It’s long been my hope that good, seasoned comics creators would take on the classics in literature in comic book form and Marvel Comics is doing just that with their Marvel Illustrated line. And while the line has already seen entries retelling stories like Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey, as well as more modern works like Treasure Island, it was the recent announcement of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that perked this Kansan’s ears right up.
Born and raised in the Sunflower State, the great land of Oz has long been a stigma I have been forced to live down. True, even to this day, if someone, upon hearing of my heritage, asks if I miss Toto or makes even the slightest mention of a tornado, I will fly off the handle. However, it must also be said that because of this heritage, misunderstood though it is, I have a soft spot in my heart for all things Oz and an even softer spot for comics veteran J. Scott Campbell.
Campbell, former artist on high-profile titles like Gen13 and original titles like Danger Girl, has been named as the artist for a variant cover for the first issue, due to hit shelves in December and he, along with mini-series artist, Skottie Young, should make this a great trip down memory lane for anyone who grew up with the fantastical tale (as well as a great introduction for newbies).
Find more about Young in this additional Newsarama write-up and this forum interview with both Young and writer, Eric Shanowar, gives some more insight into the scope and direction this adaptation will take.