First Look: J. Scott Campbell's Wizard of Oz #1 Cover
In March, we spoke with Shanower about the series, and what brough him, a vetran of several Oz projects, to Marvel for a new adaptation. Shanower said, "I saw the Wizard of Oz movie—the version with Judy Garland playing Dorothy—on TV when I was little. That led me to Baum’s Oz books which I fell in love with. The stories were exciting, the characters were engaging, and the artwork by John R. Neill was glorious. And the first book, The Wizard of Oz, turned out to be so much better than the movie. I wanted to read the entire series, and I decided that when I grew up I would continue the Oz series by writing and illustrating Oz books myself. In a way, that’s what happened, although my earliest published Oz books were not prose but graphic novels.
"The Oz stories and characters have been part of my life for many years. Although I’m busier now with other projects outside of the Land of Oz, I still work on Oz projects constantly. This Marvel Illustrated adaptation of Wizard is just the latest.
"Marvel asked and I thought it was perfect. I’m glad to be working with an artist rather than drawing it myself because I’d have had to turn it down if they wanted me to draw it, too. Not enough time in my schedule. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Skottie Young creates for this project."