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October 14, 2013 / lynnettedobberpuhl

Dark Arts, Part 2-The Pretty Side

In my last post, I introduced some of the Oz characters brought to life by the penstrokes of John R. Neill, illustrator. Most of the inhabitants of Oz are strange and many of them appear downright sinister–some of them could DEFINE sinister. But Neill has drawn some beautiful characters as well. Glinda, the good witch, is the lovely mom of Oz, taking care of business and solving problems. She has an unfortunate preference for hats that resemble the old cup-and-ball toys, but other than that seems sensible. Here she is:

Glinda of Oz copyright page

I have to wonder what she is thinking at this moment. She has a meaningful look on her face, and that gesture seems to imply something…

 

Here Glinda is intent upon calibrating a device to save the day. That's the Wizard of Oz, leering in the background.

Here Glinda is intent upon calibrating a device to save the day. That’s the Wizard of Oz, leering in the background.

Then there is Dorothy Gale, honorary princess, and Ozma, young fairy Queen of Oz.

Here, Dorothy and Ozma appeal to Mist Maidens to help them cross a ravine, which they do.

Here, Dorothy and Ozma appeal to Mist Maidens to carry them across a ravine, which they do. Perhaps I have seen too many horror movies, but I imagine them getting to middle, then being pulled down to the bottom and eaten.

 

One of my favorite pictures, even if Ozma is looking quite a bit more mature than her character in the book.

Ozma, re-imagined as a 1920’s starlet.

And, finally, the three together…

Glinda of Oz The End

Am I imagining it or is there an interesting tension in their expressions? What are they looking at? In Oz, it could be anything.

 So here we have the whimsical, not the frightening. But because scary is often fun, I will return to some of the more nightmarish images in the next post.

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  1. Carrie Rubin / Oct 14 2013 10:31 am

    Hmm, I hate to say it, but the hat in that top photo looks like a game controller my sons would use. Ah, how times have changed since 1920… 😉

    • lynnettedobberpuhl / Oct 14 2013 10:49 am

      So true, the 1920’s almost seem as different from our world as Oz.

      • Carrie Rubin / Oct 14 2013 11:02 am

        I doubt I could have gotten away with wearing my ugly man shoes in the twenties…

      • lynnettedobberpuhl / Oct 14 2013 11:13 am

        No way! Sisters of the sassy but sensible boots belong in the here and now.

  2. KerBear / Oct 14 2013 9:36 pm

    I have an almost insatiable desire to grab that hat like a handle and whack something with whatever is connected to it. Really, what was she thinking?

    • lynnettedobberpuhl / Oct 14 2013 9:41 pm

      I imagine the hat selection in Oz is really minimal. Or maybe she likes playing the cup and ball game, grande style.

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