The second issue of Oz has sold out at Diamond in the first week and is going back to press for a second printing. That's 2 in a row. Not too shabby. Read more on that below. First, I've got to put some M F'er's on blast... haha.
I've read a few things on the internets and some people ask why would anyone want to read a Wizard of Oz comic. Why is it worth it? It's a funny question to come from a comic book reader.
As comic book fans, we read stories about the same characters over and over. Every few years those stories start over and they re-tell the origin or put someone else in the costume. This fools us into thinking something has happened or something has changed. Some of these stories are great, some are just o.k., and some are just page fillers. Very few of them will be remembered 5, 10, 15 years from now. I don't think that a kid in 2057 is going to be talking randomly about the days of X-Men's Manifest Destiny, or the lasting impact of the days of Dark Reign. Now, before anyone gets their panties ruffled, I'm not taking a shot at those books. Hell, I wrote a story for the Manifest Destiny line. I'm just using these as 2 examples as their the most fresh in our mind.
But The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is something different. Not because I'm drawing it. If I wasn't working on it, I would wish I was and think the same thing. Most people love the movie, and the movie is loved because it's an adaption of one of the best selling children's books of all time. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published in 1900. Don't get me wrong, Spiderman is cool and all, but Dorothy has a few years on him... haha. We tend to throw the world Classic around a lot these days, but Oz is exactly that.
Why should one read the comic book adaption of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? Because it's a faithful visual retelling of a story that created generations of imagination and wonder. It inspired people thru the years to then craft a movie that would go to inspire even more and introducing those people to the source material. It's not anything more than it is, a adventurous tale of a 6 year old girl who finds herself in a world unknown to any of us.
And you know what the best part of all of this is. I'm getting my inbox, Myspace, and Facebook filled with messages of people who are sharing this with their kids. Their kids are reading a comic and wanting to read the next one when it comes out. As some of you may know, that is not an easy task these days. Hopefully, I can be apart of a few kids reading Oz and sticking around long enough to read our other stories when they get older. If you don't know why to read it, buy a copy, give it to a kid, and you'll understand.
One of 2008's hottest—and most acclaimed—new series continues into 2009 even hotter than before, as THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #2 has sold out at Diamond (though copies may be available at the retail level). THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #2 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT, from the Oz dream team of Eric Shanower and Skottie Young continue Dororthy's adventures in this strange new world—and brings her face to face with some new allies!
"Eric Shanower presents Oz as the fable that it's intended to be…the aesthetic appeal of this book is nearly unrivaled in terms of a product perfectly matching its aura with its basic design."—Daniel Crown, IGN.Com
"It really is as beautiful as any of the best illustrated children books you'd find, and tells a story in way that pages that all look like they should be framed should never be able to."—Jan-Ken-Pon, BookSpotCentral.Com
"Shanower and Young just don't do Baum's book justice, they in some ways make it even better. I absolutely adore this adaptation, and give high marks for all involved."-- Greg McElhatton, ComicBookResources.Com
With two quick sell outs and loads of acclaim, Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on upcoming issues of THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ!
THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #2 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (DEC088039)
Written by ERIC SHANOWER
Pencils & Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
All Ages …$3.99
FOC – 2/5/09 ON SALE – 2/25/09