Tuesday, November 24, 2009

This Should Be On Everyone's List!

I said I was going to blog about a different Great Gift Idea everyday, so here is today's! Marvel's Wonderful Wizard of Oz hardcover! It's the perfect gift for ANYONE! Collecting all eight issues of the mega-popular comic series in hardcover for the affordable price of $29.99. Adapted by Mr. Oz himself, writer Eric Shanower with delightful art by the amazing Skottie Young. I can not recommend this book enough. It's the type of gift that even non-comic fans will enjoy. This is the first of many volumes that Marvel will be producing, adapting the Oz novels. They have already started the next volume: The Marvelous Land of Oz. There are an awful lot of Oz books that L. Frank Baum wrote back in the day, I think Baum wrote 13 Oz novels all together. Wouldn't that be wonderful if Marvel managed to adapt ALL 13?

From the inside flap of the HC: "With Marvel's Wonderful Wizard of Oz, an American fantasy comes to life in a classic comics retelling! Shortly after its initial publication in 1900, author L. Frank Baum put his children's literature in context: It was written 'solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment of joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares left out.' Baum died 19 years later, but only after leaving behind a legacy of Oz-inspired fantasy 13 sequels long - a legacy augmented by the 1939 MGM picture starring Judy Garland that took an already beloved story and turned it into a cultural institution."

Every child on your list, and every child at heart, should receive this book for the Holidays this year. It would make the world a happier place, wouldn't it? It also makes the perfect gift for moms and dads that remember the books or the movie growing up. I'm just excited that Marvel has already begun the process of adapting further volumes of the series. There are many folks out there that had NO idea that there were more books in the series.

Marvel did something right. You better write this down.

1 comment:

  1. Marvel does a lot of things right in my book. They do some incredibly stupid, bone-headed things as well, but so does DC and pretty much every other major publisher.

    But yeah, this book is great, it is worth buying the hardcover for Skottie's art alone - he is a great talent with a unique style.