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Other Histories of Oz

Parallel histories of Oz and other pastiches compatible with the original series 

 

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The Parallel Ozziverse

 

Since entering into public domain, Baum’s (and to an extent Thompson’s) literary concept of the magical realm of Oz has been returned to time and again by authors who continue the adventures in Oz.  Yet with no governing body and little congruity amongst various writers, vastly contradictory elements and ideas have crept in.  This has made sorting through over a half-century's worth of pastiches for the purpose of a working chronological historicity a daunting task. 

 

The following represent a list of stories that could fit within the framework of the Oz canon—commonly referred to as "the Famous Forty" (which The Royal Timeline of Oz refers to as the Sovereign Sixty).  These stories constitute separate timelines that include the original Oz series, but which cannot be made to reconcile with other later continuations of the saga found in the historical stream of the primary Oz Timeline, what would be considered Timeline A.  Included here are several different threads that branch off from the original series in various directions.  For the purpose of brevity, they are not listed as Timelines B, C, D, etc., as there are far too many to list individually.  Those that form a series, however, are listed by series name.

 

By no means should the stories in this section be considered inferior in any way to those on the primary Oz Timeline.  As with any tale, it is up to you, the reader, to determine what works and what doesn't for you, and to allow for others to have their own conceptions of Oz.  The Royal Timeline of Oz accepts the possibility of parallel Oz universes (as established in Edward Einhorn's excellent Paradox in Oz,) which allows for various versions and interpretations of Oz to be true, but to belong to separate, co-existing Oz universes.  As Oz scribe Paul Dana notes, "parallel and alternate universes can actually be a terrific place for some writers, especially those who feel caged by the restrictive demands of the canon.  Compared to the canon, an alternate universe can be a place of tremendous freedom, where writers interpret things according to their own vision and take characters in their own direction."

 

Several books published by Tails of the Cowardly Lion and Friends are in this section because they reference works which for one reason or another can't be made to fit on the primary Oz Timeline. Overall, most are well-researched and fit within the strictures of the Sovereign Sixty, and each another, and can be identified in whole with the HA/CC (the Historically Accurate Chronological Chain created by Chris Dulabone and Tyler Jones), an older timeline that can be seen here.

 

For stories that are completely divergent from the book series, see the Deadly Desert section. Not included in this section are books written by, or aimed at, young children.  For these, see the Munchkinland.  For stories that are excessively violent or sexual in nature, see the Dark Side of Oz

 

As an aid in understanding why a particular title has been placed in this section and how it diverges from the mainline timeline, explanatory notes are included under each entry. 

 

The following contain spoilers!

 

 

Date/ Title

Authors & Illustrator

Publisher/ Publication

Circa Late 1300's

Mixed Magic Makes Misery: The Life Story of J. Glegg the Wizard

W. Randy Hoffman

Unpublished (possibly forthcoming)

Note: History of the titular character, particularly from the viewpoint of his studies in magic. Hoffman's vision of pre-Wizard Oz indicates that it was run by a corporate Board of Directors in "New Oz City" (forerunner to the Emerald City) and is a land ripe with various universities and schools of magic. An admittedly possible scenario for early Oz history, the tone and concept are not unlike the computer game world of Zork (which itself may have been derived from Oz), but there are some anachronisms that may be corrected in the final version.

     

Late 1700s

   
Ages of Oz: A Fiery Friendship

Gabriel Gale & Lisa Fiedler

Illustrated by Sebastian Giacobino

McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster (2017)

Synopsis: When teenage Glinda's mother Tilda is arrested for practicing magic by the ruling witch Queen Aphidina, Glinda goes on a quest to rescue her, and is joined by the brash Locasta, a boy named Ben from the outside world, and a sprite named Shade. Together they discover prophecies in which they're involved, prior events, such as the destruction of King Oz, and dangers, as four Wicked Witches rule each of the quadrants, and Mombi rules over them all!

 

Continuity notes: The appearance of Nick Chopper as a boy undergoing the transformation into tin is two hundred years too early. Also, the depiction of Mombi as the ultimate evil goes against the portrayal of her in The Marvelous Land of Oz, "Sunday Visits," (Oz-story Magazine #4), "The Malevolent Mannequin in Oz" (Oziana 2015), and "The Gillikin Witches of Oz." Similarly, The Winged Monkeys of Oz reveals that Glinda's mother is Gaylette, not Tilda, and King Oz was not destroyed but is alive and well (The Lost King of Oz and Paradox in Oz). The narrative has four Wicked Witches ruling the quadrants at this time, but it's not known what relation, if any, they're intended to have the Wicked Witches that come to rule the quadrants prior to the Wizard's arrival. The story lists them as: Daspina (West), Ava Munch (East), Marada (North), and Aphidina (South).

     
The Horrid Hags of Oz

Chris Alexander

Illustrated by John. R. Neill and W.W. Denslow

The Emerald City Mirror #23 (1995); Books of Wonder

     

Pre-Wizard to Post-Wizard's Arrival

 

 

The Hidden History of Oz

Tarl Telford

 

     Book One: The Witch Queens

     Aka. The Orphan Sorceress of Oz

 

CreateSpace (2017); Emerald Engine (2012)

     Book Two: The Crown of the Dreamer

     Aka. Dark Dreams of Oz

 

CreateSpace (2017); Emerald Engine (2013)

     Book Three: The Emerald Spectacles

 

CreateSpace (2015)

     Tabby Abacus and the Dangerbread House  

CreateSpace (2015)

     The Glinda Letters: Volume 4   CreateSpace (2015)
     First Nail: An Omby Amby Adventure   Smashwords (2015)
     Candor Bandersnatch and the Secret Gate of Oogaboo   CreateSpace (2016)

Note: In this epic prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, journey with a young sorceress, Glinda, as she steps out of her sheltered life into a world of bitter enemies and loyal friends, unwanted destinies and impossible choices. Glinda is the daughter of the Ruby Sorceress, trapped in her so-called perfect life -- stuck in a tower with books, locked away to protect her from the Wicked Witches until the fateful day when she will join her mother in the sorcerous arts.

 

 

 

1871

 

 

Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage

Roger Baum

Yellow Brick Road Press

Lion of Oz

Roger Baum, Elana Lesser, Cliff Ruby

Lionsgate Films; Disney Channel

Note: Alternate history of the Lion and the Wizard, who in this version, knew one another intimately prior to the start of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  Otherwise, a nice Oz adventure.  See Munchkinland for more of his titles. An animated full-length feature of the same name is based on this book with Jason Priestly doing the voice of the Lion, Dom DeLuise as the Wizard, and Lynn Redgrave as the Wicked Witch of the East.

 

1702

Come What May

Drop Your Oboe

Fanfiction.net

Note: Pastoria visits Glinda after she gives birth to their baby girl Ozma.

 

 

 

1742

 

 

Untitled Story

Deborah Holden

Oziana 1992, The International Wizard of Oz Club

 

 

 

18th to 19th Century

 

 

The Silver Tower of Oz

Margaret Baum

Lulu.com (2011)

Note: No relation to L. Frank Baum. During an age long before Dorothy Gale met the Wizard of Oz… A year has passed since the parents of Aiden, Theresa, and Terrance Silverglade became lost. The three children travel through the magical Land of Oz as they attempt to sell their crop of Silver Lilies and find their lost parents. Along the way they befriend a bunnymunch, a clockwork squirrel, several good witches, and many others.  This depiction of early Oz appears to be at variance with other stories.

 

 

 

The Dark Witch of Oz

Margaret Baum

Lulu.com (2012)

Note: The Silverglades and the Army of South Grace have been requested by Glinda and their sorceress friends to venture to the Island of Onyx. On the island, they learn that they must face the terrible power of the Dark Witch and her many wicked minions in order to rescue Mr. and Mrs. Silverglade. This depiction of early Oz appears to be at variance with other stories.

 

 

 

Old Mombi in Oz: Part One of the Oz Chronicles

Kristopher Michalsky

Igor Ching-San

Self-published e-book (2014)

Note: During the time Pastoria is king, Mombi is magically exiled from Ev to the Munchkin Country of Oz by Gemmelharf the Wizard. When the daughter of King Rinkitink ends up accidentally wishing herself to Oz, she encounters Mombi who learns of Pastoria's wishing ring and determines to get it and return home.  Well-written story, though the origin of Mombi differs from what was revealed of her in "The Malevolent Mannequin in Oz" and the forthcoming "Gillikin Witches of Oz."

 

 

 

1871

 

 

How the Wizard Came to Oz

Donald Abbott

Emerald City Press (1991); excerpt in The Emerald City Mirror #9; Books of Wonder

Note: Expanded version of Abbott's short Oziana 1976 story "How the Wizard Came to Oz and What He Did There," detailing Oscar's arrival in Oz.  This book version is incompatible with the history told in Hugh Pendexter III's Oz and the Three Witches, specifically in the ways in which the Wizard convinced the Wicked Witches of his powers, causing them to leave him alone. Additionally, the Wizard sees the not-yet animated Scarecrow when he first arrives in Oz despite that the Scarecrow was created just a short time before Dorothy's arrival, days or weeks at most, not decades. Also, the Wicked Witch of the East creates both Yellow Brick Roads simply by the power of the Silver Shoes. Yet, evidence indicates that the road was actually built, not magicked into being.  Neither the author's earlier tale, in Oziana 1976, nor the later serialized comic-book version, have these issues.

 

 

 

Late 1800s

 

 

The Hidden Man

Don (HappyHooligan2001)

Fanfiction.net (2012)

Note: The Wizard hid in the back rooms of the Palace for years with no human contact. But there was one person who knew his secret and provided him companionship, Jellia Jamb.  This story contradicts the Wizard's behavior in Hugh Pendexter III's Oz and the Three Witches

 

 

 

1898

 

 

We Both Read: The Birthday Ban in Munchkin Land

Dev Ross

Illustrated by David Hohn

Treasure Bay, Inc. (1999)

Note: 44 page storybook.  After the Wicked Witch of the East bans birthdays, two Munchkin twins, Meezie and Tweeze, are approached by Glinda (who is illustrated to look like a blonde Ozma) who tells them to get help from a wise old Tree.  He points them towards a cave, which houses a  Windbag.  Windbag, a kind of young wind elemental, admits that he'd accidentally created a tornado, which had caught the Wicked Witch who'd been flying on her way to France, and brought her to Oz.  Meezie comes up with a plan, and lures the witch to them by having a birthday celebration.  When the witch arrives to stop it, the Windbag creates another tornado which whisks her to Kansas, picks up Dorothy house, and returns to Oz, where it deposits the house atop the Wicked Witch.

 

 

 

Walk On

Random-Battlecry

Fanfiction.net

Note: On their journey to find the Emerald City, the Scarecrow fears for his straw heart if Dorothy should leave Oz.

 

 

 

Think About Your Troubles

Mariel1

Fanfiction.net

Note: During imprisonment, Dorothy smuggles ham and bacon to the Cowardly Lion, who recounts his days catching and eating deer.  For a more accurate picture of the Lion's past, see the Oziana 2013 story, "The Way of a Lion."

 

 

 

Toto's Tale

K.D. Hayes, Meg Weidman

Illustrated by April Martinez

Zumaya Publications (2010)

Note: Not to be confused with the Ian Fink Oziana story of the same name.  The events of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are told through Toto's perspective.  Anachronisms (e.g., Toto uses terms like ADHD and expressions like "this sucks," which were not known or in use in 1899) and divergences from Baum's book (e.g., Dorothy and Toto return to Kansas just after the Wizard leaves in his balloon) make this otherwise fun tale an alternate Oz story.  For a similar idea from Toto's perspective, see the Oziana 2009 story "Toto Reveals."

 

 

 

Toto's Tale and the True Chronicle of Oz

Sylvia Patience

Self-published (2015)

Note: As with the two other books of the same name (Hayes & Weidman and Fink), the author again attempts to tell Tot's version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but chooses to ignore Baum's later books.  Baum doesn't have Toto speak until the events of Tik-Tok of Oz; yet in this story he talks incessantly.

 

 

 

1899

 

 

The Royal Historian of Oz

Spike Brown

Chapman Brown Books (2012)

Note: Young Frankie and his Alaskan sled-dog Sebastian end up in Oz, and with the help of a transformed girl, head to the Wizard.  Along the way, they help build the Yellow Brick Road, suggest the idea of a scarecrow to a Munchkin farmer, suggest green-tinted glasses to the Wizard, and bring emeralds to the Emerald City just as Dorothy is in the midst of her first adventure in Oz.

 

 

 

1871-1902

 

 

The Emerald City, and How it Came to Be

Elizabeth Chumbley

The Oz Gazette, Vol. 1, No. 1, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Brief account of how Glinda tricked the Nome King (by stealing his Magic Belt) into obtaining emeralds for the Wizard to build the Emerald City.  Story also details how Ozma appealed to Lurline to turn the plants green.

 

 

 

1901

 

 

How the Cowardly Lion Met the Hungry Tiger

Judy Bieber

Oziana 1980, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Well-meaning attempt to relate the above incident, however, as per Baum’s The Magic of Oz, it is clear that Gugu has never met either the Cowardly Lion or the Hungry Tiger prior to the events of that book.

 

 

 

1902

 

 

The Secret of Tik-Tok's Origins

David Valentin Jr.

The Emerald City Mirror #8, Books of Wonder (1992)

Note: Click on the title above for synopsis and continuity notes.

 

 

 

Santa's First Trip to the Land of Oz Bob Collinge

The Emerald City Mirror #22, Books of Wonder (1994)

Note: Click on the title above for synopsis and continuity notes.

     

Ozmip?

Leon Salanna

Fanfiction.net

Note: Story postulates that another boy had been on the journey with Tip, Jack, the Sawhorse, etc., who has his own way of dealing with Tip's transformation into Ozma.

 

 

 

The Lost Emeralds of Oz

Frederick E. Otto

Illustrated by Derek Sullivan

Written prior to 1972; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1995)

Note:  This tale of Ozma’s early adventures is difficult to reconcile with other histories of the same period, particularly The Mysterious Chronicles of Oz and Oz-story Magazine #3: Ozma Sees Herself.

 

The Forest Monster of Oz

Chris Dulabone & Bob Evans

Illustrated by Doré Meers

Written in 1995; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1997)

Note: Chronicles the return of the giant spider that was defeated by the Cowardly Lion in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and his transformation to good.  This story follows the historicity established in Bob Evans in his book, Dorothy’s Mystical Adventures in OzAlso there appears to be a contradiction regarding Elephant’s first meeting with Ozma in The Lunechien Forest of Oz.  Note: This book is available online to read.

 

The Magic Topaz of Oz

Carol P. Silva & Marin E. Xiques w/Bob Evans

Illustrated by Lauren Marie Finley

Written in 1997 & 2000; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (2002)

Note: Sequel to The Forest Monster of Oz (above).

 

 

 

What If They Had Taken the Other Path?

Jay Delkin

Illustrated by Dave Billman & Melody Grandy

Oziana 1977, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: An alternate to Chapter 14 of Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, in which instead of being rescued by the Magic Belt, Dorothy, the Wizard, Jim the Cabhorse, and Eureka find a tunnel into the Nome King's domain.  After Roquat demands his Belt back, Jim kicks him across the room and they dash to the surface where they end up at the palace of King Evardo. The king is meeting with Gaylette, who has since reconciled with the Winged Monkeys.  She asks them to help the Oz folk cross the Deadly Desert.

 

 

 

From Brown to Gold and Back

Marin Xiques

The Oz Gazette, Vol. 2, No. 1, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Short story provides an explanation of how Ozma's hair went from blonde to brunette due as a result of copper dust.

 

 

 

1903

 

 

Nine Tiny Piglets

Kimberly Doyle

Illustrated by Maria Brown

Oziana 1994, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Click the link above for plot synopsis & continuity notes.

 

 

 

Ozma and the Wayward Wand

Polly Berends

Illustrated by David Rose

Random House (1985)

Note: Several incongruities mar this otherwise fun tale of Dorothy's inadvertent balloon-trip to Oz.  The fact that the Nome King's tunnel is under Oz two books (and two years) prior to the time he dug it (in The Emerald City of Oz), and that Ozma knows about it, demonstrates carelessness on the author's part.  It also takes place while Dorothy's in Kansas, but notes that she was last in Oz in Ozma of Oz, which concludes with Dorothy in Australia, and Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz has her returning from there

 

 

 

Song of Oz

Jeff Barstock

Illustrated by Christopher Sterling

Written in 1987; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1989)

Note: Dorothy enters a strange dimension in an attempt to save a dying Aunt Em.  The story itself doesn't harmonize well within the framework of Baum's early works.

 

 

 

The Proud Witch of Oz

WTalespinner

Fanfiction.net

Note: During the time of The Road to Oz, a neglected young girl who falls into a hole is turned into a rabbit and becomes the grateful servant of the bunny witch Minerva.

 

 

 

Toto, Too

Erin (Sailor) Ptah

Archiveofourown.org

Note: Toto recollects his early adventures in Oz, leading up to his return in The Road to Oz. There is a discrepancy with Eureka's appearance at story's end, as she should yet be getting an education from Professor Nowitall during this time, as per Eureka in Oz.

 

 

 

The Scarecrow and the Mirror Emily Morson The Emerald City Mirror #30, Books of Wonder (1996)
Note: See the entry above for plot synopsis & continuity notes
     

1904

 

 

Dorothy of Oz

Roger Baum

Illustrated by Elizabeth Miles

Re-illustrated by Chad Thomas

Books of Wonder/William Morrow (1989); Toto Too Inc. (e-book re-illustrated by Chad Thomas)

History: This 1989 book was adapted into an animated feature called Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return in 2014. It differs in removing some of the characters from the book, which are part of the larger Oz series, while adding some as background names and faces. On his blog, Nathan DeHoff writes: "Gayelette and Quelala, the Hammer-Heads, Ozma, the dragons from The Tin Woodman of Oz, and the Wizard as a resident of Oz were all omitted. There were, however, some largely hidden references in the characters the Jester had turned into puppets. From left to right the name plaques (with the characters’ first year of appearance in parenthesis [sic]) read: His Woodjesty of the Twigs (1922), Bandmaster of Tune Town (1927), Queen Else of Somewhere (1976), General Blotz (1935), Dainty China Princess (1900), Glinda (1900), General Candy Apple (1989), Grand Bozzywood of Samandra (1930), Ferryman of Winkie River (1917), Chief Dipper of Pumperdink (1922), and Baron Belfaygor of Bourne (1929).”

 

Synopsis: Gaylette's jester gets hold of the wand of the Wicked Witch of the West, and transforms her domain and the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion into porcelain figures.  Glinda summons Dorothy to Oz to help.  The Jester captures Dorothy and Toto, but agrees to let her and her friends go (except Toto) provided they bring back Glinda to add to his collection.  Dorothy passes through a country of talking candy creatures, befriends a china princess, meets a strange bird named Wiser, and a talking tugboat named Tugg, who the Tin Woodman fashions from the limbs of talking trees.  They head to Glinda's castle where she and Ozma tell Dorothy that she can only defeat the Jester without magic.  Dorothy returns to Gayelette's with porcelain replicas of her Oz friends, but the spirit of the Wicked Witch of the West warns the Jester and he soon recaptures them.  Dorothy then shows him a glance of himself in the mirror, and he has a change of heart and releases them. 

 

Continuity notes: As with most of Roger Baum's books, Dorothy of Oz is a twee-vision of Oz written specifically for the children's market.  Besides that, there are several incongruities: the Yellow Brick Road is said to be magically created by the Good Witch of the North with sunshine and love, and hated by the Wicked Witch of the East. Several other accounts show that it was actually the Wicked Witch of the East who first created it.  The story also postulates that the East witch had cast a spell when she was dying that's causing storms, so that the lack of sunlight is leaching the yellow from the Yellow Brick Road. Another problem is that Dorothy meets Gayelette, yet in The Winged Monkeys of Oz, Dorothy does not know or recognize Gayelette when she sees her, having never met her before. Nathan M. DeHoff's The Other Searches for the Lost Princess brought this story back into continuity.

 

 

 

The Colorful Kitten of Oz

Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Melody Grandy

Written in 1987; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1990)

Note: Account of the origins of Eureka, the Pink Kitten.  The follow-up, Lunarr and Maureen in Oz brings back many of the characters from this book.  The history as presented in this book contradicts David Hulan’s Eureka in Oz which presents a very different origin for Dorothy’s cat that cannot be reconciled with this one.  Reference to locales and characters in this book are made in Chapter 3: "The Doonabeasts" of The Seven Blue Mountains of Oz: Book 3: Zim Greenleaf in Oz.  Some may choose to simply omit the chapter (which is an incidental adventure anyway), however: a) while events occur differently in different Oz-universes, places and characters may still exist, or: b) a parallel Oziverse was temporarily entered by Zim and his companions.

 

The Merchant of Oz

Chuck Sabatos

Oziana 1993, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: This well written take on Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, dealing with the abolishment of money in Oz, contradicts developments that were established in other histories following the Sovereign Sixty, including the construction of the Tin Woodman’s castle and the identities of Nikidik and Dr. Pipt (see Appendices)

 

1905

Rob Zombie in Oz

Aaron Solomon Adelman

Oziana 2014, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: When Jinjur explores Dr. Pipt's house, she finds an incriminating picture of his daughter learning Yookoohoo magic, and heads to the Emerald City, where her father has just been arrested.  Taking place shortly after the events of The Patchwork Girl of Oz, this story includes elements of Volkov's Magic Land, and presents a history of Yookoohoos, Dr. Pipt, Tollydiggle and others that are at variance with the stories found in the mainline timeline.

 

A Kiss is Still a Kiss

Bardsong

(Formerly on Yuletidetreasure.org)

Note: After reading a book of old fairy-tales, Ozma is curious about the nature of kissing and romantic love, and asks several to kiss her to see what it's like, including the Scarecrow and the Shaggy Man.  After Polychrome comes to greet her with a kiss, she discusses the matter with her and realizes that she does not require romantic love at this time.

 

 

 

1905 – 1999 March Laumer’s Oz

 

 

1905  A Fairy Queen in Oz

March Laumer 

Vanitas Press (1989, 2007)

1910  The Charmed Gardens of Oz

March Laumer

Vanitas Press (1988, 2007)

1910  The China Dog of Oz

March Laumer & Ruth Tuttle

Vanitas Press (1990, 2007)

1911  Uncle Henry and Aunt Em in Oz: The Oz Book for 1911

March Laumer

Vanitas Press (1984, 2006)

1912  The Careless Kangaroo of Oz: The Oz Book for 1912

March Laumer 

Vanitas Press (1988, 2007)

1913  The Crown of Oz

March Laumer & Michael J. Michanczyk

Vanitas Press (1991, 2007)

1943  The Vegetable Man of Oz: The Oz Book for 1943

March Laumer, Hakan Larsson, John Plummer, Eileen Ribbler, and Michael Vincent

Vanitas Press (1990, 2007)

1944  The Magic Mirror of Oz: The Oz Book for 1944

March Laumer 

Vanitas Press (1985, 2007)

1947  The Frogman of Oz: The Oz Book for 1947 

March Laumer 

Vanitas Press (1986, 1992, 2007)

1953  The Umbrellas of Oz:: The Oz Book for 1953 

March Laumer & Irene Schneyder

Vanitas Press (1991, 2007)

1954  The Woozy of Oz: The Oz Book for 1954

March Laumer

Vanitas Press (1999, 2006)

1959  Dragons in Oz

March Laumer

Vanitas Press (1998, 2007)

1978  Green Dolphin of Oz

March Laumer 

Vanitas Press (1978)

1980  Aunt Em and Uncle Henry in Oz: A Traditional Tale of Oz

March Laumer 

Vanitas Press (1983)

1983  In Other Lands Than Oz

       Includes: Night on the Milky Way

                          The Woozy's Tricky Beginning

                          The Griffon & the Centaur

                          Scraps & the Magic Box

                          Off-White & Little Blue Diving Helmet

                          The Year of the Woozy

                          The Cowardly Lion Changes His Name

                          The Magic Door to Oz

                          Mandy's Waitin'

                          The Woozy's Sticky End

                          November Third

 

 

Kenji Miyazawa

March Laumer

Keith Laumer

Fred E. Meyer

March Laumer

Seraphim J. Sigrist

March Laumer

Paul S. Ritz & Johanna Buchner

Frank Laumer

March Laumer, Johanna Buchner & Paul S. Ritz

Kenji Miyazawa

Vanitas Press (1984, 2006)

1984  The Good Witch of Oz 

March Laumer

Vanitas Press (1984, 2006)

1994  The Cloud King of Oz

Richard E. Blaine & March Laumer

Vanitas Press (1994, 2006)

1997  Beenie in Oz

March & Keith Laumer, Tyler Jones, Michael J. Michanczyk

Vanitas Press (1997, 2007)

1999  Ten Woodmen of Oz: The Oz Book for 1999

March Laumer

Vanitas Press (1987, 2007)

2000  A Farewell to Oz: The Oz Book for 2000 

March Laumer, Anita McGrew, Gerard Langa, Dina Briones

Vanitas Press (1993, 2006)

History: The prolific and controversial March Laumer was among the first of the new breed of authors to begin writing Oz stories following the close of canon in 1962, and doing so with the permission of Contemporary Books (Reilly & Lee’s successor). March knew the Famous Forty well and had even corresponded with Ruth Plumly Thompson for a time until her death. Published in low-print runs under his own Opium Books/Vanitas Press label, he released a score of Oz books, including translations of Russian author, Alexander Volkov’s Magic Land series, as well as non-Oz Baum titles (many of which were illustrated by Lau Shiu-Fan). 

 

Laumer’s Volkov translations are unique in that they substitute many of the Russian characters and locales for Ozian ones. This has caused some minor confusion over the years as Volkov’s "Magic Land," Goodvinia, is based on and similar to Oz, yet it is not Oz. Its history is vastly different from the one established by Baum and his successors. The appropriation of Volkovian elements in Oz was perpetuated when some (though not all) of Laumer’s Oz titles included events and characters that existed solely in Volkov’s works. Thus, unless the reader is familiar with Volkov’s writing through Laumer's translations, the appearances of characters like Oorfene Deuce and Gingemma in these books might pose some confusion.

 

It wouldn't be until much later that Laumer began to garner notoriety as some of his later books began to incorporate sexual undertones and adult themes. This gave the author a somewhat controversial reputation for being the first to taint the innocence of Oz with what a few have labeled pornography. This is a somewhat unjust accusation, however, as there are no explicit sexual scenes in any of his works. Nevertheless, the extraordinarily dense Green Dolphin of Oz does contain allusions to bestiality, incest and pedophilia (hence the reason that book is noted in the Dark Side of Oz portion of this chronology). Green Dolphin aside, there is much of interest here and Laumer, of all authors, made the most permanent changes in Oz, “growing up” his characters and marrying off a few of the familiar Ozian cast. 

 

Laumer is also one of the few authors to write “Oz history-in-advance” dispelling the notion that the authors were historians chronicling events that already occurred, a concept introduced by L. Frank Baum and continued by his successors. While not everyone’s cup of tea, his books remain an interesting chapter in modern Oz history. And at long last, they're available for purchase or download, allowing everyone the opportunity to peruse this fascinating – though wildly different –  extension of the Oz mythos. Head here to purchase them.

Publishing notes: "The Cowardly Lion Changes His Name" was first published in 1971, in the very first issue of Oziana. Laumer’s earliest forays into Oz, his Cowardly Lion becomes the Courageous Lion and betroths a wife, and the Laumerian pattern of marrying off characters begins.

 

Fred Meyer's "Scraps and the Magic Box" was first published in an uncompleted form in The Baum Bugle Winter 1979 issue.  The version found in In Other Lands than Oz contains Meyer's own conclusion (which is harmonious with the Mainline Timeline and can be found here.)  The Bugle's winning entry, however, was by Camilla Townsend, and was published in The Baum Bugle Autumn 1980 issue. 

 

March Laumer's "The Woozy's Tricky Beginning" was first published in Oziana 1978, this is a cute short story of the origin of the Woozy. As with most of Laumer's work, the narrative suffers from some anachronisms and inconsistencies in its usage of Lurline, Glinda and the Sawhorse.  For a more harmonious origin-story of the Woozy, see Kim Farland's A Refugee in Oz.

 

Seraphim Sigrist "The Year of the Woozy" can be found in 1929 on the Mainline Timeline

 

Paul Ritz and Johanna Buchner's "The Magic Door to Oz" was later published in Oziana #37 "in its original form, unaltered to fit Laumer's continuity," but also without Mr. Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia and the pushmi-pullyu from the Dr. Dolittle tales, likely due to copyright concerns. The pushmi-pullyu makes a cameo, as well, in An Ozian Odyssey.

 

"The Woozy's Sticky End" is a sequel to The Woozy's Tricky Beginning in which the Woozy and Scraps are kidnapped by the Dewan of the Deadly Desert.

 

Despite being footnoted in some of his books, the following titles were never written, and represent stories Laumer had been intending to write:

An Orphan in Oz 

Jim the Cab Horse in Oz

Munchkins in Oz

Quadlings in Oz

Gillikens in Oz

Winkies in Oz

Kansas in Oz

The Musical Moose in Oz

 

 

 

The Talking City of Oz 

Ron Baxley, Jr.

Vanitas Press (1999, 2006)

Note: Originally published as part of March Laumer's Vanitas Press line, Baxley later rewrote and republished this book, eliminating Kaliko altogether, and introducing the Nome King's brother, Jaggedo. As with the version Laumer published, the Wizard finds a wife and gets married, an event that is acknowledged in James C. Wallace II's The Magician of Oz.

 

1909

The World's More Full of Weeping

Amy Fortuna

Fanfiction.net

Note: Dorothy's been in Oz for ten years, and now she has to make a choice. Ozma/Dorothy femslash

     

The Oz-Wonderland Series

Ron Glick

 

The Wizard in Wonderland

 

CreateSpace (2013)

Dorothy Through the Looking Glass

 

CreateSpace (2013)

The Wonderful Alice of Oz

 

CreateSpace (2014)

The Marvelous Neverland of Oz  

CreateSpace (2015)

Peter of Oz   CreateSpace (2017)

Note: The historicity of these stories is currently under investigation. Dorothy Gale has been to some strange lands, but none as unexpected as 19th century Oxford, England. Yet this is exactly where Dorothy meets Alice Liddell, a young woman with her own fanciful stories of a place called Wonderland. Alice finds herself pulled into Oz to face a new Wicked Witch, while Dorothy must follow the Wizard into a Wonderland civil war. Unknown to either girl though, plots have arisen against both fairy lands, and they must uncover the hidden history shared between these lands if they are ever to set things right again. The Wizard's journey to Wonderland has exposed a shared history between that fairyland and Oz--but the meaning behind the connection is still largely a mystery. Dorothy and Alice have come together to save Wonderland, but can they do anything before the Wicked Witches succeed in taking over Oz? With the looming conflict already threatening two worlds, the path ahead leads Dorothy to a third: a mysterious unnamed world that exists on the other side of a mirror in the university at Oxford - where reality itself has been set backwards, and Dorothy finds that entering this particular fairyland may end up being a one-way trip. Meanwhile, Alice must come to grips with what Wonderland did to her all those years ago. Three Wicked Witches vie for control of the Magical Land of Oz, while the Wizard appears no closer to solving the mystery of how to return the former Wyrds to Wonderland. But Glinda's secret may shift the balance in an entirely unforeseen direction! Meanwhile, a quest beyond the Looking Glass may have gleaned more than anyone was hoping for when Dorothy's return from that magical realm attracts the attention of a new player in the conflict...  Written with a faithful eye to the original Baum and Carrol classics, The Wizard In Wonderland reveals the secrets of Oz and Wonderland in a story that brings together both classic heroines in a new epic adventure.

 

1910

Toto’s Tale

Ian Fink

Illustrated by Robin Olderman

Oziana 1999, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Alternate account of how Toto got his speech that differs from Oz-story Magazine #6’s "Toto and the Truth  Also, for some reason Dorothy seems to be living in Oz, but not at the palace.  Not to be confused with the K.D. Hays & Meg Weidman story of the same name, or with Sylvia Patience's story of the same name.

 

1913

Key to the Heart

Allronix

Fanfiction.net

Note: Nick Chopper feels sorry for himself following the events of The Tin Woodman of Oz

 

What's On the Other Side

Roxie Ann

Archiveofourown.org

Note: Ozma doesn't know what to do when Dorothy ponders what it might be like to grow up and get married.  In this iteration of Oz, no one ever marries.

 

1916

Labor of Love

Kim McFarland (as Negaduck)

Oziana 2014; Fanfiction.net

Note: The third of the Scarecrow/Scraps love stories. This one records their marriage and subsequent creation of a child.  Kim McFarland (A Refugee in Oz) presents a plausible scenario, yet as with The Patchwork Bride of Oz, their marriage and offspring are not followed through in any other story. This is currently under investigation.

 

 

 

The Emerald Enchantress of Oz

Peter Schulenburg

Illustrated by Matt Collander

Patchwork Press (2003)

Note: After Trot is turned to stone by touching the diary of Oppressa, the Wicked Witch of the East, Emmy, the sister of Oppressa and Sindee, the Wicked Witch of the West, is revealed.  Not evil but good, she was enchanted into an emerald by her sisters (whose mother the Enchantress Vile, or E.Vile, encouraged to be evil).  With the help of Ozma and friends, they must find a way to disenchant Trot from the Yookoohoo spellbook of Mrs. Allie Yoop.

 

 

 

1918

The Romance of the Silver Shoes

Laura Jane Musser

Oziana 1975, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Competent short story presents an alternate history of the silver shoes that differs from that of Philip John Lewin's The Witch Queen of Oz.  For a plot synopsis and continuity notes, go here.

 

1919

The Emerald Ring of Oz

Jeremy Steadman

Illustrated by Chris Dulabone

Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1993)

Note: Time-travel story brings Lurline back to Oz in 1919 to conclude an adventure regarding the titular object.  Written by a child, and at variance with The Law of Oz and Other Stories.

 

Time in Oz

Jeremy Steadman

Illustrated by Susan R. Dolan

Written in 1996; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (2006)

Note: Sequel to The Emerald Ring of Oz (see above) takes place eighteen hours later. A third book was intended, but never published.

 

The Wizard Stands Accused in Oz

Count Mallet

FanFiction.net

Note: Princess Dorothy is asleep and nothing will wake her.  The Wizard's suspicious behavior makes him a prime suspect. He escapes custody to try to prove his innocence. In doing so, he puts Glinda in a dilemma. Will she help prove his innocence?  Or, is she obligated to request punishment for his actions and escape?  Based on the fifth season finale of the Star Wars Clone Wars animated series, the Wizard is framed for the spell on Dorothy and escapes to discover the true culprit.

 

 

 

Mrs. Yoop of Oz

Romantic Twist

FanFiction.net

Note: Woot the Wanderer gets a chance to escape Oz forever, but when he finds the diary of Mrs. Yoop, he makes an ever more momentous decision.

 

 

 

1920 – 1996 Tales of the Cowardly Lion and Friends Mini-Series

 

 

1920  Ridiculous Rivals in Oz

Marin E. Xiques & Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Randy Clark

Written in 1994; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (1998)

1939  Havenly Dreams Beneath Oz

Marin E. Xiques & Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Dennis Anfuso

Written in 1996; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (2010)

1940  The Green Goblins of Oz!

Marin E. Xiques & Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Marin E. Xiques

Written in 1995; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (1997)

1940  The Land Before Oz

Marin E. Xiques & Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Aaron Shadarko Almanza

Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (1999)

1994  A Silver Elf in Oz

Marin E. Xiques & Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Marcus Mebes (as Anon E. Mouse)

Written in 1994; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (1996)

1995  I Want to Grow up in Oz

Marin E. Xiques & Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Derek Sullivan

Written in 1995; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (1997)

1995  A Mystical Magical Super Adventure in Oz 

Marin E. Xiques & Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Melody Grandy

Written in 1995; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (2001)

1996  20,000 Leagues Under Oz

Marin E. Xiques & Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Melanie Rebecca Mendoza Tracy & Sean Maldonado

Written in 1995; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (2012)

Note: Seeking to offset the trend of some Oz books which introduce characters that appear in one story and are never seen or heard from again, Chris Dulabone and Marin E. Xiques chose to embark upon an ongoing storyline. Though each book could be read on its own, as a whole they make up a larger tapestry of events which utilize many of the same characters and locations from one book to the next. This mini-series references characters from other Buckethead (and TOTCLAF) titles, including some listed in this section. Green Goblins of Oz presents a sequel to As the Clock Strikes Oz.

 

1925

 

 

The Dinamonster of Oz

Kenneth Gage Baum

Illustrated by Dorothy Gita Morena

Written in 1941; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1991)

Note: Written in 1941 by L. Frank Baum’s fourth son, this tale about an attack by the Nome King in a giant walking office building (the titular ‘dinamonster’), is a somewhat cute story, although, clearly written by a child, and interesting from an historical perspective only. Textually, it's quite difficult to reconcile with the rest of the Oz series as numerous contradictions abound. Footnotes at the bottom of the page attempt to aid in this endeavor, but thematically and quality-wise, this tale is very far in spirit from those of the elder Baum and the rest of the Sovereign Sixty.

 

 

 

Blinkie of Oz

Justice C.S. Fischer

Oziana 2011, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Reasonable and well-written analysis of Blinkie being the resurrected Wicked Witch of the West is difficult to reconcile with the account of Blinkie at the end of The Gardener's Boy of Oz.

 

 

 

1934

 

 

Two Friendships

Stanley Worden  

Illustrated by Albert Chronic & Melody Grandy

 

Oziana 1977, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Amateurish story that is based on the idea that one of the Orks (from The Scarecrow of Oz) decided for no reason to pick up a random hyena, and then for no reason dump him over a place called the Protected Forest Preserve in the Quadling Country, where for some reason the hyena grows giant-sized and decides to take over Oz with magic clay.  It grows only more incomprehensible after that.  Dating is based on Button-Bright's knowledge of Red Top Mountain and Princess Azarine from Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz.

 

 

 

1931

 

 

Starglory of Oz

Jeff Barstock

Illustrated by Marcus Mebes & Phil Holder

Written in 1990; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (2002)

Note: Barstock's follow-up to A Song in Oz, this story concerns the adventures of a young fallen star and her friends who accompany her on her journey to the surface of Oz so she can get back home before her light goes out.  En route, they fall prey to a trap of the Nome King, Ruggedo, who wants to steal the young star’s life-force as a power source for a machine he’s built to conquer Oz. Ruggedo’s presence as Nome King in this year (as defined in the text) stands in contrast to his history during this time.

 

 

 

1950

 

 

Rocket Trip to Oz

Rachel Cosgrove Payes

Illustrated by Eric Shanower

Written in 1949; Oz-story Magazine #6, Hungry Tiger Press (2000)

Note: The original first chapter of The Hidden Valley of Oz that Reilly & Lee rejected.  In it, Jam gets to Oz by means of his father’s rocket ship, a plot device used earlier for Speedy’s arrival in The Yellow Knight of Oz.

 

 

 

1950 on…

 

 

The Lost Coal Mine to Oz

James L. Fuller

Written in 1996; Fuller Publishing (2009)

Dr. Todd, The Royal Dentist of Oz

James L. Fuller

Written in 1998; Fuller Publishing (2011)

Reading Help in Oz

James L. Fuller

Written in 1996; Fuller Publishing (2012)

The Mischievous Children of Oz

James L. Fuller

Written in 1997; Fuller Publishing (2013)

The Adventures of Lefty in Oz

Lefty Visits Oz: The Adventures of Lefty, Vol. 1

Righty, Snake and Lefty's Secret Vacation in Oz: The Adventures of Lefty, Vol. 2

Lefty and Righty's Sunny Vacation in Oz: The Adventures of Lefty, Vol. 3

Lefty Goes Jousting in Oz: The Adventures of Lefty, Vol. 4

Lefty and Righty Move to the Land of Oz: The Adventures of Lefty, Vol. 5

James L. Fuller

Privately printed (2003); Fuller Publishing (originally published in five individual volumes in 2010; published as a single volume in 2011)

The Nutcrackers of Oz

James L. Fuller

Written in 2010; Fuller Publishing (2013)

Note: Author James L. Fuller has written 22 books on Oz, most of which are traditional Oz tales, including six of which involve an older Dorothy (see the Deadly Desert for these). Of these, four were re-written with a younger Dorothy to present a more traditional Oz story, and they appear here.  Some of his stories appear in the Mainline Timeline, and likely others as well (this is yet under investigation). 

 

 

 

Early 1960s

 

 

Wiz Kids of Oz (Book 3 of the "Bound into the Classics" Series

Robert Bresloff

Pumpkinhead Productions (2013)

Note: Not to be confused with the Wiz Kids of Oz series, written by fourth graders. Grandpa Max and the boys take another magical trip into one of the best loved classics of all time. But, when Bobby, Fritzy, Keith, and Grandpa Max land in L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, things go horribly wrong, possibly changing the beloved classic forever. So settle in for an unforgettable ride through the magical kingdom of Oz as our heroes help Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion reach the Emerald City and save The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

 

 

 

1967

 

 

The Raggedys in Oz (first printing)

Ray Powell

Illustrated by Marcus Mebes

Written in 1967; Palo Verde Emeralds (1991)

Note: Powell’s dream of uniting Gruelle’s Raggedy Ann and Andy with Baum’s Oz saw fruition in this well-written story about an evil magician who joins forces with the freed Nome King to wreak havoc in Oz.  Ruggedo's restoration to the throne of the Nome Kingdom and Percy's sentence (transformed to an ordinary rat and sent back to the earth) contradict Ozma's character and later histories, including those of FF author Cosgrove-Payes (who created Percy).  The second edition of this book published by the renewed Vanitas Press (and found on the Mainline Timeline) removed Percy's death sentence and presents a more continuity-friendly fate for the Nome King.

 

 

 

1968 

 

 

Mister Flint in Oz

Ray Powell

Illustrated by The Boys of Form 3-B, Ying Wa College

Written in 1969; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1987)

Note: Powell’s lackluster follow-up to The Raggedys in Oz (see above) contains an unlikely line of pre-Pastorian rulers (named after all the writers of the original Oz series) and contradicts the history of the Wizard, who is given far more sinister motives in his dealings with Mombi than what was revealed in Hugh Pendexter III’s Oz and the Three Witches. This book also injects politics that mock counterculture ideals while endorsing labor violence.  The invention of Ozma’s mother (and Pastoria’s wife), Ozette is contradicted by Dennis Anfuso's more plausible account of Queen Cordia in The Astonishing Tale of the Gump of Oz.

 

 

 

1970

 

 

Fairness

Earl C. Abbe

Illustrated by Melissa Warner and Karla Farias

Oziana 1991, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: The story is predicated on the existence in the real world of a rare, but well-known final Oz book by Jack Snow called Timmy and the Shutter Faces of Oz, which as it doesn't exist, places this story in a parallel/alternate reality.  Click here for plot synopsis and continuity notes.

 

 

 

1971 

 

 

The Giant Frogman (of Oz)

Charles Sabatos

Unavailable

Note: Originally serialized in a privately-produced Oz fanzine, this story has not yet been published to the author’s satisfaction, and may in fact be re-written and published as a Volkov sequel instead of Oz, or not... The action purportedly takes place in 1946.

 

 

 

The Change Made by the Magic Turnstyle

Edith Ellen Reuwer & Jay Delkin

Oziana 1982, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Click the name above to read synopsis and continuity notes.

 

 

 

1972 

 

 

Beyond the Rainbow

Daniel K. Cox

Oziana 1978, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: After accidentally coming to Oz, Qwerty (from the typewriter's first six keys) ponders whether or not to stay.  The story indicates that Jenny Jump has left Oz (and that the Wizard restored her personality).  It also indicates that she'll die if she remains outside Oz, though as a half-fairy, this seems unlikely.  In other tales, Jenny Jump is still very much alive and well and living in Oz.

 

 

 

1976

 

 

Mira of Oz

Christopher Charles Douglas

Available online

Note: Unfinished (to Chapter 12) tale of the unknown history of Gaylette and Quelala.  Several others have been proffered in recent times, including Xiques' The Enchantment of Oz, Roger Baum's Dorothy of Oz and Dennis Anfuso's The Winged Monkeys of Oz, where Gaylette is revealed to be Glinda's mother.  It's been fifteen years as of this writing, the author has not proceeded beyond the 12th chapter, and the links are dead.

 

 

 

1976 – 1977

 

 

Orange Knight of Oz

Jon Michael Suter

Haskarell Book Bindery (private printing)

Autocrats in Oz

Jon Michael Suter

Haskarell Book Bindery (private printing)

Note: These private printings, produced in Ada, Oklahoma, were part of a 10 or 11 manuscript series written between 1975 and 1984 and were never meant for public distribution. The forerunner to these volumes (the sixth or seventh) is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche entitled, The Adventures of a Mustard Jar (with no Oz material.)  There is a follow-up to Autocrats in Oz, however, the title is uncertain.  The author may one day choose to revise these publications and make them available to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980

 

 

The Rainbow’s Daughter of Oz

Sean Duffley

Illustrated by Dana Linker

Oziana 1981, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note:  Composed by the young former editor of The Baum Bugle, Dorothy and Polychrome go to rescue Polychrome's brother Schuyler from the Nome King.  This version of Kaliko is portrayed as villainous and unafraid of Ozma, contrary to how he is generally portrayed.  Also, Polychrome is said to be one of thirty-tree sky fairies.  For a different version of Polychrome's history, sisters, and brother Polyphemus, see "As the Rainbow Follows the Rain" (Oziana #37).

 

 

 

Late '70s/Early '80s

 

 

Traleewu in Oz

Jane MacNeil

Private printing (1955)

Note: One of the earliest pastiches, MacNeil's story details the adventures of the titular terrapin and his friend Rick from the Outside Word as they search Oz and Ev for five enchanted figurines that the Wicked Witch of the East had long ago transformed from Traleewu's friends. The origin story of the silver shoes (spun by the singing spiders for Traleewu) and their recovery is at variance with other accounts such as The Silver Shoes of Oz and The Witch Queen of Oz.  Also, the means by which Traleewu and the young protagonist get to Oz is highly suspect.  The date of this story and composition is uncertain but must be after the close of the FF. 

 

 

 

1984 

 

 

Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew in the Oz-Wonderland War Trilogy #1-3

E. Nelson Bridewell & Joey Cavalieri

Illustrated by Carol Lay

DC Comics (1986)

Note:  This fun, albeit silly comic series from DC is faithful to both Baum and Carroll’s characters. Captain Carrot and friends join up with the Wonderland cast to free Oz from the Nome King’s clutches and disenchant its heroes which have been turned into bric-a-brac. It's become quite popular to interpolate Oz and Wonderland, as evidenced by this story, Martin Gardner’s Visitors from Oz, Ruth Berman’s short story In a Season of Calm Weather, and others. Captain Carrot is, however, too cartoonish to be taken seriously.

 

 

 

Abducted to Oz

Bob Evans & Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Dennis Anfuso

Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (2000)

Note: This lighthearted adventure about the return of the Wicked Witch of the West—the MGM version—is a sequel of sorts to Robert Evans’ Dorothy’s Mystical Adventures in Oz. The metaphysical elements are present here, but are somewhat muted and more subtle than in his previous work.

 

 

 

A Queer Quest for Oz

Chris Dulabone

Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (1996)

Note: Straightforward and fun adventure story until about halfway through when the narrative gets overtaken by in-jokes, anachronisms and inconsistencies. Features Captain Salt.

 

 

 

1986 

 

 

The Deadly Desert Around Oz

Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by J. Leigh Perry

Written in 1986; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1989)

Note: Zeb (from Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz) and his friend Joel meet a nice Sudnop, get kidnapped by Curbeas, escape, and get kidnapped again.  Dorothy, meanwhile, is abducted by a Dust Devil named Psychlapp, who changes his mind, so they wander about and join the circus.  Meanwhile, the Cranky Crocodile takes a cactus from the Palace, which turns into a walking Ruggedo-cactus.  Due to some nebulous threat of the Deadly Desert (a plot thread that goes nowhere), Ruggedo decides that a king must be involved, and imagines his name might be Onyx.  For some unknown reason, they go in search of him.  Then they encounter Nospmoths, who are named after Oz authors spelled backwards.  In the end, everyone gets to the Emerald City at the exact same moment and Ruggedo decides if he can't have his Magic Belt, then he'd rather be a non-sentient cactus.  Unfortunately, this story that has no comprehensible plot, rhyme, or reason. 

 

 

 

1987 

 

 

A Viking in Oz

Chris Dulabone

Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1988)

Note: A shipwrecked Viking ends up with the Sea Fairies in 1986. This early Buckethead title was intended for educational purposes, and has a good deal of interesting historical information on Norsemen, but it contains countless puns and cartoonish elements. The story follows the chronology established by Ray Powell in his book, Mr. Flint in Oz.

The Marvelous Monkeys of Oz

Chris Dulabone 

Illustrated by Paul McGrory

Written in 1987; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1994)

Take Me Back to Oz

Lisa McFauh-Queppe

Illustrated by Darrel Colt Spradlyn

Written in 2001; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (2013)

And Justice for Oz

Lark Vandergrace

Chapter headers illustrated by Jared Davis

Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (2013)

Note: Trilogy about the flying monkeys.  Though loosely connected to Ray Powell’s work, Mr. Flint in Oz and The Wiz Kids of Oz series, the series turns cartoonish about halfway through the second book when Diamond Ann, Queen of the Flying Monkeys, is revealed to be on the planet Noilloub (bouillon spelled backwards) in the distant future.

 

 

 

The Enchantment of Oz

Marin Elizabeth Xiques

Illustrated by Luciano Vecchio

Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (2003)

Note: Fantastic adventure of Gayelette and her impetuous attempt to become Good Witch of the North. This tale of the disenchantment of Oz continues a storyline set up in The Marvelous Monkeys of Oz and includes an event from the spurious Dorothy's Mystical Adventures in Oz, although it is not necessary to have read either to enjoy Xiques' spirited tale. This story takes place after Maggie has become Good Witch of the North (in The Seven Blue Mountains of Oz: Book 2), but by having Gayelette come to the Emerald City to meet Ozma for the first time, it contradicts The Winged Monkeys of Oz, in which Gayelette comes to the Emerald City to meet Ozma for the first time and is revealed to be Glinda's mother.

 

 

 

The Northeast Wind in Oz

Wendy Roth

Illustrated by Eric Shanower

Oziana 1988, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: For the plot synopsis and continuity discrepancies, go here.

 

 

 

1989  

 

 

Lunarr and Maureen in Oz

Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Marcus Mebes

Written in 1989; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1992)

Note: Sequel to The Colorful Kitten in Oz and Toto in Oz and features the Skitterdos from Hurray for Oz. This is a much more juvenile story than the latter two had been, and starts the trend of sillier and underdeveloped stories in Buckethead Enterprises titles. Despite this, it could theoretically fit on the Mainline Timeline.

 

 

 

Skeezik and the Mys-Tree of Oz

Marcus Mebes, Pam Baxter, Juan Reggiardo & Peter Sandbothe

Illustrated by Marcus Mebes

 

Written in 1989; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1992)

Note: Several short stories make up this adventure that introduces the cuddly Skeeziques to Oz (Some of the short stories feature themes more suitable to a PG/PG-13 audience). Some of the “Skeezique” stories encompass the events told in Acinad Goes to the Emerald City of Oz and The Magic Diamond of Oz, rendering them apocryphal from the perspective of the Mainline Timeline (see those entries for more details). That, however, does not mean that Mys-Trees or Skeeziqes don't exist.  As a Mys-Tree appears in the Kingdom of Punton (Thorns and Private Files in Oz), as well as in the Munchkin Country in The Seven Blue Mountains of Oz: Book 3, it is clear they do, even if the stories in this anthology are not.  In Thorns and Private Files in Oz, Skeezik and the Mys-Tree of Oz was said to have been published on Private Jo Files' book tree after he converted it from a history tree to a fiction book tree.

 

 

 

1990  

 

 

The Magic Tapestry of Oz

Marcus Mebes & Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Marcus Mebes & Chris Dulabone

Written in 1990; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1992)

Note: Rambunctious tale that follows the chronologies of Acinad Goes to the Emerald City of Oz and The Magic Diamond of Oz, and includes a time travel scenario where the characters meet up with all the witches in Oz back when they were teenagers learning magic in the same classroom together!

 

 

 

Kaliko in Oz

K. Kline

Illustrated by Michael Goldmann

Written in 1991; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1994)

Story: When Kaliko is convinced by his chamberlain to conquer a city, he chooses the nearby Jewel City, but once they invade the nomes are all turned into diamonds, and he stays out of the city.  Kaliko stumps his toe on a diamond, and puts it in his pocked.  He then meets Eggy McShell from Dumptyville, who was exiled because he keeps falling off the wall, wanting a rhyme made for him like it was for Humpty years earlier.  Deciding to ask Ozma for help, Kaliko then wishes to be in Oz, and they appear there. Suddenly a tiger attacks, but they're rescued by a girl named Squazma of Squash. The tiger was put there by the Wicked Witch of the West to guard the 36 people who make up smallest kingdom in Oz because they refused to be slaves.  When the tiger returns, they jump into a tree, but Eggy falls and Kaliko catches him, giving him 24 hours before he disintegrates. They head to see the Tin Woodman, who agrees to accompany them to the Emerald City.  There, Bel-Sor-T, the ruler of Jewel City, contacts Ozma through the Magic Picture to demand the return of the Magic Belt, which the Nome King borrowed from her for 100 years. Glinda, however, confirms that she made it and sold it to Roquat.  Kaliko, meanwhile, turns to dust, but when Eggy cries over it, he reconstitutes back to life.  Bel-Sor-T, meanwhile, whisks Ozma and her friends to a cavern under her city, where she threatens to turn them all to jewels, but the Belt is suddenly gone, wished away by another wish by Kaliko.  Kaliko is afraid to use the Belt, so the next morning he wishes them all back without having to use the Belt.  Ozma thanks Kaliko but wonders how he managed it.  When Bel-Sor-T arrives, she realizes he took the Wishing Diamond, which can grant one wish a day, from Jewel City. Before she can retaliate, Ozma wishes all of her magic to the bottom of the Nonestic.  She warns Kaliko not to start any more wars, and restores the nomes, reduces the tiger to a cat, and frees Squash. After Scraps composes a rhyme for Eggy, he goes home with Kaliko, terrifying the chamberlain.

 

Continuity notes: The events and characters of this story are intentionally silly and somewhat unharmonious with events on the Mainline Timeline, e.g., Kaliko's characterization, eggs causing 24 hour fatalities (they only remove immortality from nomes according to Rinkitink in Oz), Squazma of Squash, and the inclusion of the Humpty Dumpty fable and a walking, talking egg named Eggy McShell.

 

Magic Belt: For those who accept this story in their own personal canon, there was a retcon published to fix the discrepancy between the origin of the Magic Belt.  It is here published in full:

 

The two Ozzy books Kaliko in Oz and Time Traveling in Oz give histories of the creation of the Magic Belt, one of the most famous magic items in all Oz, if not the most famous. The two explanations are very different and at first glance appear to be contradictory. Chris Dulabone issued an essay contest to resolve this apparent contradiction. Below is the winning essay. The fact that I was the only one to enter the contest should not detract from my brilliant reasoning and flawless logic :-)
 

Contest Entry - Who Made the Magic Belt?
By Tyler Jones - Circa early August 1996

 

To resolve the apparent conflict between Time Travelling in Oz and Kaliko in Oz, we must look closely at the evidence to discover the truth between the rival claims of Hitveoehun and Bel-Sor-T.

Evidence in Time Travelling in Oz:
Glinda's Great Book of Records says that Hitveoehun presented the Belt to Roquat and that upon destruction, the Belt returned to Hitveoehun as the first person to touch it once it became magical.

Evidence in Kaliko in Oz:
Glinda's Great Book of Records says that Bel-Sor-T sold the Belt to Roquat. Bel-Sor-T is a worker in Jewel Magic, and the Belt is known to be heavily jeweled.

The problem here is that both of their claims are supported by Glinda's Great Book of Records, surely the most accurate and highly recognized source of information in the known Universe. However, since so many things happen in the world every day, the Great Book can at best only be very brief and sometimes there is more to the story. Here is my probable scenario.

Roquat commissions Hitveoehun, as the greatest Nome Magician, to make a magical belt for him which will do all kinds of wonderful things. Hitveoehun does not quite have enough power to make the belt just right for Roquat's desires, so he enlists the aid of Bel-Sor-T. Bel-Sor-T inlays the belt with several of her magical jewels, giving the belt much more potential power. The belt has an enormous amount of potential power, so the Great Book now mentions it as a Magic Belt. What actually happened, of course, was that Bel-Sor-T sold the JEWELS to Roquat, but since the jewels were part of the belt at the time, the book took the belt and jewels to be one and the same and mentioned the event as Bel-Sor-T selling the Magic Belt to Roquat.

Once the jewels were in place, Hitveoehun was able to use their latent power to give the final enchantments to the belt. It is now THE MAGIC BELT and Hitveoehun becomes the first person to touch it as a magical implement. Hitveoehun then presents the Magic Belt to Roquat. Both claims by the magic workers are validated, although neither one spoke the complete truth, and both entries in the Great Book are also seen as truthful descriptions.

The important thing in analyzing this is to make sure that the Great Book does not say something false. It may not tell the entire truth and cannot report peoples intents and thoughts at the time, but the Great Book cannot tell an outright lie for any reason. (maybe...)

 

 

 

1991

 

 

Sinister Gases in Oz

Ryan M. Gannaway

Illustrated by Marcus Mebes

Written in 1991; Ozian Seahorse Press (1995)

Note: Ruggedo is back to conquer Oz again in this story that builds on the chronology of The Wiz Kids of Oz books (written by fourth-graders) and Powell’s Mr. Flint in Oz.

 

 

 

The Fairy Circle of Oz: The Further Adventures of Wooglet Wilson

Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Marcus Mebes (as Anon E. Mouse)

Written in 1994; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (1996)

Note: Well written tale starring Wooglet from Hugh Pendexter III’s Wooglet in Oz.  Dulabone's story includes characters and references from much of Buckethead’s output including Acinad..., Veggy Man..., Egor’s Funhouse Goes to Oz, rendering it apocryphal.

 

 

 

The Case of the Framed Fairy of Oz

Gil S. Joel with Chris Dulabone

Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1993)

Note: Nice crossover tale of Perry Mason defending Ozma against the charge of practicing witchcraft in Oz.  This story contains situations and characters developed in the The Wiz Kids of Oz books and The Veggy Man in Oz.

 

 

 

A Million Miles from Here is Oz

Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by clip art & Marcus Mebes

Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (2005)

Note: Zixi and some of the residents of the Lunechien Forest go on an adventure to save Oz.  Lurline and Santa play important roles as well. Narrative incorporates textual histories of Acinad..., Magic Diamond... and Mr. Flint in Oz.

     

1991 – 2896  The Umbrella Man in Oz

 

 

King of the Forest

Charles Phipps

Available on request

The Wooing of Ozma 

Charles Phipps

1st Books! (2002)

The Engagement of Ozma: Book Two in the Umbrella Man of Oz Series

Charles Phipps

Written in 2001; 1st Books! (2003)

The Marriage of Ozma

Charles Phipps

Unpublished

Note: Series detailing the controversial subject of Ozma growing up and getting married.  Conceived around the same time as Dave Hardenbrook's trilogy (below).  The third book remains unpublished.

     

1992

 

 

The Odd Tale of Osoenft in Oz

Marcus Mebes, Chris Dulabone, Rebecca Lumbert, Sarah Lumbert, Jason Gelt & Derek Blockand others

Illustrated by Chris Dulabone & Marcus Mebes

Written in 1991; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1994)

Note: Building on the format of Skeezik and the Mys-Tree of Oz and the Magic Tapestry of Oz, this story continues the adventures of the Skeeziques and features several short stories within the framework of the main story.  PG/ PG-13 rating for some of these tales.

 

 

 

Fwiirp in Oz 

Marcus Mebes, Hugh Pendexter III, Phyllis Ann Karr, Ryan Gannaway, Nate Barlow, Jeff Barstock, Chris Dulabone, Greg Hunter & R. K. Lionel

Illustrated by Chris Dulabone, Marcus Mebes, Nate Barlowe & David T. St. Albans

Contributions written from 1970 to 1993; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1996)

Note: Building on the format of Skeezik and the Mys-Tree of Oz and the Magic Tapestry of Oz, this story features several short stories within the framework of the main story. PG/ PG-13 rating for some of these tales. Authors include .

 

 

 

As the Clock Strikes Oz

Ryan Gannaway

Illustrated by Derek Sullivan

Written in 1993; Ozian Seahorse Press (1996)

Note: Another rollicking Gannaway adventure that builds on the events composed by Ray Powell in his 1968 novel, Mr. Flint in Oz.

 

 

 

The Patchwork Bride of Oz

Gilbert M. Sprague

Illustrated by Dennis McFarling

Emerald City Press (1993)

Note: Short novel about the marriage of the Scarecrow to Scraps, the Patchwork Girl.  No evidence outside of this book seems to indicate that this event actually ever occurred, although, as with all entries, fans may choose to include this story as an event that occurs in their personal view of Oz. There is some difficulty in dating this story (the date given is an estimate). This is the second of the Scarecrow/Scraps love stories. The first is "The Scarecrow's Appreciation Day." The third and most recent is Kim McFarland's Labor of Love, which has the pair marry and make a child.

 

 

 

Vampires and Oz

Nikki Kay Richardson

Xlibris (2000); Lulu Publishing (2010)

Note: An offbeat and interesting narrative mark this tale of a young and kind vampire born in 1928 and her misadventures through the years and finally into Oz.  Included as well is a more detailed history of Vooky from Chris Dulabone’s Egor’s Funhouse Goes to Oz and characters from other Buckethead books, such as Lunarr and Maureen in Oz.

 

 

 

1993

 

 

The Healing Power of Oz

Gil S. Joel

Illustrated by Marcus D. Mebes

Written in 1993; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1995)

Note: Ruggedo, now a reformed and kindly old Nome, teams up with Ozma to defeat the machinations of Kaliko who’s plotting to conquer Oz.  Kaliko is revealed to have been the bad guy all along, which stands in contrast to much of what's been written of his character in numerous stories.

 

 

 

1994 

 

 

The Shifting Sands of Oz: An Ozzy Anthology

Marcus Mebes, Marin E. Xiques & Chris Dulabone, with Greg Hunter & Jeremy Steadman

Illustrated by Marcus Mebes, Chris Dulabone, Marc Berezein, Marin E. Xiques & Melody Grandy

Contributions written from 1977 to 1995; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (1997)

Note: Building on the format of Skeezik and the Mys-Tree of Oz and the Magic Tapestry of Oz, this story continues the adventures of the Skeeziques and features several short stories within the framework of the main story. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do it for Oz

Chris Dulabone

Illustrated by Luciano Vecchio

Written in 1990; Tails of the Cowardly Lion & Friends (2003)

Note: Silly story follows the adventures of young Duit along with Prince Marvel and the Red Rogue (from The Enchanted Island of Yew), Johnny Dooit (from The Road to Oz), Wayup from Thompson's "Wizard of Way-Up" serials, and Tricia (from Dulabone's The Bunny King of Oz). 

 

 

 

     

1994 – 1998 Oz and Dark Oz series

 

 

Oz #0

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Caliber Press (1994)

Oz Special: Scarecrow #1

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Caliber Comics (1995)

Oz Special: Lion #1  

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Caliber Comics (1995)

Oz Special: Tin Man #1 

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Caliber Comics (1995)

Oz Special: Freedom Fighters #1

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Caliber Comics (1995)

Oz: Romance in Rags #1-3 

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Caliber Comics (1996)

Oz: Straw & Sorcery #1-3

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Caliber Press (1997)

Oz #1-5 (Collected as Oz: Mayhem in Munchkinland and Oz: Book One: A Gathering of Heroes)

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Caliber Press (issues 1994-5) (trade paperback: 1995, 2008, 2017)

Oz #6-10 (Collected as Oz: A Gathering of Heroes and Oz: Book Two: Reunion)

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Caliber Comics (issues 1995) (trade paperback 1996, 2014)

Oz #11-15 (Collected as Oz: Book 3: What Price Victory?)

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Caliber Comics (issues 1995-6); Transfuzion Publishing (trade paperback, 2008)

Oz #16-18 (Collected as Oz: Book 4: New World Order)

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Tim Holtrop

Caliber Comics (issues 1996-7); Transfuzion Publishing (trade paperback, 2010)

Oz Special: Daemonstorm #1 

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Tim Holtrop

Caliber Comics (1997)

Oz #19-20 (Collected as Oz: Book 4: What Price Victory?)

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Tim Holtrop

Caliber Comics (issues 1996-7); Transfuzion Publishing (trade paperback, 2010)

Wogglebug #1 

Stuart Kerr & Bill Bryan

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Arrow Comics

Dark Oz #1

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Arrow Comics (1997)

Arrow Anthology #2

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Danny Wall

Arrow Comics (1998)

Wonderland #1-3

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Danny Wall

Arrow Comics (1998)

Dark Oz #2-5

Stuart Kerr & Ralph Griffith

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Arrow Comics (1998)

Land of Oz #1-9

Gary Bishop & Bill Bryan

Illustrated by Bill Bryan

Arrow Comics (1998)

Note: Fascinating and well-written, the Oz, Dark Oz, and Land of Oz series deal with the conquest of the Nome King and Mombi, who proceed to turn the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Lion into dark versions of themselves. Each of the three now-evil kings goes off to stake claim to a large territory in Oz, while the Nome King makes Ozma and Dorothy his prisoners. Enter Mary, Peter, Kevin and their dog Max, who come from earth to help the Freedom Fighters (Amber Ombi, Jack Pumpkinhead, Wogglebug, Tik-Tok, Hungry Tiger, Sawhorse, and others) win back Oz from the dark forces consuming it.

     

Dark Oz: Of Courage & Witchcraft

Aaron Denenberg

Self-published: http://www.darkozthenovel.blogspot.com/

Note: This is a novel adaptation of the first few issues of the Caliber Press Oz comic book series that started the whole "dark Oz" movement, featuring a much grimmer, more epic vision of Oz that utilizes Baum’s characters and locales, but in quite different ways.  This book was intended as the basis for a screenplay for a possible trilogy of films.  It is essentially an alternate universe from the Oz comics, as an older Dorothy features as the main character.

 

 

 

1995

 

 

Christmas in Oz

Robin Hess

Illustrated by Andrew Hess

Emerald City Press (1995); Ozmapolitan Press (2012)

Note: When Lorabie, a strange woman who designates herself a wicked witch, attempts to thwart the building of Santa's new toy workshop in Oz, it's up to Dorothy, the Wizard, Em, Henry, Ozma and friends to investigate.  The author has set this story in 1995, yet prior to Toto & the Cats of Oz.  However, as that was written in 1975 (see that entry below), the internal chronological dates, which are based on the '95 date, are difficult to reconcile.  Additionally, In The Law of Oz, Button-Bright's parents are revealed to have died in 1909 (when Button-Bright left for Mo), and therefore could not have had another son (the Uncle Walter of this story).

 

 

 

1997

 

 

Visitors from Oz

Martin Gardner

Illustrated by Ted Enik

St. Martin’s Griffin (1998)

Note: Although a fan of the series, the author ignores continuity in order to put forward certain ideas, for example, he determines that transportation from Oz to Outside World (and vice versa) is impossible since Glinda made Oz invisible in The Emerald City of Oz.  Given the arrival of numerous visitors since that time, clearly that's not the case, but the author wishes to introduce his Klein Bottle as the sole solution.  Additionally, the visitors meet Oprah Winfrey and then-NY mayor Rudy Giuliani.  When the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Wogglebug and others met American citizens in 1904 (in the earlier Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz newspaper strips and book), it was stretching credibility.  This breaks it.

 

 

 

1997

 

 

A Grown-Up in Oz

John Kennedy

Available online

Note: Well-written tale about a young girl and her uncle who via a computer game are transported into Oz for the anniversary celebration of Dorothy's first trip to Oz. Ruggedo, the Nome King is inadvertently transformed from cactus-form (from Handy Mandy in Oz) into himself and plots revenge. At this time in mainline Oz history, however, Ruggedo is already disenchanted and redeemed (see Dr. Angelina Bean in Oz).

 

 

 

The Red Gorilla of Oz: New Adventures in Oz: Book One

Richard Capwell

Illustrated by Richard Capwell

Self-published (2012)

Note: Well-written adventure, though several continuity issues are difficult to reconcile with other stories, e.g., this history of the Winged Monkeys has them never having never left their home for a century following the events of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; the Golden Cap is said to be destroyed by Glinda right after it was delivered to her by Felice, the King of the Winged Monkeys; the four compass witches are all cousins, along with another one named Marta; Glinda is subject to being destroyed by water, and Ozma's life is tied up with her wand. The Kalidahs end up in an isolated island away from Oz. The author's history of Dr. Pipt is well-told, and includes decades of imprisonment by the Wicked Witch of the East, who forced him to make batches of the Powder of Life (which he claims she used to keep herself alive), while he grew old and crooked. Freed by Nimmie Aimee, he fled to the Gillikin country where he discovered Nikidik's house and the skeleton of Nikidik. Given that Nikidik is alive and well, this is another element that places this story in a different Oz.

 

 

 

Santa Claus in Oz

Richard Capwell

Illustrated by Richard Capwell

Self-published (2012)

Note: Sequel to The Red Gorilla of Oz.

 

 

 

1998 

 

 

How Oz Became a Fairyland

Marin Elizabeth Xiques

Illustrated by Frank Kramer & John R. Neill

Oziana 1999, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Well executed endeavor to clear up the above mystery. Narrative includes Boz from Mr. Flint in Oz.

 

 

 

The Horrible Monster of Oz

Aaron Solomon Adelman

Privately distributed (2002)

Note: Tale of Cynthia Cynch, the wife of the Tin Woodman.

 

 

 

1999

 

 

The Magic Book of Oz

Scott Dickerson

Available online

Note: Well-written online story in which the author openly acknowledges only taking Baum's books into account. One of Glinda's maids accidentally rewrites Oz's history when she changes one letter in the Great Book of Records. The history as presented in these stories (Glinda's past, Lurline's enchantment, Ruggedo's history, etc.) is at odds with the stories that follow Baum, as well as the later histories that stem from that series.  The sequel, Ruggedo in Oz, however, appears on the Mainline Timeline.

 

 

 

The Lost Key of Oz (aka Glimpee in Oz)

Tor Kinlok, aka. Leslie Isabelle Frank

Available online

Note: A rough draft (in later chapters merely an outline) of this story is available online here.  The author may conclude this at a later time. As with Dickerson's The Magic Book of Oz, this story introduces Ozymandius to Oz.

 

 

 

2000

 

 

Toto and the Cats of Oz

Robin Hess

Illustrated by Andrew Hess

Written in 1975; Ozmapolitan Press (2013)

Note: After Toto goes missing, a search-party heads out to find him, only to discover that a mysterious villain from the past (Mooj, but due to copyright restrictions, Joom) has set in motion a plan to take over Oz.  Although revised in 1996 and 2003, the original story was completed in 1975, therefore, it must take place prior to that time, which Button-Bright's and Dorothy's immature characterizations would imply.  Yet, the book's internal dates consistently reflect the later dating.  Additionally, the story notes that Hess' earlier work Christmas in Oz took place a few years earlier in 1995.  Other variances include Eureka's color which is depicting as magically changeable, contradicting David Hulan's Eureka of Oz, and, on pages 104 and 105, the author states that Santa helped Glinda create "the Great Book of Records and the Magic Picture for Ozma," the former which contradicts The Witch Queen of Oz and the latter The Mysterious Chronicles of Oz.  The conclusion also sees Ozma uncharacteristically dealing with the titular cats in Oz.

     
The Spelling Bee of Oz

Robin Hess

Illustrated by Andrew Hess

Ozmapolitan Press (2016)

 

 

 

2000 – 2003 The "Dan in Oz" Trilogy

 

 

The Unknown Witches of Oz: Locasta and the Three Adepts

Dave Hardenbrook

Illustrated by Kerry Rouleau

Galde Press (2001)

Note: Controversial trilogy about Dan, an average young computer aficionado from the US, and a grown up Ozma who decides it is time to marry. Locasta is revealed to have been the true Good Witch of the North, having spent 90+ years in the US believing she was someone else. Several other interesting theories are postulated in this volume by the founder of Nonestica (formerly the Ozzy Digest), a public online e-group about all things Oz. Chapter One of this volume takes place in 1920 prior to Kabumpo in Oz.

Ozma’s Atonement

Michael J.M. Conway (as Ilnaras)

Fanfiction.net

Note: Sequel to Dave Hardenbrook’s The Unknown Witches of Oz (above). Conway has also written a slash-fic story called "Passion in Oz" featuring the protagonists of this story and Charles Phipps' The Wooing of Ozma.

Jellia Jamb, Maid of Oz

Dave Hardenbrook

Illustrated by Dave Hardenbrook

Lulu Publishing (2008)

Note: Sequel to The Unknown Witches of Oz. Jellia’s ordered life is turned upside down, when she discovers she has magical powers, which would be wonderful, except that the laws of Oz forbid anyone to practice magic except the sovereign herself, Glinda, and a few others. Even more distressing to Jellia, Ozma has set out to enforce the law by preventing her cousin Gyma from opening a school of sorcery in the neighboring Land of Op. Accompanying Ozma on her quest is King Evardo of Ev, with whom she is contemplating a political and loveless union.

 

 

 

2002

 

 

Little Birds (Book One: The Black Raven Trilogy)

BJ Rosen

Hunt Press (2013)

Note: "The magic has left Oz. Glinda has gone, taking with her all of the magical creatures. The people left behind have been working to rebuild their country with little magic to aid them. Now the Guild of Alchemists are performing illegal experiments, the nobles of Oz are plotting against the Queen, and there are rumors that ancient enemies are returning. Only the Wizard has the wisdom to foresee the coming dangers, but does he have the power to stop it? Standing against the coming dark are a teenage spy, a cynical police detective, and an absent-minded inventor. Each of them has unique skills and knowledge that might be able to save all of Oz from a terrible plot to destroy the Queen, or it might just get them all killed."

 

 

 

Polychrome and the Ruby Slippers in Oz

Sera Alexia

Available online

Note: Short story that shows how Polychrome accidentally caused the Silver Shoes to become the Ruby Slippers.

 

 

 

The Witch's Curse: Revenge in Oz

Sera Alexia

Privately distributed

Note: Sequel to the above story in which the Wicked Witch of the West kidnaps Dorothy after 100 years.

 

 

 

Bill and the Purple Cow in Oz

Chris J. Wright

AuthorHouse (2005)

Note: Titular characters find themselves helping a cat and princess through the environs of Oz.  Story could be accepted in the context of the Oz books, but for the characterization and description of the Scarecrow who retains the vestige of his gift and memory from the MGM film. 

     

2009

 

 

Silver Shoes

Paul Miles Schneider

iUniverse

The Powder of Life

Paul Miles Schneider

iUniverse

Note: Well-written novels in which Baum had been a secret agent who reported the true story of Dorothy and Oz to the world, up to and including the sixth book (The Emerald City of Oz), after which Baum made up the rest. These two books have been collected into a slightly edited single volume.

 

 

 

2009 on

 

 

The Magician of Oz

James C. Wallace II

Scientia Est Vox Press (2009)

Shadow Demon of Oz

James C. Wallace II

Scientia Est Vox Press (2010)

Family of Oz

James C. Wallace II

Scientia Est Vox Press (2010)

Note: Trilogy in which Jamie Diggs, the great grandson of Oscar Diggs, arrives in Oz and takes over as Wizard of Oz when Oscar retires and moves to the Gillikin country.  Glinda is also a teenager in this series.

The Ozian Adventures of Pickless & Blu

James C. Wallace II

Scientia Est Vox Press (2012)

Note: Continuing the adventure of Nicholas Pickleless (from Family of Oz) and Aadon Blue (a real-life child who died of child abuse in New York), the two friends are joined by Boris the Spider as they search for the missing Jeweled Star of Jak Horner in hopes of saving the Great Rainbow.

The Emerald Slippers of Oz

James C. Wallace II & Amanda Wallace

Scientia Est Vox Press (2013)

Note: When Dorothy asks Ugu the Shoemaker to make a pair of Emerald Slippers for Princess Ozma's birthday, more than a couple of witches and wizards take note and do their best to steal them for their own Evil means.  Can Pacifico, the bare-foot cobbler's apprentice save the day in time for Her Majesty's grand birthday celebration? And will the Queen of the Field Mice come to the rescue?

 

 

 

Of Cabbages, Kings & Even (Odd) Queens of Wonderland and Oz

Ron Baxley, Jr. & James C. Wallace II 

Illustrated by Gwendoline Tennille Adams

E.E.T. At Coci's Press & Scientia Est Vox Press (2011)

Whether the Sea is Boiling Hot... And Whether Pigs Have Wings: Book II of the "Of Cabbages..." Oz/Wonderland Series

Ron Baxley, Jr. & James C. Wallace II 

Illustrated by Gwendoline Tennille

Reimann Books (2012)

Of Dismal Things to Do and Deeply Sympathizing

Ron Baxley, Jr. & James C. Wallace II 

Illustrated by Gwendoline Tennille

Self-published (2014)

Note: Trilogy that once again crosses Oz with Wonderland.

The Talking City of Oz

Ron Baxley, Jr.

Illustrated by Gwendoline Tennille Adams

Vanitas Press (1999, 2006); E.E.T. At Coci's Press (2011)

Note: Originally published as part of March Laumer's Vanitas Press line, Baxley later rewrote and republished this book, eliminating Kaliko altogether, and introducing the Nome King's brother, Jaggedo. As with the version Laumer published, the Wizard finds a wife and gets married, an event that is acknowledged in James C. Wallace II's The Magician of Oz.

 

 

 

The Evil Emerald Village of Oz: Book II of the Talking City of Oz Series

Ron Baxley Jr.

Illustrated by Dennis Anfuso

E.E.T. At Coci's Press (2013)

Note: The ghost of Mombi creates the titular village. Jack Pumpkinhead, the Glass Cat, the Gump and other creatures brought to life by the Powder of Life join forces with Ozma and the Queen of the Field Mice to stop Mombi once and for all.  "Mombi... is said to be afraid of rats and mice because her parents died of the bubonic plague," was "taught witchcraft by a trio of hags... and had a lover who was tricked into replacing Charon as a ferryman in the Underworld."

 

 

 

Tails of Oz

James C. Wallace

Scientia Est Vox Press

Note: A collection of short stories about the various animals of Oz, all of whom have a fine tail to tell. These stories will delight and amuse all fans of the Land of Oz, young and old alike. From the Queen of the Field Mice to Bungle the Glass Cat or the Cowardly Lion… and Toto too, rejoice in the telling of the Tails of Oz!

More Tails of Oz

James C. Wallace

Scientia Est Vox Press

Note: A collection of short stories about the various animals of Oz, all of whom have a fine tail to tell. These stories will delight and amuse all fans of the Land of Oz, young and old alike.

 

 

 

2011

 

 

Jenny Everywhere in Oz

Kass Stone

Illustrated by Alejandro Garcia

Oziana 2011, The International Wizard of Oz Club

 

 

 

2012

 

 

Polychrome

Ryk E. Spoor

Mirabilis Press (2015)

Note: Well-written adult fantasy novel in which Ugu and Mrs. Yoop team up and succeed in overthrowing the Emerald City, destroying Glinda's palace and burning the forest of the Lavender Bear.  With the help of the Pink Bear, Polychrome hears a prophecy of restoring Oz and heads to the mortal world to secure that help from a mortal named Erik.  The narrative takes the view that Baum's earlier works were more historically accurate than his later ones, and discounts anything beyond Baum.

 

 

 

An Oz Book: Chapter 15

Atticus Gannaway

Oziana 2012, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Fifteen authors contribute to this expansion of the unfinished Baum chapter "An Oz Story," which has fun with alternate universes, time-travel and crossovers with Volkov's Magic Land and Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Roger Baum leads off fifteen chapters by Marcus Mebes, S.P. Maldonado, Jared Davis, Kim McFarland, Sam Milazzo, Chris Dulabone, Jeff Rester, Dennis Anfuso, Mycroft Mason, Nathan DeHoff, Paul Ritz, Mike Conway and Niki Haladay, Paul Dana and Atticus Gannaway. A good romp, but the last chapter presents some anomalies, creating a paradox by setting it in the present day despite the fact that Baum (or his son) wrote the opening chapter (the very basis for the story) in the early part of the 20th century. This potential historicity of this story is currently under investigation.

 

 

 

Glieseians in the Land of Oz (Clairvoyant Yarn Book 7)

Joe Masciello

Self-published

Note: Prince Drake Victoire of the Gliese 581 planetary system, and company, crash land in the Land of Oz while trying to get to a Halloween Picnic down on Earth. The Royal Cruiser is badly damaged upon impact in the blue Munchkin Country, and the Glieseians are in severe need of titanium to fix the ship... Will Drake truly understand what being a royal means? Does his new friend, Ojo, have anything to teach him? Will entering Monkey Forest honestly solve everyone's problems?  And seriously... When will Polychrome, the Rainbow's Daughter, ever not dance too close to the edge of the rainbow causing her to constantly fall to Oz?

 

 

 

2030

 

 

The Flight to Oz

Book 1: The Arrival

James Krych

Deviantart.com

130 years, circa AD 2030, since Dorothy first entered Oz. Since in Oz age is what you decide, Dorothy and Trot are in their late teens with Trot being "18", Dorothy being 19 and Ozma being "23".(Betsy is "20") And, yes, Dorothy and Ozma have a love/relationship that is stronger than friendship yet is purer than can be imagined. Picture it as Romantic Friendship taken to an Nth degree.

 

 

 

2080

 

 

A Computer Wizard in Oz

Phyllis Ann Karr

Oziana 1986, The International Wizard of Oz Club

A Computer Wizard Makes a Comeback

Phyllis Ann Karr

Oziana 1988, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Foiled by the Iffin: Another Adventure of the Computer Wizard in Oz

Phyllis Ann Karr

Oziana 2013, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Fun three-parter that tells a tale from the future of Oz. Can take place in the future of the mainline timeline or in a parallel Oz, as the reader sees fit. See the individual issues for synopsis & continuity notes.

 

 

 

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Children of Oz

Kiri711

Fanfiction.net

Note: Ozyta, the grandchild of Dorothy and Ozma, finds a portal under head leading her to Oz, which she alone can save.

 

 

 

The Making of Oz

Kochua2012

Fanfiction.net

Note: "A twist to the world of Oz. Winnie a Fairy Doctor in-training is tranported to the world of Oz before it became anything remotely similar to what it it now. With the help of a clever cat named Binx and a few sprites Winnie builds the world that will be known as Oz."

 

 

 

I Won't Dance (Don't Ask Me)

Faeriequeen1313

Fanfiction.net

Note: The Scarecrow and Scraps dance to Hammersteins' "I Won't Dance."

 

 

 

The Evil Shadows of Oz

Kimball20

Fanfiction.net

Note: For the first Halloween in Oz, an evil sorceress named Lucifilla summons shadows to overthrow Ozma. It's up to Professor Woggle-bug to save the day.

 

 

 

Misfortune Telling in Oz

Count Mallet

Fanfiction.net

Note: At a carnival-like festival, the Wizard tells Ozma her fortune. But, is the fortune the usual silliness found at carnivals, or is it something meant to be taken seriously?

 

 

 

Witches Before Dorothy

M. Joseph Day

Fanfiction.net

Note: Before Dorothy came to Oz, a lot happened. Follow the adventures of Shathana Umbr, Laquesta Basium, Calcia Argent, and Glorinda Niteo as they study sorcery under Mother Malumma. My take on the witches' backgrounds. Includes some adult themes.

 

 

 

Ozma Finds Love

Penelope Rose Gibbons

Fanfiction.net

Note: Dorothy's long lost cousin finds his way to Oz and with his charming ways, wins over everyone's heart, Ozma's more so than others. But after a mysterious string of robberies, and a grand tour coming up, charming becomes suspicious.

 

 

 

How the Hammerheads Came to Oz

Sam Baltimore

The Emerald City Mirror #7; Books of Wonder

Note: Very short origin story of the Hammerheads seems unlikely.

 

 

 

Faces of Oz

John W. Biles

XenForo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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