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Ozama Care

Since I’m sure you’ve had enough talk about Osama bin Laden, what about some on Ozamaland instead? This country shows up in Captain Salt in Oz, although it had a brief mention in the earlier Pirates in Oz as well. … Continue reading

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Before the Umbrella

Much of the plot of Speedy in Oz takes place on Umbrella Island, a land that flies through the air under the power of a magical umbrella. We’re told that this was not always the case, however. According to Waddy, … Continue reading

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Making Life Out of Nothing at All

One thing for which Oz is known is its collection of magically animated beings. In that fairyland, anything from a scarecrow to a footstool to a painting can come to life, always with its own distinct personality. The first book … Continue reading

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Back to Boboland

When I wrote about the protagonists of Rinkitink in Oz, I mentioned that one of them turned out to be Prince Bobo of Boboland under the enchantment of an evil sorcerer. So what is Boboland? Well, really all L. Frank … Continue reading

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Witch-ay Woman

While the Wicked Witch of the West is a somewhat significant character in the Oz books, it’s really the MGM movie that thrust her into super-stardom. It’s Margaret Hamilton in green makeup and black clothes who makes lists of the … Continue reading

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Monsters’ Ball

I figured an appropriate Ozzy topic for this time of year would be the ferocious monsters that live there. I’ve already covered a few of them, including the Kalidahs, the Hip-po-gy-raf, and Quiberon. Here are some of the others that … Continue reading

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Enter the Young

The Marvelous Land of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, adapted by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young – The follow-up to their successful comic adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this continues the series in the same fashion. It features … Continue reading

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Drifting Off to Dreamland

If you look at the map of the countries surrounding Oz from the endpapers of Tik-Tok of Oz, you’ll notice that the area just to the east (which is left on this map for some reason) of the Growleywogs’ territory … Continue reading

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Bringing Ozzy Back

Here are some reviews of a few Oz-related items: Adventures in Oz: Fantasy Roleplaying Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, by F. Douglas Wall – This the guidebook for an Oz role-playing game, an idea that I’ve seen come up from … Continue reading

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The Real Horses of Oz

L. Frank Baum tells us in a few different books that there are no horses in Oz, aside from the magically animated wooden Sawhorse. This seems to be an idea that he developed over time, however. In The Wonderful Wizard … Continue reading

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