Monthly Archives: February 2020

Oz in the News 2.26.20

How The Wizard of Oz Brought DC & Marvel Together For Their First Crossover For decades, the two publishers have taken jabs at each other in their books, but they’ve also acknowledged each other’s accomplishments from time to time. On a few rare occasions, they would even bring their biggest characters together for special comics. Batman met Hulk, the Marvel Universe fought the DC Universe and eventually all of Marvel and DC’s biggest heroes met each other in JLA/Avengers. But while 1976’s Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man was the first crossover between DC and Marvel characters, it wasn’t the first time the two companies teamed up.

Oz in the News 2.25.20

Judy Garland Orchestral Arrangements to Be Auctioned Hundreds of pages of orchestral arrangements created for and used by Judy Garland will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions February 27. The collection includes arrangements of such Garland classics as “Over the Rainbow,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Judy at the Palace,” “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,” and more.

According to notes and stamps on the music sheets, the bulk of the arrangements were used for Garland’s 1963-64 TV series The Judy Garland Show, as well as other performances, such as her 1967 concert engagement at Broadway’s Palace Theatre.

The arrangements were found in a trunk left by the Wizard of Oz star at New York’s Plaza Hotel in 1967 following the Palace concerts. The trunk and its contents were ultimately given to Costas Omero, director and producer of a revue that played the Plaza in 1971. The lot includes a letter of authenticity from Omero’s daughter.

Bidding for the arrangements is set to begin at $3,000.

Oz in the News 2.22.20

The artistic wizard who brought Oz to life Scottish artist George Gibson created the movie scenery which helped define the look of legendary films including The Wizard of Oz during Hollywood’s golden age. Now his family hope he will finally get the wider recognition he did not receive at the time. In the 1930s and 40s, movie backdrops had to be created on indoor sound stages by crews of scene painters who conjured up everything from cityscapes to rolling hills. Film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) was one of the leading exponents of the art, all produced under the watchful eye of George Gibson. He was the head of MGM’s scenic design department for 30 years. The backdrops he created appeared in films such as the Wizard of Oz (1939), An American in Paris (1951) and Brigadoon (1954). His backdrops were as large as 60ft x 150ft (18m by 45m) and so realistic that the audience often did not realise the setting was a soundstage.

Oz in the News 02.21.20

“The Wizard of Oz” Rudy Slipper Replica Are Here from Ikon Design Studio Just when you almost forget about the classic film The Wizard of Oz, it returns with a new replica collectible. Ikon Design Studio is trying to help your way back way with Dorothy’s Replica Slippers. This 1939 film never gets old and there is no better way to remember it than with this amazing replica. They were faithfully recreated from the stolen pair of shows recovered by the FBI from the Smithsonian. The Wizard of OZ Ruby Slippers are sized at 5C and the inside has “#6 Judy Garland” in them. Each pair will also come with a specialized serial numbered plague to show off how unique each pair is. There is not limited edition number just yet but each pair of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers are priced at $310. They are expected to ship out between September and December 2020 and pre-orders are live and located here

Oz in the News 2.13.20

H.R. Pufnstuf Creators Sid and Marty Krofft Are Still Hollywood’s Masters of Puppets Sid and Marty’s parents lost everything in a hurricane when Sid was nine years old, and Marty was just an infant. “A couple that didn’t have any kids sort of adopted me because I was, like, the dreamer,” Sid, 90, remembers. “They worked at a theater and took me to the opening day of The Wizard of Oz. It was the first movie I ever saw. I didn’t know if I wanted to be an actor, but I knew I wanted to be in that world—and I was too tall to be a munchkin. The next week they took me to a stage show, and there was a puppet act.” Sid was hooked. His first marionette production was in front of the family home, soon after that he joined the circus. He started playing nightclubs, and by the 1950s he was touring with Frank Sinatra, Liberace, and Judy Garland. Marty joined him in creating Les Poupées de Paris and turned a puppet show into an empire.

Oz in the News 2.6.20

Barnes & Noble suspends Diverse Editions lines after online backlash over ‘literary blackface’ Tweets were calling it “faux diversity” and “literary blackface,” a major marketing blowback during Black History Month.“Diverse Editions” — a re-release of classic titles including Romeo and Juliet, The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan, each with five new covers representing different ethnic groups — was set to launch Wednesday evening at Barnes & Noble’s Fifth Avenue location in New York City. “By slapping a brown or black face on the cover, it’s more white imperialism,” David Bowles, a Mexican-American author and professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, said in an interview Wednesday. “It gives the illusion of diversity without the real diversity.”