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Skottie Young reaches the end of the yellow brick road

emerald city of oz5Skottie Young revealed over the weekend that, after nearly six years, he has finished work on Marvel’s Oz series, his Eisner Award-winning collaboration with writer Eric Shanower and colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu. The final issue, The Emerald City of Oz #5, arrives Dec. 11.

“I’ve never been emotional about a book I’ve worked on,” Young wrote on his blog. “As an artist in today’s comic landscape, you get used to spending 6-8 months on one title and then moving onto another. The long run of characters being yours  and yours alone is very rare. To come to work every day for nearly 6 years and spend time with the same characters in the same world is something I grew to love and depend on. Leaving it behind is bitter sweet. I’m excited face new challenges but a bit sad to leave one of the most reliable things in my life.”

Marvel’s adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s novels launched in 2008 with the eight-issue Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and continued with The Marvelous Land of Oz, Osma of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Road to Oz and, now, The Emerald City of Oz. Although Baum wrote eight more books in the Oz series, this is the end of the journey for Young.

Whether there will be more Oz adaptations from Marvel remains to be seen. It’s certainly worth noting the publisher is releasing a new hardcover collection of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, complete with a new cover by Young, in January.

“A giant thanks to Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada, CB Cebulski, David Bogart, Axel Alonso and David Gabriel for being my champions,” Young wrote. “The word ‘cartoony’ can be a four letter word in our world and these gentlemen carved out a little corner for me to throw that four letter word around as loud as I wanted.”

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NOOOOOOOO!!!!1!! The books get way better after Emerald City.

I hope he does adaptations of the Harry Potter books next.

It actually seems like a nice cutting off point. L. Frank Baum wrote 14 Oz books before he died. However, he tried to stop after the 6th one, The Emerald City of Oz. However, public demand had him write more. I am reading them with my daughter and we will finish up book 11 tonight. I personally think they dropped off in quality after Emerald City of Oz. He tried to create new characters, but just recycled old ideas instead.

The Oz books were awesome and I love them. I hope Marvel keeps going on with them, but I don’t know any artist they could replace Mr. Young with.

While I agree some of the later books are rather weak and thin, it’s a crime not to finish with book #7, THE PATCHWORK GIRL OF OZ. Not only is it one of the strongest books, with terrific characters, but Young’s version of Scraps would have been AMAZING.

I hope he takes a few years break and then comes back to it. It’d be nice if he can do all 14 eventually, but no rush.

I just want to thank Marvel for what has been one of the best series they have ever published, imo.
Not only has my youngest daughter absolutely loved these books, but everyone of every age that I know of that has read them loves them just as much.

A lot about Marvel has really annoyed me in the last 8 or so years but to their Oz books, I must say… Bravo!

Kamen Rider Den-O

October 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Let the adaptation rest for awhile. I hope Skottie comes back and finish the adaptations. This series is as epic as Bone in terms of fun adventure in comics.

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