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How the Wizard Came to Oz
The true origin of the Wizard of Oz.
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Comic language: English
Genre: Fantasy
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Last update: 18th Mar 2018, 8:17 PM
Number of comics: 166
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How the Wizard Came to Oz is the story of a clever ventriloquist named Oscar Zoroaster Diggs who is carried away by a balloon to the Land of Oz, where he quickly runs afoul of the Wicked Witch of the West and her sister the Wicked Witch of the East. This comic is based on my book 'How the Wizard Came to Oz' that was published in 1991.


I am the author and illustrator of six children's, 'How the Wizard Came to Oz' being the first, as well as a number of freelance cartoons.

Most recent comments left on How the Wizard Came to Oz

Joe Bongiorno (Guest)
29th Dec 2017
"Wizard's arrival"
I have Oscar's birth year as 1848. Allow me to explain how we know 1871 is the correct date for his arrival in Oz (this is taken from

"The Wizard states in Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz that he ruled in Oz 'for many years' [p. 195], which indicates that he had been in Oz for some time prior to Dorothy's arrival. Hot-air ballooning did not take off in circuses and traveling fairs until 1871, months after Leon Gambetta's highly publicized balloon escape from the Prussian armies in Paris to Southern France, after which ballooning sprang up overnight across circuses and fairs. After only a few years, however, solo balloon shows were no longer trendy or novel, and circuses had to add acrobats to spice things up.

A point has been made that the Wizard’s city of origin, Omaha, was not established until 1854, thereby limiting Oscar Diggs' age, however, he may have been born in the region of Omaha prior to it being officially named such, as Omaha is the name of the Native American tribe that lived in that region, and it appears to have been called Omaha from as early as 1813 when Manuel Lisa established a large trading post there.
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30th Oct 2017
Your timeline on when the Wizard arrived in the Land of Oz is probably a little off. Following a treaty with the Omaha tribe, the Nebraska Territory was created as part of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the City of Omaha was founded on July 4, 1854. Since in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" the Wizard states he was born in Omaha, even if he were born in 1854 he would be roughly 17 year old when he arrived in Oz. This would make him far to young to become a master ventriloquist, and the Wizard also states he was a young man - not a boy - when he arrived. He had to have landed in Oz much later than 1871 if we use historical facts.
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Page 142 (Guest)
29th Oct 2017
You note that it's been "Fifteen years" since the Wizard defeated the two Wicked Witches. I would probably leave the date ambiguous, rendering it "Many years have passed" instead. We know the Wizard arrived in Oz in 1871. It's uncertain at what point he battled the witches in the time period following, but Dorothy doesn't arrive until 1898.
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Sam M (Guest)
17th Sep 2017
"Future sight"
I like this adaptation of the Wizard's beginnings in Oz, but I don't really like the Prophecy aspect at all.
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Joseph Bongiorno (Guest)
15th Sep 2017
"Nice Ending!!"
Looking forward to the graphic novel!
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