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Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

(Marvel's Oz Comics #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  25,938 ratings  ·  613 reviews
When Kansas farm girl Dorothy flies away to the magical Land of Oz, she fatally flattens a wicked witch, liberates a living scarecrow and is hailed by the Munchkin people as a great sorceress but all she really wants to know is: how does she get home?
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published September 16th 2009 by Marvel (first published September 2009)
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Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful work indeed!

Creative Team:

Writer: Eric Shanower (based on the original works by L. Frank Baum)

Illustrator: Scottie Young


I love these adaptations published by Marvel Comics about the original books by L. Frank Baum.

Without a doubt the creative team of, Eric Shanower writing and Scottie Young drawing, are the right choice to this wonderful task.

They did a perfect job showing the classic tale as L. Frank Baum would make it, if he would be in the comics'
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, hoopla
Eric Shanower is a Frank L. Baum obsessive. Long before adapting the first 6 Oz books for Marvel starting in 2009, he was creating original Oz comics for First comics back in the 80's that he drew himself. Shanower brings a quite faithful adaptation to the table, bringing in all the scenes and characters that were cut from the movie. He also stays faithful to the Baum novel with details like changing Dorothy's shoes back to the original silver over the movie's red.

Skottie Young and Jean-Francoi
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A long time passed since I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and this graphic novel did a great job of reminding me just how wonderful the story was. If you're a fan of the original book, I recommend giving this graphic novel a try. ...more
Seth T.
Mar 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young

In comics, a successful adaptation is ridiculously difficult to pull off. Actually, amend that: in any medium, a successful adaptation is ridiculously difficult to pull off. A good adaptation requires the successful transposition of a story's essence from one medium to another in a way that, while not damaging the source, makes uses of the new medium's unique properties in a way that justifies the new product. And it doesn't matter if a story is being transferred from stage to film or from film
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I never realized how condensed the Wizard of Oz movie was till I read this. I read the excerpt at the beginning from the creator and about all that went into the World of Oz over the years and I have a whole new level of respect for the series. I really enjoyed this more than I thought I would and have a whole new understanding to OZ and how dark it is.
I am finding this book altogether and entirely too personally daunting and painful (not only because Eric Shadower's Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a graphic novel and I am just neither a fan of graphic novels in general nor do I tend to even be able to understand them as well and as throughly as traditional textual novels, but also, and perhaps even more importantly for me personally, the font size of the text there is, is just so miniscule that I am having huge vision and thus concentration ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am as devoted an Ozite as any you are likely to see. I've read every last one of the Famous Forty, plus most of Baum's more or less related side books. I've seen the Judy Garland movie more times than I could count. (Yes, I love the books and the movie more or less equally.) One of the surest ways to get me to read or watch something is to tell me it has references to Oz. And so here I am.

Shanower's adaptation is remarkably faithful, following the basic storyline rather closely. This may be a
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: collected-comics
It was after finishing reading this comics adaptation of the beloved L. Frank Baum tale that I realized that Eric Shanower has earlier done well received Oz graphic novels. He was most suited for this new release from the Marvel Illustrated line of comics adaptations of classic literary works. But I came to read this graphic novel because of the work of Skottie Young.

Young’s art, almost ephemeral and whimsical will carry you through Oz as if you are part of Dorothy’s party of odd friends. His ar
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An original, amazing graphic take on L. Frank Baum's classic tale. Skottie Young has created a breathtaking, colourful world with distinct, new yet recognizable looks for all the characters and lands in Oz. Each page deserves to be meditated on - there is so much to appreciate in the style, colours and characterization. ...more
Sheila Beaumont
This graphic novel is an excellent adaptation of the L. Frank Baum classic. The story is faithful to the original tale, and the artwork is beautiful and imaginative. Highly recommended for all Oz fans!
After reading the I Hate Fairyland series, I'm on a bit of a Skottie Young jag, and this was a wonderful follow-up to those beautiful but much darker volumes. Another joint production of Young and colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu, this is considerably different in artistic style and tone from Fairyland, but no less gorgeous.

Having seen that bloody movie every Thanksgiving for about a dozen years as a child, I thought I'd breeze through this first story pretty quickly before reading the other Oz b
Quinn Rollins
1939's The Wizard of Oz is an all-time movie classic. Anytime a new Oz movie, book, or in this case, a graphic novel, come out, they're compared to that as the original. Which is funny, since the 1939 movie is itself an adaptation of L. Frank Baum's "American fairy tale," first published in 1900. One of the most tireless promoters and defenders of Baum's vision of Oz has become Eric Shanower, whose books and comic books have both revived Baum's original stories and characters, and created new di ...more
Victor The Reader
Shanower’s reimagining of Dorothy’s journey in the land of Oz is no doubt, a magical but pretty eerie piece of work with a little steampunk and some surprises that still makes her story shine like her silver shoes 👠. A- (91%/Excellent)
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.... Found it because I love Skottie Young. If you love Oz or Graphic novels you can't go wrong. If you love both, you'll be enchanted! I need to read the others in the series. I meant to do so... ...more
This comic adaptation of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is rare on many levels. It might actually be better than the book itself! Most people have enjoyed the movie as a kid, but the book is a much more complicated story and in my mind much better than the movie. Shanower is able to keep the complexities of the original story while Young's art keeps the story on a whimsical level that all ages will enjoy.

I've met Shanower a couple of times at comic conventions and he is a gifted storytelle
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
My favorite comic book store is Atomic Comics in Mesa, right next to Bookman's. It can make for a fun but wallet-draining day to make a trip down there and stop at both stores. Last time I was at Atomic Comics, I picked up an introduction to this and the Joe Hill comic book series Locke & Key. They were part of the $1 collection on the wall, of introductions and special issues put out by publishers for a buck. After I read that, I knew I had to read the whole thing.

At first, I thought the drawin
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
"It seems to me that a body is just a machine for brains to direct, and those who have no brains themselves are liable to be directed by others"

Haha! This is too relevant for today's culture!

The Wizard of Oz has always been close to my heart thanks to my dads works as the Tinman in a travelling theatre group when I was a kid so this had big shoes to fill in my tiny childhood heart. Thankfully it delivered and was an excellent adaptation of a truly magical book. I loved the art style and the th
Megan (ReadingRover)
Great twist on a classic story. Amazing illustrations by Skottie Young. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
Tony Laplume
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shanower and Young were directly responsible for drafting me back into Oz, and getting me to read the complete Baum series a few years back, but I didn't start with their first adaptation, so that makes this the first time I've read it. Their Oz should by all rights take its place alongside Baum's and, I reluctantly add, the famous Judy Garland musical.

For most people, Judy Garland's movie is Oz. I get that. I also appreciate its remarkable artistic achievement, as much evident now as it was in
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book solely for Skottie Young's art, and I was not disappointed.

Having never actually read the Oz novels, I can't speak how this adaptation compares to the source material--though I get the impression it is pretty close. I don't have strong feelings on the story itself. There's a lot of childhood nostalgia associated with the film, but the books are their own thing in a lot of ways--darker, wilder, sillier. I had not problems with the story overall, and it was interesting to enc
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Library

So, a synopsis. It’s the freakin’ Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Do I really need to recap this? Ok, I will. Dorothy lives with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em on a farm in Kansas. She has a dog named Toto. A tornado (called a cyclone here) comes along sweeping Dorothy and Toto to the Land of Oz where Dorothy spends her time making unusual friends and trying to get back to Kansas.

First off, omg, the artwork is fantastic! It’s so adorable and the colors are perfect. I loved it. The sto
Jan 16, 2010 rated it liked it
I absolutely loved the graphics in this book, but I felt the diagolue was a bit forced. It was awkward and at times took away from the awesome imagery. I did like that this version of The Wizard of Oz followed L. Frank Baum's version and not the movie. I can see many children reading this and being surprised by how the story flows. I think this is a great way to reintroduce a classic to children that don't want to take the time to read the true story (BUT they really should read the original bef ...more
Duncan Wilson
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a brilliant and faithfull adaptation of the book. whatever failings you may find are likely to be Baum's errors rtaher than the adaptor and artist. i loved the design for the scarecrow and lion in particular. it doesn't pander to a post MGM musical audience (dorothy waers silver shoes and the witch has one eye and an umbrella) and as a consequence can feel brilliantly dark at times. highly highly recommended :D ...more
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Eric Shanower is a sincere Oz fan and it shows as his adaptation is consistently true to Baum's original book. This gives the story depth and length that is missing in most adaptations, and also gives life to these stories for another generation. But I still have mixed feelings about this graphic version. Shanower is also one of the best Oz illustrators--well, at least in the top three. And I could not help imagining how super fantastic it would have been if Shanower had illustrated this book (a ...more
Garance J. Bonadonna (The Nerdy Artivist)

What a wonderful adaptation of the original story of Oz.
I have never read the books, but I have a lasting memory of the movie and this comic was so much better.

They probably did a better job at adaptation the essence of the story, the colors and the endless possibilities of a fantasy world.
I'm a huge fan of Skottie Young's work and as usual he did not disappoint. It was a wonderful mix of beautiful, fairy-like, creepy and monstrous. I loved it.

Sometimes the story was going in round that
Michael J.
A great adaptation and a good introduction to L. Frank Baum's wonderful world for younger readers.
The whimsical art of Skottie Young really brings the story to life. Eric Shanower sticks to the original story, so this new versions isn't going to bore those of us mostly familiar with Oz from watching the Thanksgiving television broadcasts of the 1939 movie year after year.
It's a deeper, more compelling story compared to the film, which really explores all the principal characters in much greate
Rebecca Gatzlaff
what I liked:
It was a faithful adaptation of the original.
I loved the colors and the art was whimsical.
This is really great for people who don't know the original story and beloved fans alike.

Hannah Givens
Just skimmed for the art, I read the book recently and want to continue on with the graphic novels instead of the books.
Chris Macpherson
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It's a solid adaption all the way around but especially due to the amazing artwork of Skottie Young. ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, I can be short here: A wonderful tale, beautifully told and magically drawn!
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