The Spring 2016 Baum Bugle is the 10th and final issue edited by Craig Noble before he stepped down from his post as editor-in-chief. The main feature article is Barbara Koelle’s “The Boys from Philadelphia,” which examines the characters and histories of Button-Bright, Peter Brown, and Bob Up, all of whom hail from the City of Brotherly Love. The issue also includes a preview of the International Wizard of Oz Club’s 2016 National Convention in Philadelphia by Ryan Bunch; information about Walter Krueger’s new blog, Unknown Oz; an “Oz Illustrator” column featuring an interview with and art by Vincent Myrand; and a review by Bill Thompson of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s two-act musical stage play The Wizard of Oz. The front cover is a stunning composite image created by Marcus Mébès showing Button-Bright, Peter Brown, and Bob Up, who never actually appeared together in any of the original “Famous Forty” Oz books.
This issue was mailed to members in August 2016.
The Winter 2015 Baum Bugle nods to the centennial of the first publication of The Scarecrow of Oz with Eric Shanower’s essay on “The Five Origins of the Scarecrow” and Alyse Rall Benjamin’s essay on re-reading the book for the first time since her childhood. The issue also includes two valuable checklists for collectors: Paul R. Bienvenue and Robert E. Schmidt’s piece about library binding issues of Oz and Baum books, and Michael Riley’s comprehensive bibliographic essay on “How to Distinguish between the First and Second States of the Text” of the Hill edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
This issue was mailed to members in February 2016.
The Autumn 2015 Baum Bugle commemorates the 30th anniversary of the release of the Disney film Return to Oz. It includes David and Karen Diket’s article, “Did Dorothy Return to Oz?” Freddy Fogarty’s “Return to Return to Oz,” Nate Barlow’s interview of Emma Ridley (who played Princess Ozma in the film), and a second addendum to the Return to Oz merchandise checklist by Freddy Fogarty. Other notable pieces include Ruth Berman’s “Baum’s Spectrum of Pearls” and an article about “Dorothy’s Journey as a Metaphor for Spiritual Awakening” by Dorothy Gita Morena, a transpersonal psychotherapist who is a great-granddaughter of L. Frank Baum. The front cover is a behind-the-scenes shot from the set of Return to Oz from the Willard Carroll/Tom Wilhite Collection that had never previously been published.
This issue was mailed to members in October 2015.
The Spring 2015 Baum Bugle is a special double issue celebrating the life and art of W. W. Denslow, who famously collaborated with L. Frank Baum to create America’s greatest fairy tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Some argue that the book’s runaway success owes as much to Denslow’s design as to Baum’s writing. Bill Campbell traces the evolution of Denslow’s style from illustrations for periodicals to poster art and from trading cards to picture books. Jane Albright tells how, at the peak of his fame and fortune, Denslow crowned himself king of his very own island in Bermuda. Cindy Ragni relates the story of Denslow’s literary adventures with Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters, and has an adventure of her own in her “Little Journey” to East Aurora, New York. Collectors rejoice—this issue includes detailed checklists of Denslow’s Roycroft work, picture books, trading cards, post cards and much more. The issue also features “How Art Saved the Wizard of Oz,” a brand new Oz story written and illustrated by Donald Abbott.
This issue was mailed to members in June 2015.
The Winter 2014 issue of the Baum Bugle marks the diamond anniversary of the MGM masterpiece The Wizard of Oz with a gorgeous wraparound cover featuring Billie Burke as Glinda the Good. In his cover story, Anthony Tringali tracks down surviving alumni who reminisce about their experiences seventy-five years after the film’s release. In “A Tale of Two Wizards,” Jared Davis compares and contrasts the screen classic with the original tale by L. Frank Baum. Yearbook teacher Linda Thurston recounts how her students at San Leandro High School in San Leandro, California, created a Wizard of Oz-themed yearbook and encourages other schools to find their own Ozzy inspiration. Also, Zachary Turpin shines a light on L. Frank Baum’s “Der Hyphen,” a long-forgotten poem that is one of the author’s few overtly political writings.
This issue was mailed to members in January 2015.
The Autumn 2014 issue of the Baum Bugle celebrates the centennial of L. Frank Baum’s eighth Oz book, Tik-Tok of Oz, and his musical extravaganza The Tik-Tok Man of Oz. The front cover reproduces an unused dust jacket design by Dick Martin for Tik-Tok of Oz. In part one of “The Tik-Tok Man of Oz, the Fairyland Extravaganza of 1913-14,” Scott Cummings relates events leading up to the first full-dress rehearsal of the stage production. Michael O. Riley picks up where he left off in part two of his memoir, “The Story of the Pamami Press.” Freddy Fogarty shares a selection of favorite Tik-Tok items in “Tik-Tok-Tastic: Or, How I Fell in Love with a Mechanical Man.” “The Magic Picture” brings the Bugle up to date with reports on the 2013 and 2014 Oz conventions.
This issue was mailed to members in September 2014.
The front cover of the Spring 2014 Baum Bugle reproduces a color plate from Queen Zixi of Ix that was featured as a specimen of fine quality printing in the November 1905 number of The Printing Art, a specialty magazine devoted to fine printing and graphic design. The cover art complements Peter E. Hanff’s article about the serialization of Zixi in St. Nicholas magazine. This issue also features articles about two Oz “imitator novels,” The Amazing Land of Wew by John Kaufer and The Magical Land of Noom by Johnny Gruelle; part one of Michael O. Riley’s memoir about his adventures printing rare Baum works through his Pamami Press; an advance look at the animated film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return; and an article about book restoration, which is the third in a series of three articles about collecting and caring for Oz and Baum books. The Spring issue also reprints the rare story “Joan of Arc,” which was illustrated by John R. Neill as part of Reilly & Britton’s “Children’s Stories That Never Grow Old” series, although this story never was published in book form.
This issue was mailed to members in May 2014.
The front cover of the Winter 2013 Baum Bugle features a photographic portrait of Dick Martin, the Oz illustrator, author, and early Baum Bugle editor, with a frieze of drawings of his characters superimposed. The back cover is a tribute to Margaret Pellegrini, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the MGM film, who passed away in August 2013. This issue is a long one (80 pages), with lengthy articles about the life and art of Dick Martin by Atticus Gannaway; the writing of Merry Go Round in Oz (on the fiftieth anniversary of its publication) by David Maxine; and a tribute to “Margaret: The Magical Munchkin” by John Fricke. Anna-Maria Cool’s “Oz Illustrator” column focuses on how she draws the Sawhorse.
This issue was mailed to members in January 2014.
The Autumn 2013 issue of the Baum Bugle celebrates the centennial of The Patchwork Girl of Oz with a feature tribute to Scraps, an analysis of the book’s elaborate art program, an article examining the influence of the turn-of-the-century circus on L. Frank Baum’s imagination, and a look at contemporary reviews. This issue also includes an article on do-it-yourself book repairs (the second in a series for collectors), the second installment of “The Oz Illustrator” by Eric Shanower, and a new bibliographic description of the first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
This issue was mailed to members in September 2013.
The Spring 2013 issue of the Baum Bugle explores Walt Disney Pictures’ film Oz the Great and Powerful. It includes a behind-the-scenes look at publicity surrounding the world premiere in Hollywood, a film review, a checklist of movie merchandise and collectibles, and an essay on other stories “Imagining Oz Before Dorothy.” This issue also features the first in a series of articles about collecting and caring for old Oz and Baum books. Rounding out the issue is the first installment of a new Bugle department, “The Oz Illustrator,” a tutorial for aspiring artists on how to draw Ozma by the creators of the Oz-related comic Namesake.
This issue was mailed to members in June 2013.