Comic profile: How the Wizard Came to Oz
The true origin of the Wizard of Oz.
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.
Most recent comments left on How the Wizard Came to Oz
30th Oct 2017
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.Left on page 142
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.Left on page 142
17th Sep 2017
I like this adaptation of the Wizard's beginnings in Oz, but I don't really like the Prophecy aspect at all.Left on page 139
15th Sep 2017
Looking forward to the graphic novel!Left on page 140
15th Oct 2016
"Deadly Crows and Wicked Witches"
Great stuff here with the evil crows dressed as a scarecrow and the coming of the Emerald City. One potential discrepancy is that it take 20 years between the time the Wizard arrives in Oz (in 1871) to the time Morrow is destroyed and he moves into the Emerald City (in 1892), but that's easily reconcilable story-wise if we either ignore the "One Year Later" marker, or allow an 18 or so year span between pages 53 and 54.Left on page 71