Category Archives: John R. Neill

The New Ugu

I guess it’s time for Oziana 1984. The cover by Melody Grandy shows a typical inhabitant of the Pink and Blue Countries of Sky Island, which is relevant to the first story. The introduction explains that, since L. Frank Baum’s … Continue reading

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Baum’s Birthday Blowout

Yesterday was L. Frank Baum’s birthday, and the day before that, Michael Booth set up a virtual event to celebrate. There weren’t that many attendees, but it included presentations, and I’m too disorganized and socially awkward to arrange something like … Continue reading

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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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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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Abra Kadabra, I Want to Reach Out and Grab Ya

The 1974 Oziana starts with a mention of of some Oz manuscripts the editor, Gary Ralph, had heard about: Christmas in Oz, The Woozy of Oz, and Traleewu in Oz. There are books by Robin Hess and March Laumer with … 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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