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the Oz Squad

I have mixed feelings about this comic book series, which I believe dates back to the 80's:


The Oz Squad is the story of what happens when Oz opens diplomatic relations with another world -- Earth. It's violent, dark, and shows a grown up Dorothy and Ozma.

Now, I tend to be an Oz purist (Dorothy is blonde, dammit!), but I'm okay with reimaginings, such as the excellent "Wicked", and I'm not bothered by adult themes inserted into this world, either. I'm also okay with the idea of the kids, such as Dorothy and Ozma, being mentally and emotionally grown up, although for some reason the idea of them being physically adults as in this series bothers me.

Bottom line: It's not the traditional Oz characters, and it's definitely not a kid's comic book. Still, it's nice to see some favorites from the books (even if some of them are homicidal maniacs!), it's fast paced, and it's a fun ride.

(It also makes me that much more antsy to someday write an Oz tale of my own.)



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Oct. 5th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... the art is very eighties, isn't it? Thank god the business mullet went out of style.

I'd love to read your reimagining of Oz! That would be so cool!
Oct. 5th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
I guess we could all do without the mullet!

I'm definitely going to work on an Oz story, but it's going to have to wait its turn, I'm afraid. If I get a chance, I'll turn out a couple of Oz related fanfictions along the way. The question is, can I handle producing an adult Oz tale while still remaining true to the spirit of the original books? Not so easy.
Oct. 5th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting that link; it looks interesting.

I tend to forget that Dorothy should be blonde, but those ruby slippers kill me every time. I have to point out that they should be silver, thank-you-very-much.

I have notes somewhere of an Oz Au that takes off after the movie. (It started with poor Dorothy being put in a mental institution for awhile because she keeps insisting that her journey was not a dream. I suppose that's been done to death, though.)

If you didn't get a chance to see SciFi's mini-series "Tin Man" last year, try to rent it. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Oct. 5th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
(But me enjoying it isn't why you should rent it! That did sound a bit imperious, didn't it? I thought of you when I watched it, though, and wondered what your reaction would be.)
Oct. 8th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
hee! My reaction was, "this is pretty cool!", which is the reaction I have to almost anything based on Oz, even if it is movie based -- and sometimes even if it's not really all that cool.
Oct. 8th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)
With Dorothy, the slippers don't bother me as much as the hair! I guess we each have our pet peeves where that's concerned. Of course, in "Return to Oz" it's Ozma who's blonde, when her hair is dark in the books.

I've seen an Oz Au like the one you described, just recently. But, as you say, it's probably been done to death, so I doubt it's the same story. It was a plot point in "Return to Oz" also, come to think of it. MY awesome Oz novel will be based on the books! :-)

I certainly did see "Tin Man", and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Nothing wrong with a reimagining, once in awhile.
Oct. 14th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Well, the Silver Shoes WERE lost in the desert. Maybe Dorothy decided, after seeing the movie, that ruby shoes would be stylish. I would think the silver ones would be more comfortable, though.
Oct. 15th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
As often as Dorothy heads out on foot, she should stick with the comfortable ones! Still, I like the idea of Dorothy changing to ruby shoes after seeing the movie -- at least for showy events around the palace.

Doesn't a later writer claim that the shoes were recovered, somehow?
Oct. 17th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Still, I like the idea of Dorothy changing to ruby shoes after seeing the movie -- at least for showy events around the palace.

Well, hey, she's the princess of a country where precious metals and gems are common, so I wouldn't be too shocked if she had a lot of different varieties of metallic and jeweled shoes. I'm sure she sticks with the more comfortable ones when travelling, though. I wouldn't even be too surprised if she's started wearing sneakers, although I'll admit that would look kind of weird in illustrations.

Doesn't a later writer claim that the shoes were recovered, somehow?

I believe both Roger Baum's Dorothy and Phil Lewin's Witch Queen bring back the Shoes, but they lose power in the former and are lost again in the latter. There's also an Oziana story about Dorothy retrieving the Shoes, and I would guess from the title that they show up in Silver Shoes, but I haven't actually read that one.
Oct. 19th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Dorothy's a little girl who spent the first ten years of her life with hardly a tin cup to call her own; I could certainly see her taking advantage of the chance to build up a collection of shoes! But she's also a very practical girl, so as you say, she'd probably go to sneakers for travel -- or maybe a good set of hiking boots. The truth is, by the 50's or so she'd probably take to wearing jeans outside the castle, but I prefer to see her in more traditional garb. Not very practical for some of her adventures, though -- maybe she'd get some bloomers, like cheerleaders and show choir members wear, for the sake of modesty.

Silver Shoes is the story I was thinking about! i haven't read it either, though -- only heard of it.
Oct. 20th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, Silver Shoes has been out of print for a while now.
Oct. 20th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
I'm always a little sad to think about all those books that are out of print ... except for when they're by celebrities, of course.
Oct. 21st, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
Well, Marin Elizabeth Xiques isn't much of a celebrity, so we're okay there. {g}

At least all of the main forty books are apparently available now, many through print on demand.
Oct. 21st, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
Back when I was reading the Oz books to my daughter about ten years ago, it was fairly easy to find many of the Oz books at the larger bookstores. Sadly, I haven't had a chance to check for awhile, but maybe in another few years I'll be reading them to my grandkids.
Oct. 22nd, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
The Del Rey versions of the Baum books used to be easy to find in bookstores, but I'm not sure whether they are anymore. The post-Baum books, on the other hand, are pretty difficult to find in bookstores. I've seen a few of them in the bigger chains, but not at every location. I think they're all available through Amazon now, though, while I had a hell of a time finding a copy of Pirates when it was totally out of print. Eventually, someone gave me a Del Rey copy for free, which was cool.
Oct. 22nd, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
Thank goodness for the internet! Even when the local Border's did have post-Baum books, it didn't have all that many of them. I was able to find both of the Trot and Cap'n Bills books there, though.
Oct. 23rd, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
My local library actually had both of the Trot books, so I was able to read them pretty early on in my Oz/Baum fandom. I've since obtained paperback Books of Wonder editions of both.
Oct. 26th, 2008 07:04 am (UTC)
I've got the Books of Wonder edition of the Trot books, too. It sounds like your library was better than mine -- but then, we're a pretty rural place.
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