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Dark and Shuttered

This week, we’re taking a look at the 1991 Oziana. Well, what else did you expect after the 1990 issue? The cover by Chris Sterling shows the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman putting on a puppet show, with each one controlling a … Continue reading

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Gone with the Northeast Wind

The 1988 Oziana has a game on both the front and back cover, derived by Fred Meyer and drawn by Bill Eubank. For each of fifty different transformations, the player has to guess who was transformed into what. I 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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They’re Gonna Put Me in the Movies

The 1979 Oziana starts out by saying three stories “seems to be a typical number,” which is generally true, although the previous one had four. The cover illustration by Rob Roy MacVeigh shows the Scarecrow in a cornfield, with a … 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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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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The Plane Truth

A Barnstormer in Oz, or A Rationalization and Extrapolation of the Split-Level Continuum, by Philip Jose Farmer – SPOILERS! I watched a discussion of this book as part of the last virtual OzCon, and I’d considered reading it earlier, so … Continue reading

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Bringing the Magic Back

The Spellcasters of Oz, by Philip John Lewin – Following up on Lewin’s earlier Master Crafters, this book shows the Ozites dealing with most of the magic that sustains their country disappearing, making beings like the Scarecrow inanimate and animals … Continue reading

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Oz High, Oz Low, A-Whaling We Will Go

Lucky Bucky in Oz, by John R. Neill – I was thinking that maybe I should save this one for its eightieth anniversary next year, but I decided to go ahead and reread it anyway. It’s my favorite of the … 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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