Sunday, January 22, 2017

This Week's Oz Poem

No, not a short story this week, because the next item in the 1974 edition of Oziana is "Excerpts from the Oziad: Part Two, How It All Began", clearly meant to be a continuation of the first excerpt from the previous year's issue. What makes this interesting, however, is that it wasn't by the creator and writer most associated with the Oziad, Fred Otto, but Harry Mangold. He wrote a brief retelling of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in quatrains. It's passable, but Mongold is no Fred Otto, and I know Fred later did his own poetic version of The Wizard of Oz anyway. As a bonus, the second page also includes the first of Bill Eubanks' "Oz-E-Gags" cartoon, which were a regular feature in Oziana for several years. In this one, while sitting on the Sawhorse and playing a piano, Jack Pumpkinhead asks, "Why are you singing 'Camp Town Races,' when I'm playing 'MELON-COLLIE-BABY'?" Yeah, they weren't all winners...

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