Category Archives: Magic Items

Lions Are a Beast’s Best King

I might as well move on with my Oziana reread to the 1982 issue, which has a rather more abstract and stylized cover than earlier ones. It has a picture of the Cowardly Lion and a mountain inside a larger … Continue reading

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The Call of Cthjello

It’s Oziana time! Let’s delve into the 1981 issue, which has a drawing of Glinda by Denise Brunkus on the cover. Maybe this is just me, but it seems like her dress is made to look lumpy, and it puts … Continue reading

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The South Will Oz Again

As mentioned in the introduction, the cover picture of the 1980 Oziana, as drawn by Albert Chronic, references a passage in Captain Salt in Oz, specifically when the Captain says that the Wizard of Oz is building airships that would … Continue reading

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Coping with Immortality

We’re up to the 1978 Oziana, with a cover by Bill Eubank that appears to be partially based on a John R. Neill illustration from Kabumpo in Oz. Then there’s an Oz-E-Gag by Eubank, comparing The Wizard of Oz to … Continue reading

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Jinnicky’s Body

We’re now up to the Oziana from the year I was born, 1977. The front cover shows the royal palace of Oogaboo, as drawn by Albert Chronic. The introductory page has a political cartoon by Bill Eubank that isn’t really that … Continue reading

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Standing Tall on the Wizard’s Dreams

The 1976 Oziana is the first with Jay Delkin as editor. The cover has an Oz alphabet designed by Bill Eubank. I know The Baum Bugle used these to start articles for a while, and at the time I was … Continue reading

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Truth or Sand Witches

The 1975 Oziana is the last one with Gary Ralph as editor, and the majority of it consists of one story, but it’s a good one. “The Romance of the Silver Shoes,” by Laura Jane Musser – A longer tale … Continue reading

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This Was Once a Local, But It’s Now an Express

With the 1972 Oziana, we start with a cover drawn by Tony Moses, showing several Oz characters attending what appears to be a fair. The Cowardly Lion is sitting and reading The Annotated Alice, and the Woozy floating away with … Continue reading

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Nonestic Promotion, Part 2: Didja Ever Hear of Oz?

While Ruth Plumly Thompson would eventually become frustrated at how little promotion Reilly & Lee did for the Oz books, they did make some attempts early on in her tenure as Royal Historian. One such promotion was a short play … Continue reading

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Dude, Where’s My Scalawagon?

The Scalawagons of Oz, by John R. Neill – This book is eighty years old now, and it’s possibly the worst in the main series. It’s not one of those books that’s particularly embarrassing in retrospect, like Royal Book from twenty years … Continue reading

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