|Cover art by John Romita|
grab it now!), both Marvel and DC were on the verge of publishing their own separate Wizard of Oz adaptations (inspired by the popularity of the then-annual TV airings and the (then) upcoming Mego WoO Toy Line). The powers that were decided to join forces on the publishing end, while Marvel did the heavy lifting creatively (perhaps that's why they were able to pull off the "Marvelous" Wizard of Oz title?) with Roy Thomas writing, John Buscema penciling, and Tony DeZuniga and his tribe inking this mammoth, magnificent, mightily faithful adaptation (right down to the sorta sepia Kansas scenes) of L. Frank Baum's beloved creation.
Not only did Young Groove love it, but I later fell in love with it again as a father. In 1989, MGM released a special 50th anniversary edition of MGM's Wizard of Oz on VHS (y'know, the tapes that came before the dvds and blu-rays). My daughter, Jessica-1, at the time a mere two-and-a-half years old adored that movie. She loved it so much and watched it so many times that she literally had it memorized. Now, Ol' Groove loves that flick, too, but sometimes Dad needed a break from it. So I pulled out my WoO Treasury and shared it with my baby girl. She loved that mag so much she slept with it until it fell apart. So pitch-perfect was Roy and John's adaptation, that Jess had folks convinced she could read it! Y'see, she'd memorized the dialogue from the movie and would recite it as she looked at the pictures.
Yeah, Ol' Groove loves that flick and that comic. Here's your chance to either fall in love with it all lover again...or for the very first time. Enjoy it with your family if you can!