January 2006 (UTC)

I remember reading an article about the comic book in a magazine. IIRC, the plot line was that Dorothy had used the wishing belt to establish a permanent path between Oz and Earth, but had burnt out the power of the wishing belt. I believe there was also a tie-in where the Nazis used this as a chance to invade Oz. The illustrations in the article showed the Scarecrow (billed as an expert martial artist), the Tin Man (who now had considerably more blades built into his body then the books), and a scene between Dorothy and a Witch where she's threatening the Witch with a water-gun, only to have the witch freeze it in her hands. Very odd stuff. I didn't own the magazine, so I can't look anything up. -Fuzzy 17:40, 19 February 2006 (UTC)
It's not the same comic. The one I was talking about came out in the '60s and was a comic for children. There were 2 comic series in the late '80s that were for a older audience: both were considerably darker in tone than anything since the original books. The one you're thinking of was Oz Squad, sort of a secret agent concept; the other series was called "Dark Oz" (although most of the comcis were just named 'Oz'), and concerned a coup in Oz by the Nome King and Mombi. CFLeon 01:38, 5 April 2006 (UTC)
Well, the animated show that I saw as a kid was probably the Rankin-Bass Return to Oz (1964). If it had a scene with flying alligators, that would be the clincher. The comic was a spin-off with the same names and character designs. CFLeon 22:17, 3 April 2007 (UTC)