Tag Archives: waddy

Sizing Up and Down

Characters changing in size is a pretty frequent occurrence in the Oz books. It’s sort of a transformation, but not entirely, as someone exposed to such magic keeps the same shape. At least, that seems to be the case for … Continue reading

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To the Cosmic with My Ozmic Ray!

I’ve always been interested in how L. Frank Baum introduced science fiction elements in the Oz books, and his successors followed suit to a certain extent. I don’t recall any directed energy weapons in Baum’s Oz books, although The Master … Continue reading

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Leave the Real World Far Behind

If you’ve watched the DiC Super Mario Bros. 3 cartoons, you’ll know that the inhabitants of the Mushroom World are always referring to the Earth we know as “the real world.” Wouldn’t their own world be more real to them? … 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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Peter vs. Speedy

Most of the young Americans who journeyed to Oz in L. Frank Baum’s books were girls, with Button-Bright being the major exception. In Ruth Plumly Thompson’s books, however, more American boys made their way into Oz. The first such was … Continue reading

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The Wide World of Wizards

A while back, I wrote a series of posts on the witches and other female magicians of Oz. Now, I think it’s about time to do the same for the men. So, here are the male magicians of Oz and … Continue reading

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