Saturday, February 17, 2018

This Week's Oz Short Story

The second story from the movie themed 1989 edition of Oziana is "There's No Place Like Oz" by Chuck Sabatos, with illustrations by Eric Shanower, and it's another meta one! Dorothy and Toto go out and visit her old house, when she gets clonked on the head by a window shade and has a weird dream. She wakes up, looks in the mirror, and sees a different person. This version of Dorothy has dark hair, worn in pigtails, and is a little older. She doesn't recognize Aunt Em or Uncle Henry, Toto looks a little different and can't talk, and there are three farmhands working on the farm she's never met before named Huck, Hickory, and Zeke. Then an old lady named Miss Gulch comes cycling up to the farm demanding to take Toto away. Needless to say, Dorothy rebels at this different version of her life, and eventually wakes up in her own room in the Emerald City, surrounded by her friends and family. Needless to say, she's never going to leave Oz again!

As fun as the story is, the real star here is Shanower's illustrations. He uses photos of Judy Garland and the other actors from The Movie and alters them in odd ways to show how the real Dorothy must feel. The final picture, however, is in his traditional Neill-inspired style, evoking the end of The Movie with Dorothy waking in her bed in Kansas, only this is the real Oz equivalent.

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