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As we wrap up this Wizard of Oz art appreciation week, it would be silly not to pay homage to the illustrator who kicked off the Oz drawings William Wallace Denslow all the way back in 1899. From the Wiki Denslow may have met Baum at the Chicago Press Club; both men were members. Besides The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Denslow also illustrated Baum’s books By the Candelabra’s Glare, Father Goose: His Book, and Dot and Tot of Merryland. Baum and Denslow held the copyrights to most of these works jointly. After Denslow quarreled with Baum over royalty shares from

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Things are all wrapped up at the New York Comic Con, but we’ve another rapid-fire roundup of items from the New York Comic Con. The final DC panel kicked off with talks of the economy and the rising cost of comics as print publishing continues to tumble to obscurity. Dan DiDio polled the audience, and the general consensus was readers don’t care if the artist on the cover matched the artist on the inside. Are you a Barry and Hal, or a Wally and Kyle? DiDio reiterated what was said in the Marvel panel earlier; event comics are selling, which

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Or – “The Green Man Has Gone Away…” J’onn J’onzz of Ma’aleca’andra, aka John Jones, aka Marco Xavier.  The character who, arguably, really represents the beginning of the Silver Age at DC.  Invisible, super-strong, super-speed, telepathic, intangible, shape-shifting hero with laser vision.  The heart and soul of the Justice League in many of it’s incarnations, a cornerstone of the DC Universe…  The Martian Manhunter is dead.  Long live the Martian Manhunter!

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